Music Inspired by ‘Candide’ at Hudson Opera House

Image by Robert Polack, taken from a 1920s edition of Candide

(HUDSON, N.Y.) – Works inspired by Voltaire’s “Candide” by Haydn, Schumann, Prokofiev, Brahms, Golijov, and others will be performed by musicians from The Orchestra Now in “Candide’s Journey” at the Hudson Opera House on Saturday, February 11, from noon to 5pm. The casual event, to be held in the Opera House’s intimate West Room, is free and open to the public. Music lovers are encouraged to step in and out throughout the day.

The event is part of “Make Our Garden Grow,” a free music festival by The Orchestra Now, which is based at Bard College.

The performance schedule is as follows:
12 pm–1 pm

Intro to Candide’s Journey: Ethically, Philosophically, Politically, Geographically

Haydn: String Quartet in E-flat major, “The Joke”

Osvaldo Golijov: Mariel

Schumann: String Quartet No. 1


1 pm–2 pm

Martin?: Nonet No. 2

Janá?ek: Suite for Strings

Q&A with James Bagwell, conductor of Candide


2 pm–3 pm

Prokofiev: String Quartet No. 2

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasilerias No. 5


3 pm–4 pm

Brahms: Clarinet Quintet


4 pm–5 pm

Brass selections from Bernstein’s West Side Story Suite

Newly-commissioned brass quintets written by Bard College Conservatory of Music composers Corey Chang and Jackson Spargur




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