Bernstein on Stage
John Mauceri, Conductor
New West Symphony
Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles
Dr. Joseph P. Nadeau, Artistic Director & Conductor
Women of Areté Vocal Ensemble & California Lutheran University Choir
Wyant Morton, Director
Just Announced, Suzanna Guzmán, Davis Gaines, Celena Shafer, and Casey Candebat!
Generously sponsored by Colburn Foundation
John Mauceri performance sponsored by Kathleen P. Martin
Media Sponsor Classic Event
VPAC partners with New West Symphony in celebrating the centenary of Leonard Bernstein with Bernstein on Stage. John Mauceri, former music director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, was once a young protégé of Leonard Bernstein. He’s known for his onstage commentary between pieces, so we can’t wait to hear him share both personal anecdotes and musical insights from the maestro himself. He’s created a concert packed with pieces from the entire canon of Bernstein’s compositions for the stage.
ON THE TOWN
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NEW WEST SYMPHONY
Founded in 1995, the New West Symphony is a professional orchestra that draws its players from the rich talent pool of professional Los Angeles-area musicians. The Symphony presents an annual Masterpiece Series concert season and provides a number of educational opportunities for local youth through its annual Symphonic Adventures concerts, its traveling Music Van, and the Harmony Project of Ventura County. For more information go to newwestsymphony.org and follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/newwestsymphony.
GAY MEN'S CHORUS OF LOS ANGELES (GMCLA)
For 39 years the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles has built an international reputation for musical excellence while remaining deeply rooted in service to the Los Angeles community. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the last important links to a glorious tradition in music,” GMCLA is one of the country’s largest male choruses with over 250 singers. GMCLA also has an extensive youth outreach program that brings a message of love, acceptance, and hope to over 50,000 students in the Los Angeles middle schools, high schools, and juvenile detention centers.
THE CAL LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY CHORAL ENSEMBLES
The Cal Lutheran University Choral Ensembles includes the Cal Lutheran University Choir, Women’s Chorale, and Areté Vocal Ensemble. The Cal Lutheran University Choir and Women’s Chorale are the premiere undergraduate choral ensembles at CLU. The ensembles have earned an enviable reputation in their home state and throughout the Western United States for their commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in their original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the University’s Lutheran heritage, the choirs also embrace innovative new music as well as music expressing a multi-cultural perspective.
SUZANNA GUZMÁN, MEZZO-SOPRANO
Actor, tv/radio host and mezzo soprano, has appeared as a principal soloist with orchestras and opera houses around the world, including the Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, Dallas Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Opera de Genéve, and San Diego Opera, to name a few. Known for her portrayal of the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, (Fire-breathing actress, devastingly sexy.” TIME magazine), she is also a champion of new music, most recently, in The Industry’s acclaimed Hopscotch, the mobile opera. She has created premieres in lead roles in works by Michael Nyman, Daniel Catán, Giancarlo Menotti, Ian Krouse, and recently as the Mother in Jake Heggie’s Dead Man Walking: “Guzmán came across as so authentic, it transcended the artificiality of the theatrical experience. Everything seemed to melt away: the moment danced between sobering and exhilarating.” Fresno Bee
DAVIS GAINES, BARITONE
Davis Gaines performed the title role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera more than 2,000 times during his run on Broadway, in Los Angeles (L.A.’s longest-running Phantom), and in San Francisco (Bay Area Critics’ Award for Best Actor). Other Broadway and National Tour credits include the world premiere of Lloyd Webber’s Whistle Down the Wind, Cornelius Hackl in Hello, Dolly! (with Carol Channing), Camelot (with Richard Burton) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (with Alexis Smith). Gaines’ Off-Broadway appearances include Des McAnuff’s The Death of Von Richthofen as Witnessed from Earth, the Maury Yeston/Larry Gelbart musical One Two Three Four Five, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, She Loves Me, and Forbidden Broadway. In Southern California, he has appeared as Tito Merelli in Lend Me a Tenor (McCoy/Rigby), at Musical Theatre West as Juan Peron in Evita, Lawrence Jameson in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha (Ovation Award and Broadway World Award, Best Lead Actor in a Musical), King Arthur in Spamalot, Javert in Les Miserables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Richard Henry Lee in 1776 and Mack Sennett in Mack and Mabel.
CELENA SHAFER, SOPRANO
After two summers as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, the career of Soprano Celena Shafer was launched to critical raves as Ismene in Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto. Since that breakthrough debut, Ms. Shafer has garnered acclaim for her silvery voice, fearlessly committed acting and phenomenal technique. She spends much of her time on the concert stage working with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time.
Among Ms. Shafer's 2017/2018 appearances include Musetta in La Boheme and the Mozart Mass in C Minor for the Utah Symphony, Carmina Burana in Costa Rica, and Handel's Messiah with the Nashville Symphony.
During the 2016/2017 season she sang Mahler Symphony No. 2 at the Britt Festival in Oregon, and repeated the work with the Louisville Orchestra. She returned to the Phoenix Symphony for Handel's Messiah, sang Mozart arias and Carmina Burana with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, and performed Marzelline in Beethoven's Leonore with the Washington Concert Opera.
CASEY CANDEBAT, TENOR
Casey Candebat, a tenor hailing from New Orleans, is quickly garnering the attention of opera companies around the country. He will be part of the workshop of Matthew Aucoin’s new opera, Eurydice, with the Metropolitan Opera in New York this January. He is a frequent performer with San Francisco Opera, New Orleans Opera, Kansas City Opera, Opera Santa Barbara, and Opera Grand Rapids. He is a graduate of the illustrious Merola Opera Program, where he was a two-time participant in the summer training program. With the New Orleans Opera, he has been featured in their productions of Orpheus in the Underworld, Dead Man Walking, Salome, Madama Butterfly, Rigoletto, Il Trittico, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, and Turandot. Equally at home in concert work and oratorio, Mr. Candebat recently performed Verdi’s Messa da Requiem with the New West Symphony in Los Angeles and will be the tenor soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra this season. He has also performed the tenor solos in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Mozart’s Coronation Mass, and Schubert’s Mass in E-flat, to name a few. A frequent recitalist, Mr. Candebat has had several highly acclaimed touring recitals including: Casey at the Movies, O Holy Night of Opera, and Scarborough Fair: Folk Songs of the British Isles. Mr. Candebat has won several prestigious vocal competitions, including the Grand Prize in the Bel Canto Foundation Voice Competition, 2011. Mr. Candebat is a graduate of Northwestern University and Loyola University New Orleans.
Performances Magazine, "Beloved Bernstein". Oct 2017