Program Notes

L’Histoire du Soldat

October 21, 2021

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971)

I. The soldier’s march
II. The soldier’s violin
III. Royal March
IV. The little concert
V. Tango
VI. Waltz
VII. The devil’s dance
IX. Choral
X. The devil’s triumphant march


Carlos Miguel Prieto

Guest Artists

  • Aubree Oliverson, violin
  • Grace Kennedy, performer

LPO Musicians

  • Daniel Parrette, clarinet
  • Jack Peña, bassoon
  • Dave Salay, percussion
  • William Schettler, bass
  • Vance Woolf, trumphet
  • Matthew Wright, trombone

Explore the Faustian legend of a character who surrenders his soul to an evil spirit. Stravinsky wrote Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), with text by Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz, in 1918. The story is a dark fable about a deserting soldier and the Devil who eventually possesses his soul. The soldier’s violin becomes a symbol of both the soldier’s soul and the Devil’s wiles.

Artist Biographies

Aubree Oliverson

Praised for her evocative lyricism and joyful, genuine approach, 23-year-old violinist Aubree Oliverson is proving to be one of America’s most promising young artists. Herperformances have been described by Miami New Times as “endearing and powerful… brimming with confidence and joy” and “masterful… [with a] rich and warm sonority,” by the San Diego Story.

Filled with a refreshingly positive outlook, Aubree made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony at age eleven and has since been devoted to pursuing a life in music. Aubree has garnered several accolades, including her Carnegie Hall Weill Hall recital debut at age twelve as winner of the American Protégé International Strings Competition, several featured performances on NPR’s hit radio show From The Top, a 2016 National YoungArts Foundation Award, the prestigious Dorothy DeLay Fellowship and concerto performance at the Aspen Music Festival, and winner of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts, the highest honor the U.S. government can bestow on a high school student. Highlights of Aubree’s upcoming concert schedule include opening the Louisiana Symphony season with a two-week residency, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto under maestro Carlos Miguel Prieto along with chamber music performances in music of Stravinsky and Marsalis, debuts with the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica, Redlands Bowl Orchestra, the Pasadena Symphony, and closing the Casals Festival performing Bruch’s Violin Concerto in G Minor with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maximiano Valdés. Additional appearances include the Rome Chamber Music Festival and the Verbier Festival Academy and return engagements with the Utah Symphony on a mini tour with maestro Thierry Fischer.

Aubree’s recent engagements include performances with the Pacific Symphony, San Diego Symphony and six performances of Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with Carlos Miguel Prieto and Paolo Bortolameolli conducting the Orchestra of Americas on their tour of Mexico; performances with the Culver City, Topanga and San Fernando Valley Symphonies; recital appearances at the Grand Teton Music Festival and SOKA Performing Arts Center; a video recording project produced by VideoClassica and ArsClassica Association performing solo violin music of Bach, Ysaye, Paganini and Prokofiev; and chamber music at Les Salon des Musiques in Los Angeles. She has also previously soloed with the American Youth Symphony, Aspen Philharmonic Orchestra, Beach Cities Symphony, Burbank Philharmonic, Colburn Orchestra, Colburn Baroque Ensemble, Millennial Choir and Orchestra, Salt Lake Pops Orchestra, Pasadena Orchestra, Utah Chamber Artists, and the Innsbrook Festival Orchestra. In 2012, she returned to the Utah Symphony, at age 13, for a performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto conducted by Vladimir Kulenovic, and the following year she performed a movement of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto with Joseph Silverstein and the Gifted Music School Orchestra in Salt Lake City.

Aubree also enjoys playing chamber music and has performed in various settings around the world. She participated in the Rome Chamber Music Festival 2020 performing works by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. Ms. Oliverson was a participant in the David Finckel/Wu Han Chamber Studio at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2015 and 2016, and she performed at the Prussia Cove IMS Masterclasses and the Music Masters Course Japan chamber music seminar in Yokohama in 2017. She has collaborated with artists such as Stefan Jackiw and Robert McDuffie in Harris Hall at the Aspen Music Festival and School, and with Lynn Harrell, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Orli Shaham, Andrew Marriner, and Clive Greensmith as part of the Colburn Chamber Music Society in Los Angeles, and with Gil Shaham on tour in Mexico. Passionate about reaching a broader audience, Aubree has traveled to over 100 schools throughout the Western United States, motivating and inspiring thousands of children to work hard and participate in music, and has spoken at numerous special functions including national education conventions. Recently, Aubree gave two digital master classes with the Orchestra of the Americas and last season, she participated in a masterclass and side-by-side performance with the Esperanza Azteca Youth Orchestra in Mexico. In 2018, she gave a masterclass and performance in China, and worked individually with over thirty young violinists. Aubree graduated from the Colburn Music Academy in Los Angeles in 2016 where she was concertmaster of the Academy Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. Aubree is a former student of Debbie Moench, Eugene Watanabe, Danielle Belen, Boris Kuschnir at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien, and currently studies with Robert Lipsett, the Jascha Heifetz Distinguished Violin Chair at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles. She plays on a 1743 Sanctus Seraphin violin thanks to the generous loan of Dr. James Stewart.

Aubree enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, traveling, language study, swimming, and dark chocolate.

Grace Kennedy is a New Orleans-based multidisciplinary performance artist thrilled to collaborate with the LPO on this production of A Soldier’s Tale. Follow her on Instagram @grace_kennedy_today to learn more.  

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