L'Histoire du Soldat and Berlin Suite 1920:

Two Tales 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 award-winning actor Edward Gero, in a striking new imagining of the Stravinsky classic with a new moral: #SAVETHEARTS


July 9, 2021 at 7:30pm
Performance is 1h 10 min without intermission


Live! at 10th & G

945 G Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20001

Parking: Access to the garage is located behind the building on 980 G Place, N.W.  Parking is $10 flat fee. Use the Office elevator to access the lobby of the First Congregational United Church of Christ.


Edward Gero, actor

David Jones, clarinet

Joseph Horowitz, librettist/producer

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez

Igor Stravinsky:  Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet

Igor Stravinsky: A Soldier’s Tale

With a new libretto by Joseph Horowitz

Daniel Schnyder: Berlin Suite 1920

Tickets: $45 per person

For health and safety, attendance is limited to 250 people. Per DC and venue guidelines, face masks are required inside the building.

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 Plan 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 all ticket buyers wear a mask inside the building and practice social distancing in all general public areas.
  • CDC recommends frequent hand washing 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.

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

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