Candide

Atlanta Symphony Hall
Recommended for ages 12+ due to mild sexual situations and violence.
Musical
music
Leonard Bernstein
lyrics
Richard Wilbur
additional lyrics
John Latouche
additional lyrics
Stephen Sondheim
adaptation for the stage
Hugh Wheeler
musical direction
Robert Spano
directed by
Susan V. Booth

The Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will co-produce a concert staging of the Tony Award-winning musical Candide in Symphony Hall. In this popular adaptation of Voltaire's satirical novel, the naïve Candide is separated from his beloved and journeys around the world to find her while fiercely retaining his mentor's belief that "this is the best of all possible worlds" in the face of ever-increasing catastrophes. Candide will feature a cast of actors, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony Chorus in this historic Alliance Theatre/Atlanta Symphony Orchestra co-production.  

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

  • See the Candide Production Photos here

    The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

The cast of the Alliance Theatre's 2017/18 production of Candide with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and ASO Chorus. Photos by Greg Mooney.

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Susan V. Booth & Evans Mirageas talk Candide

Atlanta Symphony Hall

Atlanta Symphony Hall, photo of performers on stage

1280 Peachtree Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309 Directions

Located with the Alliance Theatre on the campus of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra continues to affirm its position as one of America’s leading orchestras with excellent live performances, renowned guest artists and engaging education initiatives, all under Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

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“Over the course of the next two seasons, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the music of two famous “LBs”: Leonard Bernstein and Ludwig van Beethoven. From two different centuries and two different worlds, both “LBs” embraced an egalitarian idealism and displayed a groundbreaking genius. As part of this celebration, we are delighted to collaborate with the Alliance Theatre to bring Leonard Bernstein’s irresistible operetta Candide to the Symphony Hall stage.”
Jennifer Barlament, Executive Director, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra

Cast

Matt A. Acheson (Toy Theatre Puppeteer, Puppet Fabricator) is a puppet and theater artist based in Brooklyn. He is a founder of AchesonWalsh Studios, a kinetic creation studio providing design, fabrication, direction and performance services, whose clients include Amazon Studios, Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Yale School of Drama. Matt has had the pleasure of working with many exceptional artists including Basil Twist, Dan Hurlin, Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer, Paula Vogel, Chris Green, Metropolitan Opera, The Swedish Marionette Cottage, MTV, Lake Simons and Nami Yamamoto. Matt designed, built, and directed the marionettes for Rinna Groff’s Compulsion, directed by Oscar Eustis. Matt was the Puppetry Director for Warhorse, during its run at Lincoln Center Theater and for the North American tour. Matt directs and curates the annual St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab with Krissy Smith.

Matt A. Acheson
Matt A. Acheson
Puppet Master

Matt A. Acheson (Toy Theatre Puppeteer, Puppet Fabricator) is a puppet and theater artist based in Brooklyn. He is a founder of AchesonWalsh Studios, a kinetic creation studio providing design, fabrication, direction and performance services, whose clients include Amazon Studios, Broadway, Lincoln Center Theater, Long Wharf Theatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Yale School of Drama. Matt has had the pleasure of working with many exceptional artists including Basil Twist, Dan Hurlin, Mabou Mines, Lee Breuer, Paula Vogel, Chris Green, Metropolitan Opera, The Swedish Marionette Cottage, MTV, Lake Simons and Nami Yamamoto. Matt designed, built, and directed the marionettes for Rinna Groff’s Compulsion, directed by Oscar Eustis. Matt was the Puppetry Director for Warhorse, during its run at Lincoln Center Theater and for the North American tour. Matt directs and curates the annual St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab with Krissy Smith.

Jeremy Aggers (Governor's Aide/Ensemble, U/S Baron Ragotski) is a voiceover artist, songwriter, and actor with three albums under the Brash Music label, and over 250 audiobooks under Jeremy Arthur and other pseudonyms. Alliance: Shakespeare in Love, Edward Foote, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, The Whipping Man, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Recent: Buddy in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta: Significant Other, Kimberly Akimbo, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Actor's Express), A Sander's Family Christmas (Theatre in the Square), Bach At Leipzig, Hands on a Hardbody, Singles in Agriculture (Aurora Theatre). He really can't believe he's on stage with the ASO. Love to KJW.

