A performance of Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du Soldat: The Soldier’s Tale,” will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23, at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
The performance also will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at Mayville State University.
Faculty members from UND, Mayville State University, NDSU and Concordia College will perform, along with actors and dancers from the Mayville State University Theatre Department.
The performance tells the story of a soldier on leave, heading home to see his family. On the way, he sells his fiddle to another traveler whom, he later realizes, is the devil.
Stravinsky, who composed the work in 1918, weaves the elements of fortune, sorrow, reflection and defeat that follow the soldier, with his unique, American jazz-influenced music.
In “The Soldier’s Tale,” which is scored for violin, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, double bass and percussion, Stravinsky masterfully uses each instrument’s unique timbre to create unforgettable music with a timeless message.
The result is “thoroughly convincing theater, like a radio drama with music,” organizers of the event said in a news release.
Conductor Kevin Sutterlin, Concordia College, will be joined by directors Cody Hunter, Robert Sylskar and Greta Paschke, all of Mayville State University.
The performance is a collaboration of the Mayville State University and Community Fine Arts Series, Mayville State University Theatre and the North Dakota Museum of Art series, “Myra Presents: Sunday Concerts in the Galleries.”
Tickets for the event at the North Dakota Museum of Art are $30 for members, $35 for non-members and $15 for students and military. Children younger than 12 are admitted free.
At Mayville State, tickets are $25 per person and $10 for Mayville State students.