THE RITE OF SPRING

Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, April 23 at 2:00 pm

NDSU FESTIVAL CONCERT HALL

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
   Russian Easter Overture

Zoltán Kodály
  Dances of Galanta

Igor Stravinsky
   The Rite of Spring

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Spring on the northern plains is cause for intense celebration, and it does not get more primal and celebratory than these three pieces.

The music on this concert starts out with Rimsky-Korsakov's colorful and exuberant celebration of Orthodox Easter with a definite Russian flair, becoming more folk-like with the swirling, Hungarian-spiced Dances of Galanta, to Stravinsky's primal rhythms and exotic sounds that caused audiences at the 1913 Paris premiere of The Rite of Spring to erupt into a riot.

While accounts of the melee vary, certainly Stravinsky's extraordinary rhythmic textures and Nijinsky's earthy, peasant-inspired choreography combined for an utterly new experience and heralded the modern age of dance. [Note - the image at the top of the page is the original design for Nijinsky's costume]

SNEAK PEEK VIDEOS

The first video below is from a performance from the BBC Proms with a fascinating descriptive introduction, including an interview with some of the original dancers from the premiere: