Bass trombonist David Taylor

Igor Stravinsky’s L'Histoire du Soldat: A Story for Today

In the wake of World War I, Igor Stravinsky was living in Switzerland, cut off from his family estate in Russia. He was receiving no royalties from his publisher in Berlin. Stage performances of his music by Diaghilev’s Ballet Russe were very infrequent. His concert works were virtually dormant. With the Swiss writer C. F. Ramuz, he conceived a small, portable entertainment, requiring neither a large theater nor a large orchestra, in fact suitable for outdoor performance. They imagined a small touring company of players – as an aspiration that proved impractical. But the work itself has vigorously survived.

The pertinence of A Soldier’s Tale today is self-evident. It is a COVID entertainment: compact, flexible, rejecting Romantic symphonic upholstery in favor of a dry, caustic sonority conducive to bitter entertainments, light-hearted yet not evasive.

PostClassical Ensemble is joined by world-renowned trombonist David Taylor with award-winning actor Edward Gero, in a striking new imagining of the Stravinsky classic with a new moral: #SAVETHEARTS

“Killer” – NY Times

“Not in my wildest imaginings could I have envisioned such revelatory and shocking interpretations. . . . When Taylor improvised on the bass trombone, he transformed the familiar into something strange, still plangent and bewitching, but now uttered by a voice from another world. The pathos was unrelenting, almost too much to bear.” – Sudip Bose, The American Scholar, on hearing David Taylor play Schubert with PostClassical Ensemble


May 8, 2021 at 6:30 pm
May 9, 2021 at 3:00 pm

Performance is 1h 15 min without intermission

Digital Program

Stone Hill Theatrical Foundation

40 Spring Wish Lane, Flint Hill, VA

Edward Gero, actor

Daniel Schnyder, saxophone/composer

David Taylor, bass trombone

Joseph Horowitz, librettist/producer

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Daniel Schnyder: Two Duos for Saxophone and Bass Trombone

Igor Stravinsky: A Soldier’s Tale

Adapted for PCE by Joseph Horowitz (premiere)

Daniel Schnyder: Berlin Suite 1920

Tickets: $20 per person

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Per Virginia’s COVID guidelines, attendance is limited to 100 individuals as of April 1, 2021

This is an outdoor performance. General seating will be provided in designated areas on the grounds. Feel free to bring blankets, picnics, coolers, and lawn chairs. The grounds will be open 2 hours before the performance. Free on-site parking is available.

Rain Date: We will update the PCE website, Facebook page and send an email to ticket buyers about weather-related delays or cancellations.  A rain date will be announced at that time.  If the performance is rescheduled, ticket buyers will have the option to refund their ticket or use it toward the new date.

Your Health and Safety Is A Priority

In an effort to keep attendees and performers healthy and safe, PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) is following COVID-19 Safety Plans and Protocols, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

  • If you are feeling unwell on the day of the performance or leading up to the performance, please email us at info@postclassical.com and we will happily refund your ticket and wish you a speedy recovery.
  • We request that everyone follow social distancing guidelines and remain a distance of at least 6 feet between themselves and others not within their group or pod.
  • Wear a mask and practice social distancing in all general public areas or while waiting in line for bathrooms or food.
  • CDC recommends frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, and use of hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • PCE will adhere to applicable federal, state, local, and venue guidelines on capacity limits, which at this time limit the number of people gathered to 100.

Our sincere wish is for everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience at Stone Hill with PostClassical Ensemble!

The Stone Hill Theatrical Foundation supports theatrical productions addressing today's most pressing issues. www.stonehilltheatricalfoundation.org

*Per venue guidelines, proof of vaccination (card or photo of card) or proof of negative COVID test within 3 days.

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