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L'Histoire du Soldat and Berlin Suite 1920: Two Tales for Today

Fri, July 9, 2021 – 7:30 pm

L'Histoire du Soldat and Berlin Suite 1920: Two Tales for Today

PostClassical Ensemble is joined by award-winning actor Edward Gero to present a striking new version of the Stravinsky classic A Soldier’s Tale with a modern-day moral: Save The Arts! The program also features Daniel Schnyder’s Berlin Suite 1920, in which the gaiety and angst of the Roaring Twenties resonate today.

In the wake of World War I, Igor Stravinsky was living in Switzerland, cut off from his family estate in Russia. He was receiving no royalties from his publisher in Berlin. Stage performances of his music by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe were very infrequent. His concert works were virtually dormant.

With the Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz, he conceived a small, portable entertainment, requiring neither a large theater nor a large orchestra, in fact suitable for outdoor performance. They imagined a small touring company of players – as an aspiration that proved impractical. But the work itself has vigorously survived. The pertinence of A Soldier’s Tale today is self-evident. It is a COVID entertainment: compact, flexible, rejecting Romantic symphonic upholstery in favor of a dry, caustic sonority conducive to bitter entertainments, light-hearted yet not evasive.

PostClassical Ensemble is joined by award-winning actor Edward Gero, in a striking new imagining of the Stravinsky classic with a new moral: #SAVETHEARTS

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