The Soldier’s Tale

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The Soldier’s Tale

Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 / 4:00 pm
from $20

STRATA evokes the layers of musical conversation seen in chamber music + the diversity of venue and repertoire experienced through these concerts. The second SFS Strata of The Symphony’s 2020-2021 season presents Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du solda “The Soldier’s Tale” with Santa Fe Symphony chamber players, narration by the acclaimed Toby Appel, and dancers from the Festival Ballet of Albuquerque.

SFS Strata@NMMA

Guillermo Figueroa, conductor

IGOR STRAVINSKY

L’Histoire du soldat “The Soldier’s Tale”

David Felberg, violin
Terry Pruitt, bass
Lori Lovato, clarinet
Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon
Brynn Marchiando, trumpet
Byron Herrington, trombone
David Tolen, percussion
Toby Appel, narrator
Festival Ballet Albuquerque, dancers
 

 

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Sunday, Feb 7, 2021 / 4:00 pm

Details

Date:
February 7, 2021
Time:
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost:
$20

Venue

NM Museum of Art
107 West Palace Ave.
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Parking

Paid public parking is available at the Sandoval Municipal Garage, 216 West San Francisco Street (across the street from The Lensic). Additional metered parking is available throughout the downtown area.

Of Note

L’Histoire du Soldat “The Soldier’s Tale” reeks with the angry disillusion generated by World War I.  The tale is a bitter one: the soldier–it does not matter which country or army he is from–battles the devil and even wins a few rounds, but the ultimate triumph must belong to the devil. At its first performance on September 28, 1918, L’Histoire was a great success, but Stravinsky’s hopes for financial success from a tour were quickly dashed. The flu epidemic of 1918 hit Switzerland, affecting several of the performers, and the tour had to be abandoned.

The music is rife with changing time signatures, therefor it is commonly performed with a conductor. It is scored for seven instruments (clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone, violin, double bass and percussion) and four speaking parts (the Devil, the Soldier, a Princess, and an unseen reader) and in the original version–a dancer. This is not a play, an opera, or a ballet, but more accurately a theater-piece, and Stravinsky hoped that with such a small number of performers, L’Histoire could be taken on tour and performed in villages.

 

Guillermo Figueroa, conductor

David Felberg, violin

Praised by The Santa Fe New Mexican for his “fluid phrases, rich focused tone, rhythmic precision, and spot-on intonation,” Violinist David Felberg, an Albuquerque native, is Concertmaster of The Santa Fe Symphony, Associate Concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic, and performs with Santa Fe Pro Musica. He is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Chatter, a groundbreaking series exploring both new and old music, and producing over 60 performances per year.

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Terry Pruitt, bass

Terry Pruitt is principal bass with The Santa Fe Symphony. He also plays bass with the New Mexico Philharmonic. Originally from Alton, Illinois, Terry became hooked on the double bass at the age of ten. While completing his degree in music performance at Southern Illinois University, he studied with Henry Loew of the St. Louis Symphony and played with the St. Louis Philharmonic. After a year with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Terry was principal bassist with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra fo

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Lori Lovato, clarinet

Principal clarinetist, Lori Lovato, also performs with New Mexico Philharmonic, Sphinx Symphony, Performance Santa Fe, San Juan Symphony, Opera Southwest, Alter Ego Jazz Trio, and founding member of the New Mexico Woodwind Quintet.  Lori has appeared with Albuquerque Chamber Soloists, Music at Angel Fire, Chamber Music Albuquerque, Chatter, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival ...

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Stefanie Przybylska, bassoon

Principal bassoonist, Stefanie Przybylska, has appeared as a featured soloist in works by Mozart and John Williams. In addition to her role with The Symphony, Stefanie has performed with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Music in the Mountains (in Durango, Colorado) and with Chatter Sunday in Albuquerque. She co-founded and directed the Bosque Bassoon Band.

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Brynn Marchiando, trumpet

Brynn Marchiando lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a performer and music educator. Inspired by her grandfather, who was also a trumpet player, she completed her undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, and her graduate degree in Trumpet Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.

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Byron Herrington,

Byron Herrington has lived in Albuquerque since 1981, but was born and raised in the dusty flatlands near Lubbock, Texas. After almost completing a trombone performance degree at the University of Oklahoma, Byron won a position with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra where he performed and occasionally conducted for over 30 years. He is a founding member of the New Mexico Philharmonic.

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Dave Tolen, percussion

David Tolen is principal percussionist of The Santa Fe Symphony. He performs regularly at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and as a timpanist with the Santa Fe Pro Musica chamber orchestra. Tolen has also collaborated with the Santa Fe New Music Ensemble. A percussionist with The Santa Fe Opera since 2000, Tolen’s passion for opera has taken him to Florida, where he was principal percussionist with Sarasota Opera.

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Toby Appel, narrator

Toby Appel was born in Elmer, N.J., and was a winner of Young Concert Artists and has appeared throughout the U.S. and abroad as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. He is a former member of the Lenox, Audubon, and Tashi quartets and has appeared at the Angel Fire, Marlboro, Mostly Mozart, Chamber Music Northwest, and more.

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Program Notes

Stravinsky spent the difficult period of World War I in Switzerland. The war prevented productions of Stravinsky’s music, halting his income, and the Russian Revolution cut him off from his homeland. Now Stravinsky became friends with the Swiss novelist C.F. Ramuz and suggested that they create a th…

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