Hailed by critics as "wild and ingenious" when it first premiered, Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring took the stage yesterday with Alan Gilbert leading the New York Philharmonic. Also on the program were works by the modern marvels Ottorino Respighi and Magnus Lindberg.
A Classicalite favorite, Vijay Iyer, has recently been experimenting with new sounds on his latest LP Mutations. And with an upcoming stint at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) entitled RADHE RADHE: Rites of Holi from Dec. 18-20, Iyer is demonstrating that the MacArthur Genius' music is forming a language all its own.
Twelve puppeteers and the Orchestra of St. Luke's bring Twist's "biggest, most ambitious creation" to Lincoln Center's White Light Festival.
The Mariinsky Orchestra, led by Valery Gergiev, will return to Symphony Center on October 2 with an all-Stravinsky program, featuring The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. The orchestra last performed at Symphony Center in 2010.
It's not just Verdi, Britten, 'The Rite of Spring' and Licia Albanese. Piekło, it's Polish composer Witold Lutosławski's birthday, too!
Classicalite is pleased to present 10 alternate takes on Henri Matisse's 'La Danse,' care of Brooklyn artist Ross Smirnoff.
A few days before May 29, 1913, Igor Stravinsky gave an interview to the writer Ricciotto Canudo. Published in the Parisian journal Montjoie! on the morning of May 29--the day The Rite was to premiere--it bore the title "What I Wished to Express in The Consecration of Spring,"
"It's an old caveman reaction--now you have to be prepared to leap even higher than ever before because the saber-toothed tiger is just behind you--and I love it," Salonen said of facing the piece's finale, with its tricky, irregular and shifting rhythms.
NPR is inviting professionals and the public alike to take the last minute of Stravinsky's inimitable score--in an exceptional performance by conductor Valery Gergiev and his Mariinsky Orchestra--and create a new video to go along with the music.
To celebrate America's one true music, Classicalite has been featuring articles on those artists and individuals who have made jazz what she is today. Well, the crescendo's stopped here on April 30--International Jazz Day.