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KSC Faculty Collaborates on Stravinsky Concert

KEENE, N.H., 10/31/08 - The Keene State College Music Department will collaborate with the Theatre and Dance Department to present a unique performance of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) on Friday, November 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for KSC students, senior citizens, and youth ages 17 and under. For tickets, call the box office at 603-358-2168, or visit

Composer Igor Stravinsky and librettist C.F. Ramuz wrote the new work, L’Histoire du Soldat, in the early twentieth century in hopes of overcoming economic difficulties, keeping it simple to produce and perform. The storyline is based on a version of the Faust legend of making a pact with the devil.

Vaughn West, a faculty member in the Theatre and Dance Department, will narrate the theatrical and dramatic piece, written about a soldier on leave returning to his native village and encountering the devil.

KSC music faculty members performing _The Soldier’s Tale _will be Kathy Andrew (violin), Don Baldini (double bass), James Boccia (trumpet), Joy Flemming (bassoon), and Christopher Swist (percussion), with visiting artists Karen Bressette (clarinet) and Dave Sporny (trombone). KSC music faculty member James Chesebrough will conduct the piece.

The recital will also feature other works by Stravinsky, including the beautiful Ave Maria sung by the KSC Chamber Singers (conducted by Elaine Broad-Ginsberg) and works for flute and guitar, featuring KSC music faculty members George Loring (piano), Ted Mann (guitar), and Robin Matathias (flute).

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