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Moravian College to present Leonard Bernstein's Candide

Concert to feature Moravian Choir and the Candide Festival Orchestra—April 25, 26

Bethlehem, Pa., April 8, 2009—Moravian College will present Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on Saturday, April 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 at 4:00 p.m. in Foy Concert Hall at Moravian College.  The concert will showcase the talents of the Moravian Choir and the Candide Festival Orchestra.

The Moravian Choir will be directed by Paula Ring Zerkle, associate music professor and the director of Choral Music at Moravian College. Tenor Noah Rachels ’00 will star in the lead role of Candide.  Jennifer Sherman ’07, lyric coloratura soprano will play the role of Cunegonde; and Daniel Foltz-Morrison ’09, Westfield, N.J. will play Voltaire/Pangloss. Mezzo-soprano Kelly Schmidt, a Lehigh Valley native, will play The Old Lady. In his first operetta, Erik Wicklund ’10, Northfield, Vermont, will perform as Maximilian. Shannon Murray ’11, Downingtown, Pa. will play Paquette; and Joshua Beri ’09, Roswell, Georgia, will play Cacambo. The choreography was arranged by Megan Greiner ‘09, Harrisburg, Pa.

Candide was composed by Leonard Bernstein in the mid 1950s and opened on Broadway as a musical in December 1956. It is based on a novella by Voltaire, a prominent philosopher and writer during the 18th century. Voltaire manages to mock everything from religion, philosophy, politics, armed serves, and war, to social status, racial discrimination, contemporary society, and human nature.

The story of Candide satirizes a young man’s journey from naïve optimism (due to a simple, sheltered life) to disillusionment (after several years of hard travel, betrayal, danger, natural disasters, and death). After all the crazy things he endures, Candide finally comes to understand that he must not make assumptions about life, but instead, he must “cultivate his garden.”
General admission is $15; and $10 for seniors and students with I.D. Foy Concert Hall is located on the Hurd campus at the corner of Main and Church Streets in historic Bethlehem. For additional information, call the Music Department at 610-861-1350 or email music@moravia.edu.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at http://www.moravian.edu/.