Jeremy Aggers
Jeremy Aggers
Governor's Aide / Ensemble

Jeremy Aggers (Governor's Aide/Ensemble, U/S Baron Ragotski) is a voiceover artist, songwriter, and actor with three albums under the Brash Music label, and over 250 audiobooks under Jeremy Arthur and other pseudonyms. Alliance: Shakespeare in Love, Edward Foote, Ghost Brothers of Darkland County, The Whipping Man, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Recent: Buddy in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Georgia Ensemble Theatre. Atlanta: Significant Other, Kimberly Akimbo, The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Actor's Express), A Sander's Family Christmas (Theatre in the Square), Bach At Leipzig, Hands on a Hardbody, Singles in Agriculture (Aurora Theatre). He really can't believe he's on stage with the ASO. Love to KJW.

Aaron Blake
Aaron Blake
Candide

Kathleen Farrar Buccleaugh (Ensemble) couldn’t be more excited to make her Alliance debut. Recent credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Richard Rogers and Sheldon Harnick's Rex (Utah Festival Opera & MT), The Secret Garden, Les Misérables (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Kiss Me, Kate; Rigoletto (Natchez Festival of Music), The Elixir of Love (Opera Birmingham and Peach State Opera), Così fan tutte (Mobile Opera), Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera). Thanks to Jody, Susan and everyone at Alliance for this opportunity, and to Corey, Mom, Dad, Tobey, Penelope, Lisa, Sarah, Nicholas and Krista for all the love.

Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh
Kathleen Farrar Buccleugh
Ensemble

Kathleen Farrar Buccleaugh (Ensemble) couldn’t be more excited to make her Alliance debut. Recent credits include The Pirates of Penzance, Richard Rogers and Sheldon Harnick's Rex (Utah Festival Opera & MT), The Secret Garden, Les Misérables (Red Mountain Theatre Company), Kiss Me, Kate; Rigoletto (Natchez Festival of Music), The Elixir of Love (Opera Birmingham and Peach State Opera), Così fan tutte (Mobile Opera), Il Trovatore (St. Petersburg Opera). Thanks to Jody, Susan and everyone at Alliance for this opportunity, and to Corey, Mom, Dad, Tobey, Penelope, Lisa, Sarah, Nicholas and Krista for all the love.

Terry Burrell (Old Lady) is always excited to work at the Alliance. Recent credits include Hospice/ Pointing At The Moon, Cinderella & Fella, Ethel (Alliance), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill (Theatrical Outfit), Oklahoma (Goodspeed Opera), Black Nativity (Southwest Arts Center). Broadway:  Thoroughly Modern Millie, Three Penny Opera, Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, Honky Tonk Nights, Dreamgirls, Eubie. Dedicated to the memories of Jim and Sybil Burrell and Janet Moses.

Terry Burrell
Terry Burrell
Old Lady

Terry Burrell (Old Lady) is always excited to work at the Alliance. Recent credits include Hospice/ Pointing At The Moon, Cinderella & Fella, Ethel (Alliance), Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill (Theatrical Outfit), Oklahoma (Goodspeed Opera), Black Nativity (Southwest Arts Center). Broadway:  Thoroughly Modern Millie, Three Penny Opera, Swinging On A Star, Into The Woods, Honky Tonk Nights, Dreamgirls, Eubie. Dedicated to the memories of Jim and Sybil Burrell and Janet Moses.

Bradley Dean (Governor/Ensemble) is grateful to return to the Alliance 26 years after he last appeared here in Romeo and Juliet in 1996. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, Company, The Last Ship, Doctor Zhivago, Spamalot, The Story of my Life, Jane Eyre, Man of a Mancha, Evita. Other New York credits: A New Brain and The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic) Walmartopia (The Minetta Lane), and The Fantasticks. Favorite regional credits: Fly (Dallas Theater Center), Chess (Kennedy enter), A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theater), Follies (St Louis Rep), and Camelot (Goodspeed).

