Candide camera: what the audience saw

So many readers have been asking about Joseph R. Olefirowicz’s scintillating performance of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide that we thought you’d like to see both sides of the coin. This, as shown yesterday, is what the musicians saw.

And here’s how it came about. It started, I’m told, as a joke by the stage manager using the call cam, an innocent little infrared unit nestled between violas and a row of woodwinds, for lighting call cues and two conductor monitors for the soloists.

The conductor, knowing this was the only number in 2.5 hours in one meter, and one tempo, let the orchestra off the leash as a mark of mutual trust. Every single cue of his related to specific comments within rehearsals.

Now, having watched the internal frolics, here’s what the public saw.

Terrific cast, lovely performance. What’s not to like

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  • Terrific! No question that he is leading the orchestra; no question (from seeing the video from the orchestra’s point of view) that he’s got a good orchestra and he knows it.

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