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Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE with Clarence Brown Theatre


TicketsFriday, August 31, 2018 - 7:30pm
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Leonard Bernstein's CANDIDE with Clarence Brown Theatre

Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

Clarence Brown Theatre and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Directed by Cal MacLean
Conducted by Aram Demirjian

full theatrical production Aug. 31 - Sept. 16, 2018

Tickets on sale July 23, 2018


The production is made possible by a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation, whose mission is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theaters throughout the United States. 

Performances will take place on the mainstage of the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. 

Individual tickets are on sale through the Clarence Brown Box office. 

Tickets are available NOW with season subscription renewals to Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) subscribers and to the general public in the summer of 2018. The production of Candide marks the third collaboration in recent years between the CBT and KSO. Earlier presentations included Amadeus (2010) and Sweeney Todd (2012).  


About Candide

In Bernstein’s musical derived from Voltaire, a young man wanders “the best of all possible worlds” only to find war, destruction and loss.  Separated from his beloved, Candide’s hard-won survival ends in a joyous reconciliation. 

While a number of derivative works came from Voltaire’s satirical novella released in France in 1759, Leonard Bernstein revamped the musical Candide several times after its London premiere in 1956.  When Bernstein’s “final approved” version of this comedic, poignant story reappeared on Broadway in 1989 with a full score, a revival was born. This version continues to be revived and performed in opera and professional theaters and is the score and libretto the KSO/CBT will perform in 2018, known as “the Scottish Opera version.” 

“Leonard Bernstein at 100” Centennial Year Celebration

2018 is the Centennial year for Leonard Bernstein, who was born in 1918, honoring his 100th birthday with more than 1,000 events taking place on six continents.  Orchestras, museums, ballets, and arts organizations around the world are celebrating and performing his works during the calendar year in celebration of his contribution as a composer, conductor, educator, activist, cultural ambassador, and humanitarian. Bernstein’s mark on the world of the arts in the past century will last for generations to come.


About the Clarence Brown Theatre

With a dual mission to train the next generation of theatre artists and to provide top quality professional theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre at the University of Tennessee Knoxville is one of only 13 academic LORT (League of Resident Theatre) institutions in the nation.  Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Calvin MacLean and Interim Managing Director Thomas Cervone, the CBT Season runs from September through May and features eight productions ranging from musicals to drama.  Productions in the 2018/2019 Season include Alias Grace, The Santaland Diaries, A Christmas Carol, King Charles III, Detroit '67, The Real Inspector Hound, and The Madwoman of Challiot.

For more information, tickets or accessibility accommodation requests including Open Captioning, ASL, and assistive technologies, please call the CBT Box Office at 865-974-5161 or visit us online at


About the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Established in 1935, and now under the leadership of Music Director Aram Demirjian, the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra (KSO) has contributed to the cultural life in East Tennessee continuously for more than 80 years, providing excellence in musical and educational programs. The Orchestra consists of 80 professional musicians and performs more than 300 programs throughout the region each season, reaching audiences of more than 200,000 people. The KSO performs mainstage series, small ensemble performances and educational programs in traditional venues such as the Tennessee Theatre, Bijou Theatre and the Civic Auditorium as well as non-traditional places like hospitals, schools, city parks and churches.  For more information regarding the KSO, please visit or call 865-291-3310.