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Stravinky's Rite of SpringSmithsonian Resident Associate Program

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#1 Mary Lynn Slayden

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Posted 31 July 2007 - 11:28 AM

This is on offer for September here in DC.

Igor Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring

In Cooperation with the Embassy of the Russian Federation
With Buffet Luncheon

Fri., Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Today Igor Stravinskyís Rite of Spring (Le Sacre de Printemps) stands as a magnificent masterpiece of 20th-century music, but it didnít start out that way. From the first notes played at the premiere, the musical score elicited such loud objections from the audience that Serge Diaghilevís Ballets Russes dancers could not hear the enormous orchestra playing in the pit just below them.

In this daylong seminar at the Embassy of the Russian Federation, Harvard University music professor Thomas Kelly highlights the musical traditions and cultural milieu that colored Stravinskyís savage musical score, Vaslav Nijinskyís astounding choreography, and Diaghilevís genius in bringing the artists together. Kelly evokes what it was like to attend the 1913 Parisian premiere and hear the extraordinary music that provoked a riot then but influenced generations of later composers.

Luncheon is included. Business attire. There are no ticket sales at the door. Participants must bring avalid ID to the program.

For members it cost $85 non member $131

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