The 1918 music-theater piece tells the story of a soldier who sells his soul to the devil. The Philharmonic's performances on May 12, 13, and 14 will be its first of the work since 1966.
Abraham will narrate; Nelson is the Soldier; Seldes will play the Devil. The performances also feature ballerina Valerie Madonia and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. The production, directed by Douglas Fitch, includes puppetry and projected images. Katao Sakurai is the technical director, co-designer, and puppeteer; Kasumi created projected images of dance.
Philharmonic assistant conductor Xian Zhang will conduct an ensemble of the orchestra's principal players: bassist Eugene Levinson, clarinetist Stanley Drucker, bassoonist Judith LeClair, trumpeter Philip Smith, trombonist Joseph Alessi, and percussionist Christopher S. Lamb.
The program will also include Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 5, conducted by Zukerman.