One hundred years ago in Paris, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring—widely acknowledged as the most influential work of the 20th century—exploded onto the world stage. Le sacre du printemps infamously caused riots in 1913 for its explosive, driving rhythms.
Today, it is one of Stravinsky's most celebrated and frequently performed works, its influence heard in everything from modern classical works to film soundtracks. Carnegie Hall celebrates the work on February 22 and 23.
On February 22 The Philadelphia Orchestra led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin performs the masterwork during Nézet-Séguin's final Carnegie Hall appearance of the 2012–2013 season. The Philadelphia Orchestra has deep ties to the piece. Nearly a decade after its premiere in Paris, Leopold Stokowski conducted the US premiere in Philadelphia in March 1922.
The following day, February 23, Discovery Day: Rite of Spring—featuring musicologist, historian, and critic Richard Taruskin, Barnard College professor of dance Lynn Garafola, and composers Osvaldo Golijov and David Lang—explores the revolutionary aspects of the piece and traces its pervasive influence on 20th-century culture in a day of panel discussions and film screenings.
Yannick Nézet-Séguin discusses The Rite of Spring and its close association with The Philadelphia Orchestra.
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