McOpera - Performers from Scottish Opera Orchestra - featuring "The Soldier's Tale
McOpera present “The Soldier’s Tale” with narration, animated film and music for piano. clarinet, horn and piano, plus trios by Brahms and Milhaud, Find out what happens when a soldier,
McOpera present “The Soldier’s Tale” with narration, animated film and music for piano. clarinet, horn and piano, plus trios by Brahms and Milhaud, Find out what happens when a soldier, returning from WW!, trades his violin to the devil for untold riches……..
McOpera (Music Co-OPERA-tive Scotland) comprises musicians from Scottish Opera. They present a wide range of concerts for small and large ensembles, weddings, corporate events and concerts for children. It was formed in 2012 to provide a diverse and exciting range of performances in Scotland. Their scope extends from small groups of instrumentalists to full opera productions and the performance of new works.
- Brahms: Trio for piano, horn and violin
- Milhaud: Suite for violin, clarinet and piano
- Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale – Animated film with narrator, violin, clarinet and piano.
The Soldier’s Tale Trio is a short instrumental suite written by Stravinsky for violin, clarinet and piano using material taken from his larger septet version of the same title. In this updated version, the suite is presented with live-edited animated film commissioned from artist Derek Gray (https://www.derekgrayart.co.uk ) and Edinburgh-based film maker Roddy Simpson (http://www.roddysimpson.com/video-opera.html)
Written in the aftermath of World War 1, it tells the story of a soldier returning home who makes a bargain with the devil, trading his violin for unlimited economic gain. All is well until he realises that it is not material worth which is important in life – instead it is those such as family, music and love which should prevail. First performed in 1919, the music has jazz influences in rhythm and this the original short version for violin, clarinet and piano.
The concert is presented by Flora Munro (https://www.floramunro.com) and the McOpera Ensemble is led by violinist Katie Hull. Flora acts as a presenter, narrator, and is also a jazz singer.
Tickets £14, U26 £6, children free. The concert is included in Linlithgow Arts Guild’s season ticket, available at £54 for 9 events. To book please use the button link below.
Linlithgow Arts Guild is a voluntary organisation. Its aim is to “Bring Excellence in the Live Arts to Linlithgow”, and since 1969 we have had the privilege of promoting many fine performances by artists, ensembles and orchestras of world renown. The vast majority of performers are professional musicians who perform internationally. The concerts are open to everyone.
(Saturday) 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
St Michael's Parish Church
Kirkgate, Linlithgow EH49 7AL