Composed for the Ballets Russes, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring remains one of the most powerful, unique, and challenging orchestral pieces ever written. The modern costumes, sets, and choreography ignited a riot at its Paris premiere. Here, the work will be performed in the concert version without any additional visual elements. Stravinsky’s masterpiece is contrasted by Schumann’s “Spring” Symphony—a work with a more festive and romantic view of spring. This is paired with Haydn’s bright and lively Symphony No. 38 to open the program.
The Philadelphia Orchestra
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