Spring Concert-Lecture on Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat

3:00 PM Sun, Mar 2, 2014

Venue: Shalin Liu Performance Center

37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966


Rockport Music



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Dr. Elizabeth Seitz, lecturer Boston Conservatory music and dance students Russel Ger, conductor Featuring Igor Stravinsky's L'histoire du soldat, Dr. Elizabeth Seitz and Russel Ger with the Boston Conservatory music students will explore the exciting and controversial work by Stravinsky. The libretto relates the parable of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for financial gain. Premiered in 1918 in Lausanne, Switzerland, the story is based on a Russian folk tale (The Runaway Soldier and the Devil) and the libretto was written by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz. The piece is scored for a septet of violin, double bass, clarinet, bassoon, cornet, trombone and percussion with dance and narration. Elizabeth Seitz received a Ph.D in Musicology from Boston University. She is on the faculty of Boston Conservatory, where she teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in musicology. Her specialties are turn-of-the-century German Post-Romanticism and Impressionism. She has lectured on topics from Machaut to MTV for audiences of varying ages, and is the principal guest lecturer for the Boston Lyric Opera. In addition to her work for Rockport Music. She frequently lectures at the New York Philharmonic, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Boston Symphony. Dr. Seitz is the author of a murder mystery. Dissertation Most Deadly, and is currently working on a sequel, Murder Most Melodious. Russell Ger is a native of Australia, and holds degrees from the University of new South Wales and the Boston Conservatory. Active as a conductor in Australia and the United States, Mr. Ger can be found both on the concert stage as well as conducting opera. He recently joined violinist Itzhak Perlman on a concert tour of Jewish liturgical music, with performances in Boston, Toronto and New York. Mr. Ger is an advocate for new music, and often collaborates with contemporary composers.

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