January 31, 2020
Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) will be presented Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020 at the historic Old Main Theatre at Mayville State University. The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. A second performance is planned for Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 at the North Dakota Museum of Art at the University of North Dakota. The event is a collaboration of the MSU & Community Fine Arts Series, Mayville State University Theater Department, and the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA) Fine Arts Series. Artists are faculty from Mayville State University, the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and the F-M Symphony. Actors are from the MSU Theatre.
Composed by Stravinsky in 1918, L’Histoire tells the story (libretto by C.F. Ramuz) of a soldier who sells his fiddle to a stranger in exchange for a promise of monetary gain. The soldier quickly regrets his decision when he realizes the stranger is the devil. Scored for eight musicians, actors, and dancers, Stravinsky masterfully creates unforgettable music with a timeless message: “No one can have it all.”
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and may be purchased at www.mayvillestate.edu/soldierstale. Tickeets may also be purchased at the MSU Bookstore, 701-788-4823.
Performers are as follows:
Conductor: Dr. Kevin Sütterlin, Director of Orchestral Activities at Concordia College, Music Director for the Fox Valley Symphony, Conductor for NVYO, Director for the Memphis Sinfonietta
Directors and Producers: Dr. Cody Hunter, Mayville State University Fine Arts Series; Robert Sylskar and Greta Paschke, Mayville State University Theatre; Laurel Reuter, North Dakota Museum of Art Fine Arts Series
Musicians: Dr. Cody Hunter, Mayville State University; Dr. Kevin Sütterlin, Concordia College; Dr. Sonja Bosca-Harasim, Concordia College; Dr. Cassie Keogh, North Dakota State University; Dr. Cory Driscoll, University of North Dakota; Dr. Joel Pugh, University of North Dakota; Michael Farrick, University of North Dakota; Thomas Christianson, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra
Artwork by Clive Hicks-Jenkins.