Pacific Symphony Celebrates the Rite of Spring With Music, Dance and Film
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The last date listed for Rite of Spring Turns 100 was Saturday June 8, 2013 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts
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World-renowned organist Todd Wilson brings the magnificent $3.1 million William J. Gillespie concert… More
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Featured review from Bill McNeely
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This was an outstanding show, with the orchestra playing at its absolute best for Maestro St. Clair. The first half featured favorite pre-1900 Russian ballet music from Tchaikovsky. Each segment was accompanied by dancers on stage, who added a great visual element to the show. Next came two lullabies - one by soprano and piano, from Tchaikovsky again, and one by Stravinsky himself, instrumental with the orchestra. After intermission, a full-bore, big orchestra version of the Rite of Spring score left no doubt aobut why this has stirred so much passion - good and bad - in audiences. If you like the gentle dance music of Tchaikovsky and want a great idea of the power of Le Sacre du Printemps, this is your show.
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The concert was exhilarating and enjoyable. Made you come alive and touched all the emotions.
TCHAIKOVSKY: Excerpts from The Nutcracker and Swan Lake (featuring Members of UC Irvine Department of Dance, Ton Wong, choreographer)
TCHAIKOVSKY: Lullaby in a Storm from Sixteen Songs for Children (Susana Poretsky, soprano • Hye-Young Kim, piano)
STRAVINSKY: Epilogue: Lullaby in the Land of Eternity from The Fairy’s Kiss
FILM EXCERPT: Stravinsky: Once at a Border (1982) (Tony Palmer, film director)
STRAVINSKY: _The Rite of Spring _
Pacific Symphony, Carl St.Clair, conductor
Preview Talk with Alan Chapman at 7:00pm