Bradley Dean
Bradley Dean
Governor / Ensemble

Bradley Dean (Governor/Ensemble) is grateful to return to the Alliance 26 years after he last appeared here in Romeo and Juliet in 1996. Broadway: Dear Evan Hansen, A Little Night Music, Company, The Last Ship, Doctor Zhivago, Spamalot, The Story of my Life, Jane Eyre, Man of a Mancha, Evita. Other New York credits: A New Brain and The Most Happy Fella (City Center Encores), Sweeney Todd (New York Philharmonic) Walmartopia (The Minetta Lane), and The Fantasticks. Favorite regional credits: Fly (Dallas Theater Center), Chess (Kennedy enter), A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theater), Follies (St Louis Rep), and Camelot (Goodspeed).

Logan Denninghoff (Captain/Ensemble/U/S Candide) is ecstatic to return to the Alliance for this incredible project! Credits: Gaston,  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Nat’l Tour), SPAMALOT! (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas (Atlanta  Lyric Theatre), Zorro,  A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre). Other favorite roles include Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Anthony  Sweeney Todd), and Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods). Much love and appreciation to my wife Gwen, son Gabe, and many thanks to the incredible teams at the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Logan Denninghoff
Logan Denninghoff
Captain / Ensemble

Logan Denninghoff (Captain/Ensemble/U/S Candide) is ecstatic to return to the Alliance for this incredible project! Credits: Gaston,  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Nat’l Tour), SPAMALOT! (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), Guys and Dolls, Beauty and the Beast, White Christmas (Atlanta  Lyric Theatre), Zorro,  A Christmas Carol (Alliance Theatre). Other favorite roles include Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Anthony  Sweeney Todd), and Cinderella’s Prince (Into the Woods). Much love and appreciation to my wife Gwen, son Gabe, and many thanks to the incredible teams at the Alliance Theatre and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Janine DiVita (Paquette) is thrilled to make her Alliance debut! Broadway: Grease, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. First National Tour: Finding Neverland, If/Then, Young Frankenstein. Select Regional: Oliver! (Walnut Street Theatre, Barrymore Award Nom for Outstanding Leading Actress), Spamalot (Houston's Theatre Under the Stars/KC Starlight), Sophisticated Ladies (Arena Stage), Grey Gardens (Portland Center Stage), Evita (John Engeman Theatre), The World Goes Round (Riverside Theatre). Film/TV: “The Americans” (FX), “Elementary” (CBS), “This is the Moment” (PBS), Hear My Song (Informant Films). University of Michigan Alum. Co- Founder of Empowered Voices. Love to Rich. www.janinedivita.com

Janine DiVita
Janine DiVita
Paquette

Janine DiVita (Paquette) is thrilled to make her Alliance debut! Broadway: Grease, Anything Goes, The Mystery of Edwin Drood. First National Tour: Finding Neverland, If/Then, Young Frankenstein. Select Regional: Oliver! (Walnut Street Theatre, Barrymore Award Nom for Outstanding Leading Actress), Spamalot (Houston's Theatre Under the Stars/KC Starlight), Sophisticated Ladies (Arena Stage), Grey Gardens (Portland Center Stage), Evita (John Engeman Theatre), The World Goes Round (Riverside Theatre). Film/TV: “The Americans” (FX), “Elementary” (CBS), “This is the Moment” (PBS), Hear My Song (Informant Films). University of Michigan Alum. Co- Founder of Empowered Voices. Love to Rich. www.janinedivita.com

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Maximillian) Broadway: Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones & Angela Lansbury, then Bernadette Peters & Elaine Stritch. Select credits: Once Upon A Mattress (Off-Broadway), Dear World (York Theatre Company) The Pirates of Penzance (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle/Ordway Center, St. Paul), Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse/Sacramento Music Circus), The Tempest (Dallas Theater Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Pittsburgh CLO), Othello (Utah Shakespearean Festival). Workshops, readings, and concerts in New York with Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman, Michael Feinstein, Rosie O’Donnell, and Nathan Lane, amongst others. Film/TV: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the return of One Life To Live. Carnegie Mellon graduate. www.HunterRyanHerdlicka.com @HRHerdlicka

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Hunter Ryan Herdlicka
Maximilian

Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (Maximillian) Broadway: Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones & Angela Lansbury, then Bernadette Peters & Elaine Stritch. Select credits: Once Upon A Mattress (Off-Broadway), Dear World (York Theatre Company) The Pirates of Penzance (5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle/Ordway Center, St. Paul), Cabaret (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis/Cincinnati Playhouse/Sacramento Music Circus), The Tempest (Dallas Theater Center), Fiddler on the Roof (Pittsburgh CLO), Othello (Utah Shakespearean Festival). Workshops, readings, and concerts in New York with Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman, Michael Feinstein, Rosie O’Donnell, and Nathan Lane, amongst others. Film/TV: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me, the return of One Life To Live. Carnegie Mellon graduate. www.HunterRyanHerdlicka.com @HRHerdlicka

Jimmy Kieffer is excited to return to the Alliance after 20 years! Off-Broadway: Peter… Starcatcher, Backbeard. Regional: Curious Incident… (St. Louis Rep/ Cincinnati Playhouse); South Pacific (Guthrie); Funny Thing… Forum, A Servant to Two Masters (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Victor/Victoria (Theatre Under the Stars); ...Poe, The Rivals (Baltimore Centerstage); Merry Wives (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Elf, Avenue Q (Arkansas Rep); Big River, As You Like It, Opus, All My Sons, Pride and Prejudice, Shipwrecked!, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Prince, Pericles (Playmakers Rep); Amadeus, Macbeth (Chautauqua Theater Company); A Christmas Carol, Livin’ In the Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird (Alliance Theatre). Film: “Ocean’s 8,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Criminal Minds,” “A Place Apart,” “A Reason to Believe.” M.F.A. UNC Chapel Hill. 

Jimmy Kieffer
Jimmy Kieffer
Ragotski  / Baron  / Ensemble

Jimmy Kieffer is excited to return to the Alliance after 20 years! Off-Broadway: Peter… Starcatcher, Backbeard. Regional: Curious Incident… (St. Louis Rep/ Cincinnati Playhouse); South Pacific (Guthrie); Funny Thing… Forum, A Servant to Two Masters (Pittsburgh Public Theater); Victor/Victoria (Theatre Under the Stars); ...Poe, The Rivals (Baltimore Centerstage); Merry Wives (Shakespeare Theatre Co.); Elf, Avenue Q (Arkansas Rep); Big River, As You Like It, Opus, All My Sons, Pride and Prejudice, Shipwrecked!, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Little Prince, Pericles (Playmakers Rep); Amadeus, Macbeth (Chautauqua Theater Company); A Christmas Carol, Livin’ In the Garden, To Kill a Mockingbird (Alliance Theatre). Film: “Ocean’s 8,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Criminal Minds,” “A Place Apart,” “A Reason to Believe.” M.F.A. UNC Chapel Hill. 

Christian Magby
Christian Magby
Ensemble
Jeff McKerley
Jeff McKerley
Priest / Ensemble

Alecia Robinson (Baroness/Ensemble, U/S Old Lady) is happy once again to work with the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous credits include Ragtime (National Tour & Chicago companies), Phantom, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, (Theater of the Stars), Jelly’s Last Jam, False Creeds, Disney’s Mulan, Seussical the Musical (Alliance Theatre), Doubt (Hippodrome State Theatre), She Loves Me (Walnut Street Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Baltimore Center Stage), Godspell (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Music Man (Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theater). B.F.A. Musical Theater (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music). Proud member AEA . Many thanks to family and friends for continued love and support. 

Alecia Robinson
Alecia Robinson
Baroness / Ensemble

Alecia Robinson (Baroness/Ensemble, U/S Old Lady) is happy once again to work with the Alliance Theatre and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Previous credits include Ragtime (National Tour & Chicago companies), Phantom, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of Music, (Theater of the Stars), Jelly’s Last Jam, False Creeds, Disney’s Mulan, Seussical the Musical (Alliance Theatre), Doubt (Hippodrome State Theatre), She Loves Me (Walnut Street Theatre), Sweeney Todd (Baltimore Center Stage), Godspell (Arkansas Repertory Theatre), The Music Man (Marriott’s Lincolnshire Theater). B.F.A. Musical Theater (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music). Proud member AEA . Many thanks to family and friends for continued love and support. 

