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Part concert, part theatrical performance, The Soldier's Tale is your classic devil-went-down-to-Georgia/Ukraine story. Seven of APO's finest musicians undertake one of Stravinsky's most difficult works. Meanwhile, dramatic readings from our friends at Trike Theatre set the shocking scene.
Created just in time to be shut down due to the Spanish Flu in 1918, The Soldier's Tale sounds as jagged and feels as unsettling today as it did then.
Listen in as APO's own Steven Byess, Music Director joins Trike Theatre's Artistic Director Kassie Misiewicz, to discuss this exciting collaboration. Learn about the performers and what to expect in this return to in person performance.
L'Histoire du soldat (The Soldier's Tale) is a theatrical work "to be read, played, and danced", traditionally by three actors and one or several dancers, accompanied by a septet of instruments. Conceived by Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz, the piece was based on a Russian folk tale drawn from the collection of Alexander Afanasyev called The Runaway Soldier and the Devil.
The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for unlimited economic gain. The music is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet (often played on trumpet), trombone, and percussion, and the story is told by three actors: the soldier, the devil, and a narrator, who also takes on the roles of minor characters. The music is rife with changing time signatures. For this reason, it is commonly performed with a conductor.
The APO is excited to partner with Trike Theatre, Northwest Arkansas' professional theatre for youth that provides professional theatre productions, literacy integrated drama residencies and drama academy programs. The mission of Trike Theatre is to Cultivate Creativity, Build Character, and Strengthen Community through its vision of transforming the lives of young people through exceptional theatre experiences.
Learn More at TrikeTheatre.org.
2021'S HJ & DOLORES BARTIZAL MEMORIAL CONCERT
OCTOBER 10, 7 pm
21c MUSEUM HOTEL, BENTONVILLE
Our classically trained APO musicians take a break to feature Funk Factory, with Grady Matthews, for a nostalgic evening of '80s hits. The APO's mission to present music in surprising new ways changes course for a night to surprising old ways. Why? Because the APO doesn't stop believin'. Acid washed everything is recommended.
This year, as always, Bentonville arts thank the Bartizals for their lifelong support.