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Next Concert: Histoire du Soldat

Bach Aria Soloists’ 2016-17 concert season resumes in February with a full concert production of Igor Stravinsky’s masterpiece Histoire du Soldat (Soldier’s Tale), featuring a septet, three actors and a dancer.

The performance is part of Johnson County Community College’s Performing Arts Series and is at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Polsky Theatre.

“We are honored and delighted to be part of JCCC’s Performing Arts Series,” said Elizabeth Suh Lane, BAS Artistic Director and violinist. “The full concert version is how Stravinsky conceived of Histoire du Soldat, and we’re going to re-enact this masterpiece with a world-class conductor, musicians and actors from Kansas City and New York.”

Histoire du Soldat was inspired by the Faustian folk tale in which the Soldier trades his fiddle to the devil for a magic book that will bring him wealth. The soldier then deserts the devil, who inevitably comes to claim his soul. He meets a princess whom he tries to cure. The work was first performed in Lausanne, Switzerland, in September 1918.

At JCCC, the septet will be led by Chicago conductor Leslie B. Dunner. The ensemble will include Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin; and Kansas City-area musicians Jeff Harshbarger, double-bass; Keith Benjamin, trumpet; Eric Stomberg, bassoon; Mari Yoshinaga, percussion and Jo Dee Davis, trombone; New York-area musician Jo-Ann Sternberg, clarinet.

Kansas City actors Robert Gibby Brand, Mark Robbins and Samn Wright will perform, as will dancer Caroline Dahm, dancing the choreography of Mary Pat Henry, the artistic/executive director of Wylliams-Henry Contemporary Dance Company.

The Bach Aria Soloists Trio, featuring Elizabeth Suh Lane, violin, Elisa Williams Bickers, harpsichord, and Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano, will begin the evening with a Bach Sonata for Violin and Klavier and Soprano Arias.