L 'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale)

Sunday Nov 18, 2012

St. Francis Auditorium

St. Francis Auditorium
107 E. Palace
Santa Fe, NM
US

Phone: (505) 983-2075

Concordia Santa Fe presents Igor Stravinsky’s landmark work in a chamber performance featuring guest violinist Prof. John Gilbert of Texas Tech University and student actors from the New Mexico School for the Arts.

Dr. Sarah McKoin, also of Texas Tech University, will conduct the musicians in performance.   L'Histoire du soldat tells the story of a soldier who trades his violin to the devil, in exchange for a magical book that contains events of the future. He quickly gains wealth from his foreknowledge of coming events, but soon realizes that this material wealth does not bring happiness. He later wins back his violin in a card game with the devil, wakes a lovely maiden with his beautiful playing, and conquers the devil with his irresistible music.   After deciding to program L’Histoire du Soldat, Concordia Santa Fe’s board of directors contacted Joey Chavez, chair of the theatre department at the New Mexico School for the Arts, who responded enthusiastically about the possibility of collaborating on the performance. He enrolled colleague Acushla Bastible to direct the actors in preparation of the work. Student actors will play the parts of the Soldier, the Devil, and the Narrator.   Dr. Sarah McKoin returns to Santa Fe for her third engagement with Concordia Santa Fe, having led the 40-member large ensemble on two previous occasions. She is Director of Bands at Texas Tech University, where she conducts the Texas Tech University Wind Ensemble and teaches all levels of conducting and wind literature. Dr. McKoin maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor and clinician, and is committed to performing literature of today’s prominent composers.   Violinist John Haspel Gilbert is an active soloist, recitalist and chamber music collaborator, who regularly performs throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America. Appointed to the faculty of the Texas Tech University School of Music as Artist-Performer and Professor of Violin in 1995, he is a sought after clinician and adjudicator. Gilbert is also currently serving as concertmaster of the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra, and his recordings are available on the Naxos, Innova, and Centaur labels. This concert marks Professor Gilbert’s first collaboration with Concordia Santa Fe.

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    Concordia Santa Fe

    Phone: (505) 913-7211
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    FREE, donations excepted

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    ALL-AGES!

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