Meet the biggest string instrument we have! While violins and cellos are easy to notice, the bass section is always at the back of the stage. Join us and meet one of our bass players, Nathaniel West, and learn all about that bass!
Yannick Nézet-Séguin - Conductor
Bradley Cooper - Narrator
Carey Mulligan - Narrator
Alek Shrader - Candide
Erin Morley - Cunegonde
Denyce Graves - The Old Lady
Kevin Vortmann - Dr. Pangloss/Beggar
Timothy McDevitt - Maximilian/Prefect
Amanda Lynn Bottoms - Paquette
William Burden - Governor/Vanderdendur
Benjamin Krumreig - Captain/Crook
Curtis Bannister - Prince Ragotski
Daniel Rowan - Baron
Isabel Santiago - Baroness/Sheep
J.D. Webster - Heresy Agent/Priest
Meredith Lustig - Sheep
Ward Billeisen - Prisoner/Aide
Brittany Bigelow - Dancer
Nicholas Cunningham - Dancer
Philadelphia Symphonic Choir
Joe Miller - Director
Kevin Newbury - Stage Director
Leslie Stifelman - Music Supervisor
Melissa Mahon - Choreographer
Andrew Boyce - Stage Design
Christopher Frey - Lighting Designer
Paul Carey - Costume Design
S. Katy Tucker - Video and Projection Design
Anne Ford-Coates - Hair and Make-Up Design
Rick Jacobsohn - Sound Design
Stephanie Klapper - Casting Director
James Onstad - Assistant Stage Director
Victoria Bek - Costume Coordinator
Yasmine Kiss - Stage Manager
Michael Repper - Rehearsal Accompanist
Bernstein - Candide
Don't miss the star-studded finale to the Orchestra's 2018-19 season! Academy Award nominees Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan narrate a 1990s-inspired symphonic staging of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, led by Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, June 20-22 in Verizon Hall. Bernstein's irreverent and humorous operetta Candide is presented as a coming-of-age story set in spring 1992, unfolding in a high-school classroom and inspired by films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dazed and Confused. The characters will be portrayed as the archetypes of high-school life: Candide as the bookish nerd, Cunegonde as the ambitious head cheerleader, Paquette as the introverted goth, and Maximilian as the flamboyant drama club president. The staging—complete with full costuming, scenic design, and theatrical lighting and projection—will trace how these characters change from naïve teenagers to expectant graduates.
Cooper and Mulligan join The Philadelphia Orchestra and an all-star cast from the worlds of opera and Broadway, including Alek Shrader, Erin Morley, Denyce Graves, Kevin Vortmann, and Timothy McDevitt, reuniting many of the collaborators from the Orchestra's previous Bernstein projects. Stage Director Kevin Newbury will set the production of Bernstein's Candide.
First performed in 1956, Candide has come into its own in recent decades, thanks to Bernstein's endless musical inventiveness and collaborators from Stephen Sondheim to Dorothy Parker—and Voltaire, who wrote the original story, published in 1759. Nézet-Séguin's great love for Bernstein's music has shone throughout the centennial celebration, and in previous Philadelphia Orchestra seasons, beginning with the Orchestra's production of MASS in 2015 and continuing through West Side Story and a cycle of his complete symphonies. Candide brings The Philadelphia Orchestra's celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Leonard Bernstein to a joyous conclusion.
The Bernstein Centennial Celebration in its entirety is made possible in part by the generous support of the Presser Foundation.