The Rite of Spring: Stravinsky's Russian Roots

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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.


Marc Shapiro


Dmitri Pokrovsky Ensemble

performance group

San Francisco Symphony



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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  1. Fri, Jun 21, 2013 at 6:30pm

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  2. Sat, Jun 22, 2013 at 8:00pm

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