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For Long Beach Opera, Kurt Vonnegut-Wynton Marsalis pairing overdue
For Long Beach Opera, Kurt Vonnegut-Wynton Marsalis pairing overdue

It is a double bill of opposing reactions, one a homage, the other a rejection. Yet both paths bring us to the same place: a modernization of Stravinsky's not-so-modern classic, "L'Histoire du Soldat." Perhaps this is one way to frame Long Beach Opera's pairing of Kurt Vonnegut's "An American Soldier's Tale" and Wynton Marsalis' "A Fiddler's Tale," what director David Schweizer calls "a long overdue blind date that glows with potential." The last performance is Saturday. For Schweizer, hearing the two pieces of music side by side "justifies the night," and forms the most organic aspect of the...

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