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Bernstein: Crossing Boundaries

Leonard Bernstein

Carl St.Clair, conductor — Pacific Symphony
Joseph Morris, clarinet
Celena Shafer, soprano
Angel Garcia, boy soprano
Joseph Morris, clarinet
Pacific Chorale — Robert Istad, artistic director
Alan Chapman, host
BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs
BERNSTEIN: Chichester Psalms for Chorus and Orchestra
BERNSTEIN: Selections from Candide and more

  • "A Little Bit in Love" from Wonderful Town
  • "Glitter and Be Gay" from Candide
  • "Make Our Garden Grow" from Candide

Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:45 p.m.

This performance is part of a new series, Classical KUSC at Pacific Symphony. Hosted by KUSC radio personality Alan Chapman, the 90-minute concert (without intermission) will explore how Bernstein's music crosses the boundaries between Classical and Jazz, Sacred and Secular, Opera and Broadway. Come early to enjoy live music and a Bernstein-themed cocktail in the lobby while you explore information about Leonard Bernstein.  Later, enjoy a fun afterparty on the Julianne and George Argyros Plaza, where a live jazz band will play as you mingle with new friends, onstage musicians, Alan Chapman and Music Director Carl St.Clair.

Be sure to choose the FRIDAY performance when purchasing tickets.


Listen to This: Bernstein's "Prelude, Fugue and Riffs" with Joe Morris

Program Notes

Learn more about the music and artists in the program notes.


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Celena Shafer

Guest Artist

Celena Shafer

After two summers as an apprentice at the Santa Fe Opera, the career of Soprano Celena Shafer was launched to critical raves as Ismene in Mozart’s Mitridate, Re di Ponto. Anne Midgette in The New York Times wrote, “It takes the debutante Celena Shafer, an alumna of the apprentice program here, to show how it should be done, singing the Oriental princess Ismene with flair, vocal balance and great cadenzas.” Since that breakthrough debut, Ms. Shafer has garnered acclaim for her silvery voice, fearlessly committed acting and phenomenal technique. She spends much of her time on the concert stage where she appears regularly with orchestras in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Los Angeles and with leading conductors such as Christoph von Dohnányi, Alan Gilbert, Lorin Maazel, Bernard Labadie, Nicholas McGegan, Kent Nagano, Donald Runnicles, Michael Tilson Thomas, David Robertson and Sir Andrew Davis.

A celebrated artist in her home state of Utah, Ms. Shafer has long relationship with the Utah Symphony & Opera where during the 2014/2015 season she will be artist-in-residence. She will tour the "Mighty Five" state parks of Utah with the Symphony and Music Director Thierry Fischer during the summer, and throughout the season appears with them in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 4, as well as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9. These follow her highly acclaimed 2013-14 appearance with the Utah Opera as Constanze in Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio. Over the past decade with the USUO she has performed operatic roles including Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, GIlda in Rigoletto, Norina in Don Pasquale, Lisette in La Rondine, Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream, and Adele in Die Fledermaus and orchestral works such as the Brahms German Requiem, the Bach Magnificat and wedding cantata Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen, Vivaldi Gloria, Poulenc Gloria and several concerts of chamber music with conductors such as Bernard Labadie, Raymond Leppard and Keith Lockhart.

Alan Chapman

Guest Artist

Alan Chapman

After receiving his undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Classical KUSC announcer Alan Chapman earned a Ph.D. in music theory from Yale University. He is currently a member of the music theory faculty of the Colburn Conservatory. He was a longtime member of the music faculty at Occidental College and has also been a visiting professor at UCLA and UC Santa Barbara. His analytical work has appeared in the Journal of Music Theory and in The New Orpheus: Essays on Kurt Weill, winner of the Deems Taylor Award for excellence in writing on music. In addition to his KUSC weekday morning program, Chapman is also the host and producer of two weekend programs: Modern Times and Thornton Center Stage.