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Happy Birthday, Lenny!

Saturday, August 25, 1918/2018

7:30 P.M.

McMahon Auditorium

BERNSTEIN • Overture to Candide

BERNSTEIN • Symphony No. 2, “Age of Anxiety”

Andrew Staupe, pianist

BEETHOVEN • Symphony No. 5

As a composer, Bernstein was torn between Broadway and the concert stage, and we begin the season with examples from “the best of all possible worlds.” His Overture to “Candide” remains a staple in the concert hall, and his Symphony No. 2 benefits from his prowess as a pianist in the solo part. To conclude, a powerful and contrasting symphony often conducted by Bernstein, Beethoven’s Fifth.

Concert Completed

Bernstein and Mahler

Saturday, February 9, 2019 • 7:30 P.M.

BACH • Brandenburg Concerto No. 3
DEBUSSY • Danses sacrée et profane
Gaye LeBlanc, principal harp
MAHLER • Adagietto from Symphony No. 5
DVORAK • Serenade for Strings

Bernstein’s book, “The Infinite Variety of Music” is the inspiration for the title of our season, and this concert epitomizes that sentiment in spades. Bernstein often played the famed “Adagietto” from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 for special occasions.

On the Town

Saturday, April 27, 2019 • 7:30 P.M.

ON THE TOWN in Concert
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Book & Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Book based on an idea by Jerome Robbins
Featuring: Sherri Edelen, Ben Lurye and Tracy Olivera

Bernstein’s first musical, “On the Town” is full of delightful tunes, rhythms and dance music. This concert will feature three guest soloists and a cast of local performers.