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Not Your Typical School Productions: Music Students Play Major Role in NY Culture

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Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale,” presented by the Yale in New York series at Carnegie Hall in April 2014

New York Times | By Anthony Tommasini

With the demise of the New York City Opera in 2013, New York was left with one major — very major — opera company. Still, for all its might, the Metropolitan Opera can’t do everything. There were growing calls from critics and many hopeful opera fans for adventurous smaller companies in the city, like Gotham Chamber Opera and Beth Morrison Projects, to step unto the breach and do more.

Yet there have long been other players on the field doing more, and not just in opera: the conservatories and music schools in the city, along with the music departments at universities where the performing arts really matter. In cities across the United States, these institutions are hotbeds of opera, symphonic concerts and chamber music.… MORE

Published December 22, 2014
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The Soldier’s Tale: full performance now available to watch on demand

SoldiersTale_0431The Yale School of Music is pleased to present an on-demand stream of Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, a co-production with Yale School of Drama. The stream will be available for six months beginning June 1, 2014.

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In April, the Yale in New York concert series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, presented a new collaboration between the two performing arts schools: a fully-staged original production and new translation of Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic The Soldier’s Tale. Performances took place Tuesday, April 1 in Morse Recital Hall on the Yale campus, and Sunday, April 6 in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall. One of the largest collaborations between the two schools, the production brought together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians. MORE

Published June 1, 2014
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New York Times: If the Devil Taps You, Pretend You Didn’t Feel It

When Stravinsky wrote “The Soldier’s Tale,” his 1918 dramatic work that combines spoken text with a seven-piece chamber ensemble, he had in mind the touring puppet shows and playing troupes he encountered in the Russia of his youth. Over the years, when “The Soldier’s Tale” has been presented as a staged drama or a ballet, it has often been updated or mythologized. It is probably best known as a concert work, without its spoken text.

On Sunday night the Yale in New York series, now in its seventh season, presented a fresh, funny and aptly ominous staged production of “The Soldier’s Tale” at Zankel Hall, a collaboration between the Yale School of Music and the Yale School of Drama. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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Review: Yale in New York, ‘The Soldier’s Tale’ @ Carnegie’s Zankel Hall

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By Jon Sobel

With the centenary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring safely behind us, there’s value in a reminder of the great variety of music the composer brought out through his long career before and after the Rite‘s riotous 1913 premiere. Yale in New York brought an enchanting new production of the dance-theater piece The Soldier’s Tale to Carnegie Hall’s downstairs hall last night, featuring Michael Cerveris in the key role of the Narrator and Yale drama students in the dancing/speaking roles.

Based on a Russian folk tale, and written in response to the dislocations of World War One, the work premiered in 1918 with text by C. F. Ramuz. With a bouncy, sometimes Seussian new translation by director Liz Diamond, the Yale production showed how accessible and amusing Stravinsky’s music could be–even before the 1920s ushered in what’s generally considered his “neoclassical” style. MORE

Published April 8, 2014
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Yale Daily News: School of Drama and Music collaborate on project

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By Eric Xiao

Enlisting the help of students, faculty and alumni, the Yale School of Drama and Yale School of Music have been working on one of their largest collaborations to date.

The two schools will stage a joint production of “The Soldier’s Tale,” written by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City this Sunday. YSD Professor Liz Diamond said the production, which includes cast members from both schools, offers a rare opportunity for music and drama students and faculty to venture outside of their respective areas of expertise.

“The cultures, traditions, practices of music production and theatrical production have some significant differences,” Diamond said. “I hope that each school can learn about the other through this project.” MORE

Published April 2, 2014
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New Yorker spotlights The Soldier’s Tale

Stravinsky’s compact masterpiece, composed in isolated Switzerland during the First World War, is as vital to the canon as ever, but it is rarely performed in the full staged version that he and the librettist, C. F. Ramuz, envisioned. Now the piece is being mounted by the Yale Schools of Music and Drama, with an honored alumnus, Michael Cerveris, leading the cast of student actors, and with the clarinettist David Shifrin leading the music; the new English translation is by Liz Diamond, who directs. (Zankel Hall. 212-247-7800. April 6 at 7:30.)

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Published April 1, 2014
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Yale School of Music, Yale School of Drama present Stravinsky’s ‘Soldier’s Tale’

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By Joe Amarante

NEW HAVEN » Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic “The Soldier’s Tale” is a real standard, says David Shifrin, artistic director of Yale in New York concert series. But a new version, to be performed Tuesday at Yale’s Morse Recital Hall and April 6 at Carnegie Hall, promises to be something pretty special.

“It’s very rarely done in the way that reflects its original traveling, theatrical, musical troupe beginnings,” Shifrin said in a phone chat Tuesday from a Vancouver, B.C., hotel room where he was on a Lincoln Center tour. “I’ve played this so many times in my career, but never in a production with this kind of depth.” MORE

Published March 28, 2014
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Yale School of Music, School of Drama present a fresh take on Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale”

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The Yale in New York concert series, under the artistic direction of David Shifrin, presents a new collaboration between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama: a fully-staged original production and new translation of Igor Stravinsky’s darkly comic The Soldier’s Tale. Performances will take place Tuesday, April 1 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall on the Yale campus (details), and Sunday, April 6 at 7:30 pm in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This production marks one of the largest collaborations between the Yale School of Music and Yale School of Drama. It brings together School of Music faculty and student musicians with the School of Drama faculty, student, and alumni designers, actors, and technicians.

Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale (L’histoire du Soldat) was written in response to the events of World War I, and premiered in 1918. Marking one hundred years since the outbreak of the war, the Schools of Music and Drama bring a fresh perspective to the work with a lively new translation by Liz Diamond, OBIE Award winning Resident Director at Yale Repertory Theatre and Chair of the Directing Department at Yale School of Drama. Diamond will also stage the production. MORE

Published February 26, 2014
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