Erin Armstrong DickauUWindsor alumna Erin Armstrong Dickau is a featured soloist for the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s concert “Candide Suite,” Saturday at the Capitol Theatre.

Campus choirs to bolster Candide cast

It’s the best of all possible worlds Saturday, as UWindsor choir director Bruce Kotowich adds the voices of the University Singers and Chamber Choir to the Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s chorus for “Candide Suite.”

The concert program features works from Leonard Bernstein’s operetta based on the novella by satirist Voltaire, and additional pieces inspired by playwright William Shakespeare and poet Dylan Thomas.

Music alumna Erin Armstrong Dickau (BMus 2007) will solo in the role of the Old Lady, and Jeremy Worth, a professor of French Studies, will join conductor Robert Franz in a discussion of Voltaire’s works preceding the performance.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. April 1 at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Avenue West. The pre-concert talk opens at 7 p.m.

The orchestra is offering a special deal to the UWindsor community: faculty, staff, students and alumni can receive a 25 per cent discount on reserved seating by using the code wsonightout when they purchase tickets online at or by phone at 519-973-1238.

Coloratura soprano Tracy Dahl will sing the part of Cunegonde and will lead a masterclass in voice Sunday, April 2, on the UWindsor campus. The session is open for the public to listen in; it begins at 1 p.m. in the Heritage Auditorium, Assumption Hall. Learn more on the event website.