Argento at 90; Bernstein at 100

Maria Jette, soprano

Maria Jette, soprano

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 4pm
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church
900 Stillwater Road, Mahtomedi, MN

William Schrickel, conductor
Dominick Argento, MSO Composer Laureate
Maria Jette, soprano
Jake Endres, baritone
Vern Sutton, tenor & staging director

Leonard Bernstein – Suite for Orchestra from Candide
Dominick Argento – The Boor (Semi-staged production of the opera)

Early in 2017 William Schrickel asked Dominick Argento which of his works he would most like performed in honor of his 90th birthday on October 27, 2017. His immediate answer was The Boor, a one-act comic opera based on a play by Chekhov that Argento wrote in 1957 while he was a composition student of Howard Hanson at the Eastman School of Music. The MSO opens its 36th season with a semi-staged performance of The Boor that features soprano Maria Jette, baritone Jake Endres, and tenor Vern Sutton, who also directs the production. The concert begins with Leonard Bernstein’s Suite from Candide in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bernstein’s birth on August 25, 1918.

Jake Endres, narrator

Jake Endres, baritone

Dominick Argento

Dominick Argento, composer

Vern Sutton, tenor & staging director