A man wearing a black coat and hat holds up one hand to lift some sunglasses from his face. To his left is a violin
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Classical Music

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra 2023/24: Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Sun 25 Feb 2024
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Alistair McGowan stars in Stravinsky’s anti-war fable

Stravinsky Ebony Concerto
Milhaud La Création du Monde
Kurt Weill Threepenny Opera Suite
Stravinsky The Soldier’s Tale

Sian Edwards conductor
Alistair McGowan the Devil
Richard Williams director

A punchy evening of 20th century classics in the intimacy of the Corn Exchange. In a tale for our times, Alistair McGowan leads three actors and a dancer in Stravinsky’s 1918 masterpiece, The Soldier’s Tale. Part anti-war, part Russian fable, it’s a satiric story of a soldier, his violin, and the Devil.

The first half opens with a treat for brass fans – Stravinsky’s stunningly cool Ebony Concerto, written for Woody Herman’s band. Milhaud’s ballet score explores the African-influenced jazz of 1920s Paris, while Kurt Weill’s Threepenny Opera Suite takes us to Berlin – with Mack the Knife, Cannon Song, Tango Ballad and more