Igor Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale”
Apr. 10, 2021, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
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The College of Central Florida will host a performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat,” “The Soldier’s Tale.” Under the artistic direction of Trey Moore, professor of trumpet, the performance will take place on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
WHAT: Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” was written in 1918, in the midst of the Spanish Flu pandemic. At the time, Stravinsky was struggling financially as his larger and more well-known works like “The Firebird,” “Petrushka,” and “The Rite of Spring” were not being performed. The piece was specifically written for a smaller ensemble – requiring fewer musicians and allowing for travel during a time of pandemic. “The Soldier’s Tale” is a theatrical work written for not only musicians, but also for accompanying narrators and dancers (Stravinsky was most known for his ballets). This production will feature seven musicians, one narrator and one dancer.
THE STORY: Based on its origin, “The Soldier’s Tale” makes for the perfect performance to be safely performed during COVID-19. The work tells the story of a soldier who sells his violin (a representation of his soul) to the Devil in exchange for economic prosperity. Eventually the solider falls in love and realizes he wants his soul returned, and proceeds to trick the Devil to get it back. He is successful in his attempt but with one remaining stipulation: the soldier must never return to his hometown.
Eventually, the soldier’s love insists that they go together to take the soldier’s ailing mother from the town. The soldier agrees, but upon entering the town’s boundaries, is pulled to his death by the Devil.
WHEN: Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Charles R. Dassance Fine Arts Center – 3001 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474
TICKETS: Please reserve your free ticket by clicking below. In adherence to COVID-19 protocols, seating is extremely limited. Reserve your seats early to help guarantee a spot in the theater.
SAFETY PROTOCOLS: To keep the audience, staff and musicians safe, seating in the theater will be physically distanced and masks will be required for the audience through the entire duration of the performance. String musicians will wear masks, and wind instruments will have covers over parts of their instruments to limit air spread.