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++ Here is my review of the Santa Barbara Symphony concert of November 17, 2018: Stravinsky - The Soldier’s Tale & The Rite of Spring
Conductor Nir Kabaretti and actor Christopher Lloyd kibbitzed over exactly who should be conducting The Soldier’s Tale which opened Santa Barbara Symphony’s all-Stravinsky concert pair November 17 & 18 2018. A fully staged production of The Soldier’s Tale was conceived and directed by Ensemble Theatre Company’s artistic director Jonathan Fox with world premiere choreography by State Street Ballet’s resident choreographer and artistic director William Soleau.
An augmented Santa Barbara Symphony performed Stravinsky’s iconic Rite of Spring ballet score as the finale to the all-Stravinsky evening in Santa Barbara’s Granada Theatre.
Actor Christopher Lloyd (narrator) captivated the audience with his dynamic, insightful, clear and altogether mesmerizing reading of the charming limerick-filled libretto by Swiss writer Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz based on a Russian fable.
State Street Ballet dancers James Folsom (soldier) Leila Drake (Princess) and Cecily MacDougall (devil) performed elegant world premiere choreography for The Soldier’s Tale by William Soleau. A fully staged production was conceived and directed by Ensemble Theatre Company’s artistic director Jonathan Fox making use of two company regulars, Jamie Torcellini (devil) and Nick Ballard (soldier).