The Orchestra Now Presents
Leonard Bernstein's CandideTON associate conductor and academic director James Bagwell will lead two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s acclaimed opera Candide, based on the immortal comic classic by Voltaire. Stephen Sondheim and Lillian Hellman contributed to Richard Wilbur’s libretto. The program will be sung by more than a dozen soloists from the Bard College Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, with the Bard College Symphonic Chorus and Bard College Chamber Singers.
Director Michael Hofman writes “Candide possesses a compositional style that straddles the line between the orchestral complexity and vocal prowess of operatic writing and the tunefulness and wit of American musical theater all while drawing from a broad diversity of European and North and South American musical idioms. Like the story of Candide itself, Bernstein brings you on a journey through musical time and space that all somehow remains very distinctly his own, tongue-in-cheek and winking.”
Learn about Candide in this NPR feature.
Listen to an audio sample of Candide at WQXR.