Skip to main content

Curtis on Tour:
L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)

Sat. March 11, 2023 at 8pm

Presented by The Philharmonic Society of Orange County and Irvine Barclay Theatre

Part of the Distinctive Experiences Series

Curtis On Tour, The Nina von Maltzahn Global Touring Initiative of the Curtis Institute of Music

John de Lancie: narrator
Soovin Kim: violin
David Shifrin: clarinet

William McGregor: double bass
Luis Marquez Teruel: bassoon
James Vaughen: trumpet
Derek Gullett: trombone
Tae McLoughlin: percussion
Micah Gleason: conductor


Viet Cuong: Well-Groomed for Solo Snare Drum
Francis Poulenc: Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon              
Eugène Ysaÿe: Sonata No. 6 in E Major
Nick DiBerardino: Darmok & Jalad
Igor Stravinsky: L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale)                   

A thrilling tale of trickery and magic, Igor Stravinsky’s famed L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) comes to life through an ensemble of musicians from the Curtis Institute of Music.

“One of the world’s leading music academies” (BBC Culture), Curtis’s performers team up with beloved actor and narrator John de Lancie, who voices the characters; award-winning performer David Shifrin; and prominent recitalist Soovin Kim to tell this story of a soldier who learns that greed leads to ruin.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’Histoire du soldat) is regarded as one of the most important and influential chamber works of the early twentieth century. It is the story of a soldier, on leave from the army, who trades his old violin for a magic book that can tell the future and make him rich. He soon discovers, however, that he has made a deal with the devil and that money does not bring happiness.

Watch & Listen