Thierry makes his first visit of the season to Seoul this month when he leads the Seoul Philharmonic in two performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide on 10 and 12 October. The two concerts at Seoul Arts Center are part of the worldwide commemmorations of the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birthday. Candide is an adaptation of Voltaire’s comic novel in which the hero Candide’s sunny outlook on life is challenged by a series of disasters. Bernstein’s adaptation opened on Broadway in 1956.
In Seoul, Thierry conducts Jonathan Johnson as Candide, Lauren Snouffer as his sweetheart Cunegonde and Hugh Russell as his mentor, the philosopher Dr Pangloss. He also conducts the work in November, this time with the Utah Symphony.