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CANDIDE AT THE MUSIC CENTER

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Leonard Bernstein’s operetta CANDIDE (1956)—musical theater’s polymorphous masterpiece—started out as a Cold War retort against McCarthyism, with a libretto by Lillian Hellman, and lyrics by film writer James Agee (which were dropped), Richard Wilber, John Latouche, and Dorothy Parker. In the 1970s, a book by Hugh Wheeler—truer to Voltaire’s satire—replaced Hellman’s (who had prohibited use of […]

KEIGWIN + COMPANY DANCE BERNSTEIN

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Leonard Bernstein’s centenary is being celebrated by orchestras, opera companies, museums, book publishers, and arts organizations around the world. This weekend at CSUN, the troupe Keigwin + Company will dance two world premieres set to Bernstein compositions: SONATA (based on the composer’s Sonata for Clarinet and Piano), and THREE PLUS ONE (from Piano Trio). Also on […]