In a capstone to our Leonard Bernstein centenary celebration, we present his quirky, complex, irreverent, and very humorous operetta Candide, with orchestral staging.
Hello! James Alexander, stage director for the June Stokowski Celebration concerts here!
In this latest blog in our series I want to show you how I’m aiming to complement Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s re-telling of Rimsky-Korsakov’s evocative Sheherazade.
As for the eye-catching bespoke imagery being created for this concert, like the composer himself, I am eschewing a definitive narrative. Rather, I’m endeavoring to offer images which accompany this dazzling and colorful score and offer you a visual thematic fantasy.
I’m not making a film which recounts the stories associated with each of the four movements of the work, or attempting to spin a slavish narrative from the stories of The Arabian Nights. After all, who would dare try to match the brave Sheherazade’s epic story-telling skills? All I want to do is use our cutting-edge visual technology to swathe you in some magically exotic imagery that captures the essences of these ancient stories.