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Symphony Orchestra Performs "Rite of Spring"
Oklahoma City University’s Symphony Orchestra will present the concert work that provoked scandal, a riot at its premiere, and the beginning of contemporary music.
Mark Parker will conduct Igor Stravinsky’s “ The Rite of Spring” on the orchestra’s final concert of 2008 in Petree Recital Hall Dec. 2. The 8 p.m. event is free and open to the public. Dr. Cory Gavito, the Bass School’s musicologist, will kick off the program with a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Bass Music Center.
The May 29, 1913, Paris premiere of “The Rite of Spring” (“Le Sacre du Printemps”) provoked outrage among some in the audience and adoration among others. The critic Alex Ross notes the work “prophesized a new type of popular art – low-down yet sophisticated, smartly savage, style and muscle intertwined. For much of the 19th century, music had been a theater of the mind; now composers would create a music of the body. Melodies would follow patterns of speech; rhythms would match the energy of dance; musical forms would be more concise and clear; sonorities would have the hardness of life as it is really lived.”
Also on the Tuesday program: the march and scherzo from Prokofiev’s “The Love of Three Oranges,” led by Brandon Ford, graduate conductor; “Baba Yaga” by Anatol Liadov, conducted by graduate conductor Sarah Neely; Hannah Miller soloing on the third movement of Jacques Ibert’s “Concerto for Flute;” and OCU alumnus Benjamin Nilles conducting Alexander Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances.”
For more information, contact the Bass School of Music at (405) 208-5474.