Alexandra Schoeny (Cunegonde) is thrilled to make her Alliance debut. Recent operatic credits include Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers (Prototype Festival, NYC), Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Cincinnati Opera), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Queen City Opera), Mrs. Julian in Owen Wingrave (Theatre Osnabrück), and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Dutch National Opera). Concert appearances include outings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and Ballet, Cincinnati Pops, Omaha Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. D.M.A University of Cincinnati-CCM, M.Opera Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, M.M. Royal Academy of Music, London, B.M. Northwestern University.  

Alexandra Schoeny
Alexandra Schoeny
Cunagonde

Alexandra Schoeny (Cunegonde) is thrilled to make her Alliance debut. Recent operatic credits include Miss Lightfoot in Fellow Travelers (Prototype Festival, NYC), Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte (Cincinnati Opera), Donna Anna in Don Giovanni (Queen City Opera), Mrs. Julian in Owen Wingrave (Theatre Osnabrück), and Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Dutch National Opera). Concert appearances include outings with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony and Ballet, Cincinnati Pops, Omaha Symphony, Reno Philharmonic, Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. D.M.A University of Cincinnati-CCM, M.Opera Royal Conservatoire of the Hague, M.M. Royal Academy of Music, London, B.M. Northwestern University.  

Christopher Sieber (Narrator/Pangloss) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance. Last seen here in The Prom, opening this fall at the CORT theatre on Broadway! Christopher grew up in a small town in Minnesota with a population of 642. He started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at 7 years old in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade Of 1976, seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Broadway: Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Au Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics noms), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Tony Nom, West End Production), Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty And The Beast, Triumph Of Love. Television: “Law And Order SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Ed,” “Sex And The City,” “Pushing Daisies,” “It’s All Relative,” ”Two Of A Kind” and lots of daytime TV like “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” where his many recurring characters never went anywhere.

Christopher Sieber
Christopher Sieber
Narrator / Pangloss

Christopher Sieber (Narrator/Pangloss) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance. Last seen here in The Prom, opening this fall at the CORT theatre on Broadway! Christopher grew up in a small town in Minnesota with a population of 642. He started performing shows in his parents living room where he was a triumph at 7 years old in The Christopher Comedy Cavalcade Of 1976, seen by both his parents and unsuspecting neighbors driving by. Broadway: Matilda, Pippin, La Cage Au Folles, Shrek (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics noms), Monty Python’s Spamalot (Tony Nom, West End Production), Chicago, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Into The Woods, Beauty And The Beast, Triumph Of Love. Television: “Law And Order SVU,” “The Good Wife,” “Elementary,” “Ed,” “Sex And The City,” “Pushing Daisies,” “It’s All Relative,” ”Two Of A Kind” and lots of daytime TV like “Guiding Light,” “All My Children,” “Another World,” where his many recurring characters never went anywhere.

Ben Thorpe (Cacambo/Ensemble, U/S Maximillian) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance after last fall's Hand to God. Atlanta: Big Fish (Theatrical Outfit), Nobody Loves You (Horizon Theatre), and Clark Gable Slept Here (Art Station). Regional: TheatreWorks USA, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Brooklyn's Theatre 2020. He's an Atlanta native and proud Point Park University grad. Upcoming: Titanic (Serenbe Playhouse). Many thanks to the Alliance and the Candide team!

Ben Thorpe
Ben Thorpe
Cacambo / Ensemble

Ben Thorpe (Cacambo/Ensemble, U/S Maximillian) is thrilled to be back at the Alliance after last fall's Hand to God. Atlanta: Big Fish (Theatrical Outfit), Nobody Loves You (Horizon Theatre), and Clark Gable Slept Here (Art Station). Regional: TheatreWorks USA, Pittsburgh Public Theater, and Brooklyn's Theatre 2020. He's an Atlanta native and proud Point Park University grad. Upcoming: Titanic (Serenbe Playhouse). Many thanks to the Alliance and the Candide team!

Corey James Wright
Corey James Wright
Vanderdendur / Ensemble

Creative

Clay Benning
Clay Benning
Sound Designer
Lex Liang
Lex Liang
Costume Designer

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 72nd season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.  The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.  Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience.  Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.

