Classics 3 – Guest Artist: Sandy Cameron

Saturday | January 26, 2019 | 6 pm

Conductor
Guest Artist

SANDY CAMERON, violin

JAMES HAFFNER, stage director

Actors from the University of the Pacific Opera Theater

Program

BERNSTEIN: Overture to Candide
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D major
PROKOFIEV: Suite from Romeo and Juliet

Overview

  • Bernstein’s Candide Overture … brilliantly scored, exuberant and vibrant, with tender lyrical moments
  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto … young virtuoso Sandy Cameron shines in this robust and expansive masterpiece, ranging from the energetic and powerful to the sublime
  • Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite … exploration of a tragic love story, as live actors weave famous Shakespearean scenes into an invigorating and captivating performance

Concert Tidbits

  • Sandy Cameron is a brilliant young artist that made her professional debut at young age of 12 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
  • Bernstein was the first US-born conductor to be at the helm of a major American orchestra with his appointment as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic from 1958 to 1969. Bernstein always said he wanted to write “the Great American opera.” He probably came closest to that with Candide, written in 1956, which he labeled “a comic operetta” which was based on Voltaire’s satirical novella of 1759.
  • Beethoven’s Violin Concerto in D was his only concerto for violin. It was commissioned by violinist Franz Clement, who wanted a dramatic showpiece for an upcoming concert. Beethoven completed the work within a few weeks.
  • In 1935 Sergei Prokofiev was living in Paris. Stalin wanted Prokofiev back in the Soviet Union as an emblem of its cultural credibility so he offered him a commission to write a ballet of Romeo and Juliet. Prokofiev accepted and moved back to Moscow and set out to rewrite Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, granting the lovers in his ballet a happy ending. Prokofiev changed one of the most famous endings in literature because, as the composer himself explained “living people can dance, the dead cannot.” Additionally, according to Prokofiev’s deeply held Christian Science beliefs, death does not exist….Prokofiev died at the age of 61 years old on March 5, 1953 – the same day as Stalin.

Program Notes

Classics 3 program notes

 

Concert Sponsors

Michael & Karen Hall | Joe & Rita Sublett

Guest Artist Sponsors

Hon. Ann M. Chargin | Henry & Carol Zeiter