The Chicago-based music theatre troupe Après L’Histoire takes Igor Stravinsky’s 1918 composition L’Histoire du soldat (“The Soldier’s Tale,” with text by C.F. Ramuz) as its starting point, championing the continued vitality of its words and music alongside new works and arrangements for the same performers. Co-directors Chris Wild (conductor) and Jenna Lyle (actor, soprano) are experienced interpreters and performers of various musical styles and interdisciplinary practices. The project’s nine performers are all current or recent students of Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music, and members of Ensemble Dal Niente, mocrep, Parlour Tapes+, Zafa Collective, and F-PLUS. The ensemble’s recent and upcoming performances have been presented by Constellation’s Frequency Series (April, 2019 & June, 2018), The Poetry Foundation (October, 2017), The Arts Club of Chicago (May, 2017), and Northwestern University (May, 2017).
Jenna Lyle (actor, soprano), Chris Wild (conductor), Danielle Ray (violin), Adam Attard & Joe Bauer (bass), Conner Ray (clarinet), William George & Nick Ober (bassoon), Andrew Lennox & Morgen Low (trumpet), Sean Holly (trombone), Josh Graham & Alex Monroe (percussion)