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'Soldier's Tale' a rare performance

'Soldier's Tale' a rare performance

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" ASOLDIER'S TALE , " a rarely produced work combining music, dance and theater, will be presented at the College of St. Mary tonight.

The piece — based on a Russian folk tale — was conceived by composer Igor Stravinsky and Swiss writer C.F. Ramuz, and premiered in Lausanne, Switzerland, in 1918. It's the parable of a World War I soldier's decision to trade his fiddle to the devil for riches, and the consequences of that choice.

Also known as "L'Histoire du Soldat," the work isn't often performed live because of its unorthodox scoring of instruments and use of actors and dancers. The New York City Opera and the New York State Theater presented the show's American premiere in 1978 with a ballet-centered version at Lincoln Center.

The College of St. Mary production will feature professional musicians and artists from Kansas and members of the Owen Cox Dance Company from Missouri.

A mini-performance and music appreciation session will be held for elementary students from underserved Omaha schools this morning, and college representatives are working with private and public schools and homeschoolers on additional complementary activities.

The full performance is at 7 p.m. in the Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at 7000 Mercy Road. It is free and open to the public.

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