Finger Lakes Chamber Music Finale features animation

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
The Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival Grand Finale includes a performance of A Soldier’s Tale.

The “Grand Finale” of the Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival 10th season takes place Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Penn Yan Academy, 305 Court St., Penn Yan at 7:30 p.m.  

The program includes Igor Stravinsky’s, “A Soldier’s Tale” (L’histoire du Soldat) with the R.O. Blechman animated film and “The Sitwell–Walton Façade.”

Stravinsky’s “A Soldier’s Tale,” is a 1918 theatrical work “to be read, played and danced.”   Over 60 years later, Stravinsky conceived the film interpretation to make a timeless tale. The tale is the post-World-War I story of a young soldier, his violin, and the devil in a modern world.

The soldier, returning home from the war, sells his beloved violin (which contains his soul) to a stranger in exchange for riches. The stranger turns out to be the Devil.

This film, winner of an Emmy for Outstanding Animated Programming in 1984, is seldom seen, and even more rarely presented with live music. Blechman will be in Penn Yan for the concert and will attend the reception following the concert.

Façade, is a series of nonsense poems by Edith Sitwell recited over instrumental accompaniment by William Walton. This “entertainment” (as it was called) was first performed in public in 1923. Julia Figueras of WXXI will provide the entertainment at this concert as she recites Sitwell’s poetry.

Tickets are $20; students/free. Tickets may be purchased on line by credit card at; by mail at Finger Lakes Chamber Music Festival (FLCMF), PO Box 605, Penn Yan, NY 14527 (checks to FLCMF);  at the new Arts Center of Yates County (127 Main St., Penn Yan) or at the door the night of the concert.

There will be a reception following the concert. The venue is wheel chair accessible.

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