Candide To Feature Stellar Cast of Guest Artists

Bangor, ME ā€“Ā The Bangor Symphony Orchestra continues its season long celebration of the Leonard Bernstein Centennial with a program featuring selections from the composerā€™s masterpiece of operetta,Ā Candide, on Sunday, April 7th. The concertā€™s first half will highlight diverse works by William Grant Still and Joan Tower, as well as a new piece by Lucas Richman.

A stellar cast from the worlds of opera and musical theater will bringĀ CandideĀ to life, including Metropolitan Opera Artist Aaron Blake in the title role and Amy Maples as Cunegonde. Christopher Sanders (BSO’sĀ Carmina Burana, 2014) and Kelly Lester (BSO’sĀ Celebrating Women, 2017, and Penobscot Theatre Company’sĀ Spitfire Grill, 2018) make return appearances, and tenor Boris Van Druff makes his BSO debut. The University of Maine Singers and Oratorio Society join in the collaboration, conducted by Music Director and Conductor Lucas Richman.

Aaron Blake recently earned raves for his performance as Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; in May, he appears with the Metropolitan Opera inĀ Dialogues des CarmĆ©lites.

This concert and related educational programming is made possible with the support of Deighan Wealth Advisors and the Davis Family Foundation.

General Ticket Information

Tickets, including all fees, start at $20 for adults and $15 for students. Families with children 18-and-under may take advantage of theĀ Know Your Orchestra!Ā Voucher Program for further discounted tickets. Purchase through the Collins Center for the Arts Box Office by phone at 1-800-622-TIXX and online at The UBS Pre-Concert Talk will take

Related Events

  • Bernstein Centennial Film Screening: West Side StoryĀ [Friday, March 29, 7 p.m. at the Bangor Arts Exchange, Free Admission]
  • BSO Deep Dives: Bernsteinā€™s CandideĀ [Friday, April 5, 12 p.m. at the Bangor Arts Exchange, $20 Per Person]
  • Annual Dr. Maurice P. King and Constance King Barnes Master ClassĀ [Friday, April 5, 4:30 p.m. at the Bangor Arts Exchange, Free Admission]
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Media Opportunities

Cast members and Lucas Richman will be available for TV interviews at the Bangor Arts Exchange the morning of Friday, April 5. Please contact Brian Hinrichs at to schedule an interview, for additional comment, or for high resolution images.