LEONARD BERNSTEIN AT 100: CANDIDE
FRI Oct 12, 2018 20:00 |Seoul Arts Center, Concert Hall
Thierry Fischer, conductor
Jonathan Johnson, tenor (Candide)
Lauren Snouffer, soprano (Cunegonde)
Victoria Livengood, Mezzo soprano (Old Lady)
Aleks Romano, Mezzo soprano (Paguette)
Hugh Russell, baritone (Dr.Pangloss)
Mark Diamond, baritone (Maximillian)
Michael K. Lee (Narrator)
The National Chorus of Korea
Leonard Bernstein, Candide (concert performance) *Korean premiere
“Any questions? Ask without fear. I’ve all the answers here!” Young Candide and his sweetheart Cunegonde live in the best of all possible worlds, guided by the philosophy of the brilliant Doctor Pangloss. Then reality intervenes: and in a madcap romp through war, intolerance, earthquakes and shipwrecks, Candide discovers that his sunny outlook might – just might – be a little too optimistic. Leonard Bernstein’s irresistible operetta takes Voltaire’s comic novel and gives it the ride of its life. Packed with sparkling tunes and ludicrous jokes, and powered by pure Broadway pizzazz, Candide is a true 20thcentury classic – and it’s hilarious. Thierry Fischer conducts an all-star cast: philosophy was never meant to be this much fun!
Program Note by Richard Bratby
* Pre-concert talk(in Korean) 30 minutes before start of concert.