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Masters of Music

November 10, 2012 at 08:00pm • at Memorial Chapel

Why You'll Love This Concert

Renowned Broadway and Hollywood actor John Rubinstein (Wicked, Hello I Must Be Going) joins Maestro Robertson to share A Soldier’s Tale, Igor Stravinsky’s brilliant retelling of a classic Russian folk tale. The evening also features Mendelssohn’s popular second piano trio and La Revue de Cuisine, the score to Bohuslav Martinů’s ballet about the scandalous liaisons that occur between your kitchen utensils when your back is turned.

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clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, piano, violin, cello


The complicated romantic lives of anthropomorphic kitchen utensils serve as the plot of Czech composer Bohuslav Martinů’s 1927 ballet, La Revue de Cuisine (a hard-to-swallow bite of information, to be sure). The main characters are the Pot and the Lid (a seemingly happily married couple, of course), and the seductive whisk and dishcloth.

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violin, cello, piano


Felix Mendelssohn’s second piano trio is a late work. It is, in fact the last chamber work that the composer lived to see published. It was composed and premiered in 1845, only two years before his untimely death at the age of 38.

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clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, bass


Stravinsky’s masterful L’histoire du soldat found its beginnings in the exigencies of the material world. Despite the success of his ballets, by 1918 Stravinsky’s life was less than perfect. He had suffered numerous personal losses (including the death of his brother) and was fighting to stay afloat financially. The idea of creating a theater piece that could tour economically by using only a handful of performers was born out of these financial realities. Despite having considerable financial backing from a wealthy patron who funded the premiere of the work, the bookings for the tour were all canceled due to the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic.

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Redlands Symphony, dancers, actor-nar...

11/12/12 • by Betty Tyler • The Redlands Daily Facts

With Rubinstein's riveting narration, enhanced with music well played and dancers embodying the tale, "L'histoire du Soldat" pulled me into Stravinsky's world and wouldn't let me go until the end.


Superb! The RSO brings a highly inspirational musical experience to southern California... Each concert is so unique - a must-see and hear!


Sara A., concertgoer

Directions to Redlands

Redlands is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from Riverside, Loma Linda, Yucaipa, Highland, and Beaumont. From Hemet, it’s just a short jaunt north on CA-79 and West on I-10. It is easily accessible from Los Angeles 60 miles east along Hwy 10. And from San Diego, it’s a beautiful, 2-hour drive north along I-15 and I-215.

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Concert Info

Redlands Symphony 11/10/12 at 08:00pm

Memorial Chapel 1200 E. Colton Ave.Redlands, CA 92373 Get Directions


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