Posted by Peggy Dettwiler for 2-7-18
Bernstein’s Candide in Carnegie Hall
80 Mansfield University singers from the current undergraduate Concert Choir and former alumni choir members will embark on a fantastic opportunity to perform in a professional Broadway show under the direction of Rob Fisher in Carnegie Hall on Wednesday, April 18 at 7 pm.
Fisher (renowned Broadway musical director and recipient of a Doctor of Music Degree from MU in 2016) invited Peggy Dettwiler to form an 80-voice choir to sing all of the choruses in Bernstein’s comic operetta, Candide, in a benefit concert for Carnegie Hall. This is an event similar to The Sound of Music in 2012, where Mansfield singers performed the nuns’ choruses. Celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday are happening across the country and Mansfield students are privileged to be a part of this one!
Bernstein’s Candide, based on Voltaire’s satirical tale, requires operatic virtuosity and quick delivery of text through its many “patter” songs. The flashy overture, dazzling coloratura soprano aria “Glitter and Be Gay,” and deeply moving “Make Our Garden Grow” finale are highlights. Performed in concert by professional guest artists and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Candide is an ideal celebration of the Bernstein centenary.
Area residents can attend the gala performance by purchasing tickets directly from Carnegie’s website at this link:
Or, if friends and family want to purchase transportation as well, they can go to the link below and purchase tickets and bus transportation to and from NYC for $105 through Benedict’s Bus Transportation.