Saturday, March 23rd, at 4:00pm
Sunday, March 24th, at 2:00pm
Van Buren Hall
6 Chatham Street, Kinderhook, NY 12106
L’Histoire du Soldat
The Soldier’s Tale
David Smith, Artistic Director
Broad Street Chamber Players
- Benjamin Luxon Narrator
- Anni Crofut Dancer
Contribution $20. Van Buren Hall accessible by lift to 2nd floor
On March 23 and 24 Concerts in the Village (CITV) presents Igor Stravinsky’s dramatic masterpiece The Soldier’s Tale. The renowned Benjamin Luxon will narrate, joined by dancer Anni Crofut and the Broad Street Chamber Players. CITV Artistic Director David Smith will conduct.
Benjamin Luxon, one of Great Britain’s major international singers, appeared world-wide as a recital, concert and opera singer of striking musical and dramatic versatility. Luxon began as a member of the English Opera Group, and quickly became one of its key singers, culminating with Benjamin Britten’s composition of the operatic role “Owen Wyngrave” specifically for Luxon’s voice. Then came many years as a regular artist at Covent Garden and at Glyndebourne, as well as opera houses in Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Prague, New York, Vienna, Milan, and elsewhere.
Luxon worked with most of the world’s major conductors and orchestras and made well over 100 recordings, from Early Music to Contemporary, including art songs, musicals, Victorian ballads and music hall songs, as well as his notable folk singing partnership with banjo player Bill Crofut. His work has always been graced with high musicality, honesty and very fine acting ability. In 1986 he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for his service to British Music. Although retired from singing, Luxon continues to conduct master classes, direct opera, and perform and record the spoken word. David Smith comments, “To work on The Soldier’s Tale with Ben is to work with a legend, with passion, energy, personality and complete understanding brilliantly combined. And the generous spirit of this man seems indelible. Our audiences will not forget their experience.”
Anni Crofut, dancer in The Soldier’s Tale, has had an extraordinarily creative and eclectic life as a writer, designer and dancer. She divides her time between the Berkshires and Bali. A key to her artistry may be found in this statement: “I find great pleasure and solace in the act of looking at patterns in nature: on leaves, shells, flowers, the ridges and arcs of canyon walls, ripples on water, dunes and snow. Nature distills the complex mechanisms of life into visually simple forms, and it is this simplicity that moves me. Movement is, for me, the life force of design. Nothing in nature is static.” This fundamental philosophy motivates Ms. Crofut’s contribution to The Soldier’s Tale.
The essential and very virtuosic instrumental component of the The Soldier’s Tale will be performed by the Broad Street Chamber Players, on this occasion seven outstanding principals drawn from CITV’s Broad Street Orchestra: Elizabeth Silver, John Babich, Paul Green, Cornelia McGiver, Eric Latini, William Meckley and Benjamin Harms.
Map to Our Concert
Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook, NY
Van Buren Hall in Kinderhook, NY
CITV concerts are made possible with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered in Columbia, Greene and Schoharie Counties by the Greene County Council on the Arts through the Community Arts Grants Fund. Generous funding has also been received from the Hudson River Bank and Trust Company Foundation, T. Backer Fund, Alexander and Marjorie Hover Foundation, Stewart’s Shops, and The Price Chopper Golub Foundation, as well as from many individual and business supporters. Kinderhook Reformed Church is especially acknowledged for its many in-kind donations.