Virginia Arts Festival and Virginia Symphony Orchestra The Rite of Spring: 100th Anniversary Performance with Richmond Ballet
Virginia Arts Festival
The Virginia Arts Festival will make—and remake—history on May 29. That’s when the Festival will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world premiere of The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky’s groundbreaking work that changed the worlds of music and dance forever.
nThe original premiere, on May 29, 1913, took place in Paris. Formonths before the fateful night, Stravinsky worked side by side with choreographer Vaslav Nijinsky to create a bold new work, with every pulsing beat of the music drawing the dancers deeper into a mysterious story of ritual and sacrifice, in steps and movements that classical audiences had never seen before. Traditionalists were aghast; but many among that first audience, thrilled by what they saw, knew that they were in the presence of astonishing genius. This was revolution, and Stravinsky, leading the forces for change, won the day.
nNow, 100 years to the day after that headline-making premiere, the Virginia Arts Festival presents the Virginia Symphony Orchestra and the Richmond Ballet in The Rite of Spring: a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to celebrate the genius of an artist who has left an indelible mark on music, and through music, on the world.
nVIRGINIA ARTS FESTIVAL
nThe Rite of Spring
nWednesday, May 29, 7:30PM (Pre-performance conversation at 6:30PM)
nChrysler Hall, Norfolk
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