During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts.  A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.  With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters.  In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series (deltaclassicchastain.com).

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, currently in its 72nd season, consistently affirms its position as one of America’s leading Orchestras by performing great music, presenting great artists, educating, and engaging.

The Orchestra is known for the excellence of its live performances, presentations, renowned choruses, and its impressive list of GRAMMY® Award-winning recordings.  The leading cultural organization in the Southeast, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra serves as the cornerstone for artistic development and music education in the region.  Since September 2001, the Orchestra and audiences together explore a creative programming mix, recordings, and visual enhancements, such as the Theater of a Concert, the Orchestra’s continuing exploration of different formats, settings, and enhancements for the musical performance experience.  Another example is the Atlanta School of Composers, which reflects Mr. Spano, and the Orchestra’s commitment to nurturing and championing music through multi-year partnerships defining a new generation of American composers. Since the beginning of his tenure (to date), Mr. Spano and the Orchestra have performed over 100 concerts containing contemporary works (composed since 1950), including 15 ASO-commissioned world premieres.

During its 32-year history with Telarc, the Orchestra and Chorus has recorded more than 100 albums and its recordings have won 27 GRAMMY® Awards in categories including Best Classical Album, Best Orchestral Performance, Best Choral Performance, and Best Opera Performance.

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performs more than 200 concerts each year for a combined audience of more than a half million in a full schedule of performances which also features educational and community concerts.  A recognized leader and supporter of contemporary American music, the Orchestra recently received the 2007 award for Strongest Commitment to New American Music from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.  In addition, Music Director Robert Spano was named Musical America 2008 Conductor of the Year.  With the opening of the 12,000-seat Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (vzwamp.com) in May 2008, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra became the first U.S. orchestra to annually perform and present in its concert hall, and in two amphitheaters.  In Summer 2008, the Orchestra celebrated 35 years at legendary Chastain Park Amphitheater, the award-winning 6,500 seat venue in Atlanta, during the Orchestra’s annual Delta Classic Chastain concert series (deltaclassicchastain.com).

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC) was founded in 1970 by former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw. Comprising 200 auditioned voices, the Chorus is an all-volunteer organization that performs on a regular basis with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and is featured on many of the Orchestra’s recordings. Led by ASO Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, the Chorus is known for its precision and expressive singing quality. 

Their recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have won multiple GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Choral Performance, Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Recording. Those include Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and the Berlioz Requiem. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus performs large choral-symphonic works with the full Orchestra under the batons of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere commissioned choral works. 

The Chorus made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1976 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the ASO led by Robert Shaw. In addition, the Chorus performed in Washington, D.C., for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times to be a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, in December 2003 for performances of Britten’s War Requiem, in May 2008 for the Berlioz Requiem performances – all with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. 

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Chorus

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus (ASOC) was founded in 1970 by former ASO Music Director Robert Shaw. Comprising 200 auditioned voices, the Chorus is an all-volunteer organization that performs on a regular basis with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and is featured on many of the Orchestra’s recordings. Led by ASO Director of Choruses Norman Mackenzie, the Chorus is known for its precision and expressive singing quality. 

Their recordings with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra have won multiple GRAMMY® Awards, including Best Choral Performance, Best Classical Recording and Best Opera Recording. Those include Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony and the Berlioz Requiem. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus performs large choral-symphonic works with the full Orchestra under the batons of Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. In addition, the Chorus has been involved in the creation and shaping of numerous world-premiere commissioned choral works. 

The Chorus made its debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall in 1976 in a performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, with the ASO led by Robert Shaw. In addition, the Chorus performed in Washington, D.C., for President-elect Jimmy Carter’s Inaugural Concert in 1977. The Chorus has traveled to Germany three times to be a special guest of the Berlin Philharmonic, in December 2003 for performances of Britten’s War Requiem, in May 2008 for the Berlioz Requiem performances – all with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles. 

Todd Rosenthal
Todd Rosenthal
Set Designer
Robert Spano
Robert Spano
Musical direction
Ken Yunker
Ken Yunker
Lighting Designer

Director

Susan V. Booth
Susan V. Booth
Director

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Clayton Mote
Ensemble

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