NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) – The Yale School of Music’s 2017-2018 concert season will kick off on Friday, September 15, with a performance by principal conductor Peter Oundjian and the Yale Philharmonia of Stravinsky’s revolutionary Rite of Spring. This morning, Peter Oundjian stopped by our studio to discuss the the work’s history and educational value to Yale School of Music students.
The piece, a ballet with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky, is one whose 1913 premiere was met with protests from an audience that had been primed, in part by Ballets Russes founder Serge Diaghilev, for an adverse reaction.
While accounts of the premiere have created something of a myth around the piece, what’s undeniable is that The Rite of Spring forever changed the musical landscape and the practice of composition.
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Tallis: “Why Fum’th in Fight,” performed by the Yale Voxtet
Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
The concert will take place on Friday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., in Woolsey Hall.