A Fiddler’s Tale

Streaming Free in June

Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale

Streaming: June 18 – July 17

Press Release

The Fulton Theatre and Lancaster Symphony Orchestra recently collaborated to produce Igor Stravinsky’s timeless theatre piece, A Soldier’s Tale. Now, this incredible duo has teamed up to present the modern reimagining of this work: Wynton Marsalis’s A Fiddler’s Tale. The performance will stream through the FultonHD and LSO At Home virtual platforms and be available for 30 days beginning June 18.

A Fiddler’s Tale (1998) was co-commissioned by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Jazz At Lincoln Center to be an update to Stravinsky’s devilish chamber work. The influence of jazz and ragtime is present in Stravinsky’s original, so the choice for Fiddler’s composer, American trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, was quite natural. Marsalis blends New Orleans Jazz, Dixieland, and Blues throughout the work. The instrumentation, outline of musical numbers, several titles, and a few motives are borrowed from the original.

For this imaginative retelling, writer Stanley Crouch moves the story to the Mississippi Delta. Beatrice Connors, a young fiddler (Sarah Quinn Taylor), is seduced by the smooth assurances of a record producer named Bubba Z. Beals (Joel Ashur). Beatrice surrenders her unique artistic voice to perform popular, unsatisfying commercial music. In time she is a great success – and miserable. She runs away, searching for her identity and creativity.

A chance encounter with a legendary yet mysterious fiddler Uncle Bud lifts her spirits. She learns of a sick man who might break Bubba’s control and set everything right. Beatrice plays for him, and all seems redeemed. However, she discovers that though her environment has changed, she remains a prisoner. She flees again, hoping to find Uncle Bud and consolation. Beatrice is deceived once and for all. Bubba, boasting of his conquest, warns the audience to be vigilant. Starleisha Gingrich stars as the production’s Narrator, with choreography by Samantha Hewes Cramer.

Lead by guest conductor Michael Repper, the performance will feature seven Principal LSO musicians: Luigi Mazzocchi, Violin; Brent Edmondson, Bass; Luis Engelke, Trumpet; David Sciannella, Trombone; Doris Hall-Gulati, Clarinet; Robin Plant, Basson; and Thomas Blanchard, Percussion.

The creative team for the production includes Marc Robin (Director; Fulton’s Executive Artistic Producer) and Guy McIntosh (LSO’s Executive Director).

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