Composed by Igor Stravinsky in 1918 with libertto by C.F. Ramuz. Produced by Cody Hunter of Mayville State University.

Performed by music faculties from Mayville State University, University of North Dakota, North Dakota State University, and Concordia College.

L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale) is a theatrical work to be read, played, and danced by three actors and one or several dancers, accompanied by a septet of instruments.

Stravinsky’s greatest work for narrator and orchestra, L’Histoire tells the story of a soldier on leave, heading home to see his family. On the way, the soldier runs into another traveler who wishes to purchase his fiddle in exchange for monetary gain. Shortly after the transaction, the soldier realizes that it was the Devil to whom he had sold his fiddle. Fortune, sorrow, reflection, and defeat follow the protagonist through the rest of the tale, with Stravinsky’s unique, angular, and American jazz–influenced music perfectly blended throughout. 

Since its premier, L’Histoire has become one of the most significant pieces of chamber music composed in the twentieth century. Scored for violin, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, bassoon, double bass, percussion, and actors, Stravinsky masterfully utilizes each instrument’s unique timbre to create unforgettable music with a timeless message: “No one can have it all.”

Stravinsky hit on hard times when he retreated to Switzerland during WW I. He tried to write small scale, income-producing pieces in hopes that someone might perform them. The result is thoroughly convincing theater, like a radio drama with music. The score for L’histoire is a series of short interludes marches — a tango, jazzy riffs, funeral and wedding music, etc. featuring the soldier’s old violin — that prefigure Stravinsky’s life-long fondness for writing pieces lasting under five minutes. None are as delightful as this score born of empty pockets.




Fourth Annual Rye on the Rocks

Friday, March 6,  5:30-7:30 pm

The North Dakota Museum of Art is partnering with Far North Spirits, a field-to-glass distillery in Hallock, MN, for the Fourth Annual Rye on the Rocks. 
Rye on the Rocks is a craft cocktail contest held in the Museum’s galleries featuring Far North Spirits’ rye products. This year’s highlight is the Roknar 100% Rye Whiskey, a limited release rye whiskey from their portfolio.
On March 6, area bartenders will vie for bragging rights with their original cocktail or classics with a twist. Guests sample each creation and vote in two categories–People’s Choice and Most Original.  A panel of judges will award Judges’ Choice, the evening’s top prize. Appetizers by area restaurants included in ticket price. Beer & wine for purchase by HELIX wine & bites.
Doors open at 5:30 pm. 
This is a 21+ event, ID must be shown prior to admittance.
Event limited to 200 people.
General Admission – $40
Designated Driver – $10
Tickets are available at eventbrite.com beginning February 3, 2020

2020 Rye on the Rocks
Platinum Sponsors







David Treuer Lecture

Wednesday, March 11 at 4 pm.


David Treuer’s most recent book The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee was a 2019 finalist for both the National Book Award and Carnegie Medal. Books are available at the Museum Gift Shop.


Heartbeat of Wounded Knee is an “informed, moving and kaleidoscopic portrait of Indian survival, resilience, adaptability, pride and place in modern life. Rarely has a single volume in Native American history attempted such comprehensiveness . . . Ultimately, Treuer’s powerful book suggests the need for soul-searching about the meanings of American history and the stories we tell ourselves about this nation’s past.” 

                                                                            —New York Times Book Review


David Treuer is an Ojibwe Indian from Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The son of Robert Treuer, an Austrian Jew and Holocaust survivor and Margaret Seelye Treuer, a tribal court judge, David Treuer grew up on Leech Lake. After graduating from high school he attended Princeton University where he wrote two senior theses — one in anthropology and one in creative writing — and where he worked with Toni Morrison, Paul Muldoon, and Joanna Scott. Treuer graduated in 1992 and published his first novel, Little, in 1995. He received his PhD in anthropology and published his second novel, The Hiawatha, in 1999. He published half-a-dozen more books including his first major work of nonfiction, Rez Life, in 2012 and the novel Prudence in 2015.


He is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and fellowships from the NEH, Bush Foundation, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He divides his time between his home on the Leech Lake Reservation and Los Angeles, where he is a Professor of English at University of Southern California.