Classical & Opera

Oakland East Bay Symphony

When: Fri., May 15, 8 p.m. 2015

Candide, the canonical Leonard Bernstein opera work and spin-off of Voltaire’s satirical novel, is full of old-world jet-setting, deceit, elemental calamity, gaiety, and jokes. Memorably, there are some vindictive abuses of power by the amoral aristocrats, a volcano that slays ten of thousands, torturous Inquisitors, and sexual innuendo. At the center of it is Candide, who’s cursed by illegitimate birth and subject to incrementally worse misfortunes yet manages to bumble into carnal pleasures nonetheless. For the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s final production of the season at the Paramount Theater (2025 Broadway, Oakland) on Friday, Grammy Award-winner Thomas Glenn is cast in the titular role, while the symphony, under the direction of Michael Morgan, is well-suited to what many consider Candide’s most vital element: the music, and especially the overture, which is a fixture of the modern orchestral repertoire.

Sam Lefebvre

Price: $20-$70

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