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Come join Opera del West in celebrating Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday!  We will be performing not one, but two shows in August. A local composer and conductor, Bernstein grew up in Lawrence and Sharon before attending Harvard University, so we decided to honor him.

Our first show will be a Leonard Bernstein Gala at The Center for Arts in Natick on August 19th. Opera del West singers will perform songs from such shows as West Side Story, Trouble in Tahiti, and Wonderful Town, ending with a preview of three scenes from Candide. Artistic Director Eve Budnick, and composer Dan Shore will act as guides and pianists for this tour through four decades of well-known numbers from these celebrated shows and operettas.

Then, on August 24th and 25th (Mr. Bernstein’s actual birthday) we will put on a fully staged production of Candide at the Plaza Theatre of Boston Center for the Arts (539 Tremont Street). This will be directed by Kristy Chambrelli, and will include a chamber orchestra conducted by Eve Budnick. This comic operetta tells the story of a young man, Candide, who is thrown into a world of catastrophes, love, and adventures. Famous songs such as Glitter and be Gay, and Make Our Garden Grow, as well as biting satire round out the show.

Plan to celebrate Lenny’s birthday by coming to one (or both!) of these exciting performances.


Leonard Bernstein Gala: August 19th, 7pm
The Center for Arts in Natick
14 Summer Street, Natick


Candide: August 24th and 25th, 8pm
Plaza Theatre, BCA
539 Tremont St, Boston



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