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About The Rite of Spring

The aftershocks of Igor Stravinsky’s visionary masterpiece are still being felt over a century after its scandalous premiere – it changed music forever.

Prehistoric tribal rites – dances, processions, ritual games – climax in the sacrifice of a victim who dances herself to death. The heady mix of primeval choreography and earth-shaking music was too much for the Parisian ballet audience who rioted and cat-called, closing the show, but catapulting Stravinsky and the Rite to international celebrity.

From the bassoon’s eerie opening notes to the cataclysmic climax, the Rite of Spring is a panorama of sensations, unleashing a huge virtuoso orchestra in music of raw, rhythmic vitality and awe-inspiring sound.

Program

WAGNER -Die Meistersinger – Prelude

STRAVINSKY - The Rite of Spring

Artists

Pietari Inkinen - conductor

Run Time

1hr

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Age

Recommended for ages 12+

Sydney Town Hall

483 George Street, Sydney, NSW 2000

19 - 20 Feb

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