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A night of visionary partnerships, opening night features the reimagined and retold Soldier’s Tale by Igor Stravinsky, alongside a world-premiere by Seattle-based composer Angelique Poteat. Featuring an incredible cast of dancers from NYC Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and more.


The Tunes

Poteat   Her Story of a Soldier, World Premiere Commission (2019)
Stravinsky   The Soldier’s Tale, Retold (1918, arr. 2019)

The Story

Emerald City Music kicks off SEASON 04 with a bold series of local and national collaborations. The night begins with a world-premiere by local Seattle-based composer Angelique Poteat. Her work for clarinet, trombone, violin, double bass, and percussion – to be paired with dance – programmatically follows the story of women’s battle to enlist in the U.S. Armed Forces, overcome stereotypes and avoid harassment. Poteat captures the real-life stories of women who have come out to share their stories of their struggles to be treated as equal soldiers to their male counterparts. Following, the powerhouse team of director Michael Barrett, librettist Mark Campbell, and choreographer Josh Bergasse, unveils a collaboration between ECM and the Moab Music Festival that reimagines Igor Stravinsky’s iconically complex  “The Soldier’s Tale”. The piece for dancer and musicians – premiered in September 1918 – tells the story of a soldier on leave who trades his magic fiddle to the devil, launching a bizarre and entertaining sequence of events. 

The Artists

David Prottas, dancer (soldier) • Taeler Cyrus, dancer (princess) • Ashley Fitzgerald, dancer (devil) • Michael Barrett, director • Mark Campbell, librettist • Josh Bergasse, choreographer • Kristin Lee, violin • Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet • Stephen Burns, trumpet •  Jon Rojak, trombone • Michael Thurber, bass • Oleksiy Zakharov, Bassoon • Ian David Rosenbaum, percussion


Purchase Tickets

Tickets $29–$44 ($10 students) includes $4 Washington Center box office fee. Seats purchased on Emerald City Music’s website are assigned at the time of purchase. Tickets may also be purchased via the Washington Center box office after early August by calling (360) 753-8586.

Earlier Event: September 13
Later Event: November 1