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Sydney Youth Orchestra: Candide
29 September 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm AEST
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Based on the satire by Voltaire
Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
With additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John LaTouche, Dorothy Parker, Lilliam Hellman and Leonard Bernstein
Orchestration by Leonard Bernstein and Hershy Kay
Musical continuity and additional orchestration by John Mauceri
Brett Weymark conductor
Mitchell Butel director
Alexander Lewis Candide
Sydney Youth Orchestra
From its rollicking overture to its string of affectionate parodies of opera, Gilbert and Sullivan, tango and Broadway glitz, Candide is a delight from start to finish – one that might just make you think. While the overture and showpieces like the bravura ‘Glitter and Be Gay’ have become concert-hall fixtures, the complete Candide is rarely mounted.
If there’s one thing that drives Bernstein’s work, it’s the belief that while we might be ‘neither pure, nor wise, nor good, we’ll do the best we know.
Pre-concert talk: Held 45 minutes prior to the performance in the Northern Foyer, presented in association with Fine Music FM and Sydney Opera House.
Running time: 2 hours and 45 minutes including a 20 minute interval