The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky's Russian Roots

The joyous Les Noces “depicts” a wedding the way an Altman film uses scraps of conversation to tell a tale, and boasts four pianists on stage. One hundred years ago, Diaghilev, Nijinsky, Stravinsky and Monteux—legends all—triggered the most scandalous evening in ballet history with the premiere of The Rite of Spring. The combination of Stravinsky’s revolutionary music and Nijinsky’s startlingly un-balletic choreography caused a riot. Now universally admired, the music has lost none of its freshness and power.


Conductor/Performers

Michael Tilson Thomas

conductor

Robin Sutherland

piano

Keisuke Nakagoshi

piano

Marc Shapiro

piano

Nicholas Pavkovic

piano

Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

performance group

San Francisco Symphony

Program

Stravinsky

Les Noces

All sound clips are from San Francisco Symphony performances and are used with permission of the SFS Players Committee.

Concert lasts approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.


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Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

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Rite of Spring: The 100th Anniversary

The 12-13 season marks the 100th anniversary of Stravinksy's Rite of Sping. Explore MTT and the SFS's rich history with this work through mutlimedia and interactive content, or live performances.