Chamber group to present Stravinsky piece with rarely seen staging
Igor Stravinsky's 1918 chamber ballet “L’Histoire du soldat” will be presented in its rarely seen staging Sunday, Feb. 3, at the University of Louisville School of Music.
The performance, by the Kentucky Center Chamber Players, starts at 5 p.m. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults; $10 for senior citizens; and $2 for students.
Stravinsky wrote “The Soldier’s Tale” toward the end of World War I as a stage work that could “be played in modest conditions, in village halls and the like” and to “be read played and danced.” It calls for seven instrumentalists, three dancers and a narrator. Based on a Russian folk tale, “The Soldier’s Tale” is a Faustian story of a soldier who trades his violin to the Devil in exchange for a book that predicts the future.
Sunday’s concert marks only the third time in recent history that it will have been fully staged in Louisville. The Kentucky Opera performed in as part of its 1959–1960 and 1989–1990 seasons.
Besides the chamber players, Dallas Tidwell, UofL clarinet professor; retired UofL violin professor Peter McHugh; Megumi Ohkubo, cello; and Joanna Goldstein, piano, the performance will feature narrator Chad Sloan and three Louisville Ballet dancers: Natalia Ashikhmina, Ben Needham- Wood and Phillip Velinov. Former Louisville Ballet director Alun Jones choreographed and is directing the work.