The Rite of Spring at 100

April 13, 2013

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Multi-media celebration by composer Donivan Johnson. This ballet by Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971) caused one of the most famous and notorious public scandals in music history when it was premiered on May 29, 1913 at a theater in Paris. Months later, as a concert suite, it was well received by both audiences and critics. It is considered to be one of the seminal masterpieces of Twentieth Century music. No-host wine/soft drink reception will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the Helen South Alexander gallery prior to the 3 p.m. presentation. The audience will be “guided” through this monumental work and the cultural era into which it was born with numerous musical examples, slide illustrations, video clips and live performance. There will be a display of books, scores, photos and a CD listening station for audience members to experience prior to the event. A new work by Johnson, commissioned by Mary Moldenhauer, will be premiered entitled “Après-Danse Sacrale” (After the Sacrificial Dance). This composition is a brief musical portrait of “The Chosen One” following the very moment she has danced herself to death and her spirit is welcomed by Earth as the honored sacrifice for Spring. Performing “Après-Danse Sacrale” will be the husband and wife duo Paradox with Lynne-Feller Marshall, bassoon and John Marshall, cello. Both are principal players for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, Eric A. Johnston Auditorium, 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane, WA
Browne's Addition neighborhood, Downtown
(509) 363-5344
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