Cavenaugh Joins Baldwin, Davis in Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat May 2

Matt Cavenaugh joins Alec Baldwin and Daniel Davis in the New York Philharmonic Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale) Sunday, May 2, 2010 as part of The Russian Stravinsky: A Philharmonic Festival conducted by Valery Gergiev, which runs April 21 to May 8th at Avery Fisher Hall.  Tickets for the concert are $29-$72. Pre-Concert Talks are $5. All tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656.

Matt Cavenaugh, who recently appeared on Broadway as Tony in the revival of West Side Story, has joined the cast of Stravinsky's L'Histoire du Soldat (A Soldier's Tale) as The Soldier, appearing with fellow Arkansas native Daniel Davis (known as Niles in The
Nanny) as The Devil, and Philharmonic radio host Alec Baldwin as The Narrator, Sunday, May 2, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. The performance is part of The Russian Stravinsky: A Philharmonic Festival conducted by Valery Gergiev, which runs from April 21 to May 8.

L'Histoire du soldat is the 1918 war-influenced musical Faustian tale about a fiddleplaying soldier who strikes an ill-advised bargain with the devil. The soldier comes to realize his error, and for a time seems to manage to outwit his foe and begin a new life with a princess, but the devil triumphs in the end. Also on the program is Stravinsky's "burlesque tale" from 1916, Renard, performed by the Philharmonic and singers from the
Mariinsky Theater.

Screen and stage actor Alec Baldwin received 2008 and 2009 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his starring role in the current television series, 30 Rock; he won the 2007 Golden Globe, SAG, and Television Critics Association awards for the same role. The Long Island native also has starred on Knot's Landing on CBS and numerous other television shows. On Broadway he appeared in The Roundabout Theatre Company's 2006 revival of Joe Orton's Entertaining Mr. Sloane, directed by Scott Ellis, and with Roundabout's 2004 revival of Hecht and MacArthur's The Twentieth Century, directed by Walter Bobbie. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance in the 1992 revival of Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named
Desire, and for an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe for the television movie of the same production. He won an Obie Award for the 1991 Off-Broadway production of Craig Lucas's Prelude to a Kiss, and a Theatre World Award in 1986 for his turn on Broadway in Joe Orton's Loot. Alec Baldwin's films include Beetlejuice, Miami Blues, The Hunt for Red October, Malice, The Shadow, Glengarry GLen Ross, Heaven's Prisoners, Ghosts of Mississippi, The Edge, The Cat in the Hat, The Aviator, The Departed, Running with Scissors, and The Good Shepherd. He received the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actor for The Cooler, directed by Wayne Kramer (2003), and was
nominated for an Oscar for the same film. Mr. Baldwin is the author of A Promise to Ourselves (St. Martin's Press). He made his New York Philharmonic debut narrating the Inside the Music program on October 10, 2008, and this season became the host of the Philharmonic's national radio series, The New York Philharmonic This Week.

Matt Cavenaugh, a native Arkansan, was seen on Broadway most recently as Tony in the revival of West Side Story. Previous Broadway credits include Grey Gardens as both Joe Kennedy, Jr. and Jerry Torre, and A Catered Affair. He made his Broadway debut as Bud in the musical version of the film Urban Cowboy; has traveled the country in the national tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie; and has worked at numerous regional theaters, including The Old Globe, La Jolla Playhouse, Williamstown Theatre Festival, George Street Playhouse, The Goodspeed Opera House, and The Denver Center. His television credits include As the World Turns and One Life to Live, and he has appeared in the independent films Sexual Dependency and New Brooklyn. He can be heard on the cast recordings of West Side Story, Grey Gardens, and A Catered Affair. Mr. Cavenaugh serves on the advisory board of Early Stages, a not-for-profit organization fostering literacy through the arts in the New York City public school system. He is a regular contributor to Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine. Matt Cavenaugh performed with the New York Philharmonic in March 2010 in Sondheim: The Birthday Concert.

Stage and screen actor Daniel Davis's 40-year career includes work in regional theater in the U.S. and Canada, primarily at the American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford National Theater of Canada, The Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Actors Theatre Of Louisville, The Old Globe Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival (for ten seasons) and the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco (six seasons). His favorite roles include Garland Wright's production of The Misanthrope (Alceste); the American premiere of David Hare and Howard Brenton's Pravda (Lambert LeRoux) directed by Robert Falls; the world premiere of The Film Society (Jonathan Balton) by Jon Robin Baitz; and title roles in Hamlet, Peer Gynt, and Arturo Ui. New York credits include Wrong Mountain (Tony nomination),Talking Heads (Obie and Outer Critics Circle Award), La Cage aux Folles (revival), and The Invention of Love and The Frogs for Lincoln Center. In 1971 the Arkansas native toured with Katharine Hepburn in Coco and toured again in 1982 as Salieri in Amadeus, which he also played on Broadway. He spent six seasons as Niles the Butler on The Nanny and has had numerous guest spots on television, most notably as Professor Moriarty on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Films include The Prestige, Sydney Pollack's Havana, and The Hunt for Red October. This will be Mr. Davis's New York Philharmonic debut.

The Russian Stravinsky is sponsored by Yoko Nagae Ceschina and The Kaplen Foundation. It is supported, in part, by the Trust for Mutual Understanding. Credit Suisse is the Global Sponsor of the New York Philharmonic.  Programs of the New York Philharmonic are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets for this concert are $29-$72. Pre-Concert Talks are $5. All tickets may be purchased online at or by calling (212) 875-5656, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may also be purchased at the Avery Fisher Hall Box Office or the Alice Tully Hall Box Office at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 65th Street. The Box Office opens at 10:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and at noon on Sunday. On performance evenings, the Box Office closes one-half hour after performance time; other evenings it closes at 6:00 p.m. A
limited number of $12 tickets for select concerts may be available through the Internet for students within 10 days of the performance, or in person the day of. Valid identification
is required. To determine ticket availability, call the Philharmonic's Customer Relations Department at (212) 875-5656. Ticket prices subject to change.

New York Philharmonic
Avery Fisher Hall
Sunday, May 2, 2010, 3:00 p.m.
Valery Gergiev, conductor
Alexander Timchenko, tenor
Dmitry Voropaev, tenor*
Ilya Bannik, bass
Andrei Serov, bass*
Alec Baldwin, The Narrator
Daniel Davis, The Devil*
Matt Cavenaugh, The Soldier
Musicians from the New York Philharmonic
STRAVINSKY L'Histoire du soldat
*denotes New York Philharmonic debut

Photo Credit: Walter McBride/Retna Ltd.

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