Stars Aligned: John de Lancie & Nick DiBerardino in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Peter Dobrin interviews the pair about Igor Stravinsky's "L'Histoire du Soldat" and the Philadelphia premiere of "Darmok & Jalad".

Beloved actor, director, producer, writer, and comedian John de Lancie and Nick DiBerardino (Composition ’18), Ensemble 20/21 director, acclaimed composer, chair of composition studies, and senior associate dean of performance studies at Curtis, recently spoke with the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Peter Dobrin about the upcoming Curtis Presents performances of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat and Mr. DiBerardino’s Star Trek-inspired piece, Darmok & Jalad.

Mr. Dobrin asks Philadelphia-born John de Lancie: Why Curtis? “Well, it’s the Curtis,” he responds, “and that pretty well says it all.” Mr. de Lancie adds: “Nick has musically captured both the beauty and frustration of an alien language that can only communicate in metaphors. The musical dialogue is riveting. I invited two friends who know Star Trek far better than I and they were thrilled. It’s such accessible music, and knowing the story behind it makes it even more special.”

Read the interview and watch a clip of John de Lancie’s performance with the L’Histoire du Soldat septet HERE.



Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at 8 p.m.
Philadelphia Film Center
1412 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

John de Lancie, narrator
Soovin Kim (’99), violin
William McGregor (’22), double bass
David Shifrin (’71), clarinet
Luis Márquez Teruel, bassoon
James Vaughen, trumpet
Derek Gullett, trombone
Tae McLoughlin, percussion
Micah Gleason, conductor


VIET CUONG Well-Groomed
FRANCIS POULENC Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon
KRZYSZTOF PENDERECKI Duo Concertante for Violin and Double Bass
IGOR STRAVINSKY L’Histoire du Soldat

Single tickets for L’Histoire du Soldat ($29) and are available at Seating is general admission.

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