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Stravinsky Rite of Spring
Saturday, September 16th, 2017
Bernstein: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring From the smoke-filled nightclubs of 1950s New York to the peasant villages of premodern Russia, Virginia G. Piper Music Director Tito Muñoz kicks off the 70th Anniversary season with a bold and colorful program of musical masterpieces. Just over a century has passed since its scandalous premiere, yet Stravinsky’s folkloric ballet The Rite of Spring continues to surprise, excite and enthrall. In Prelude, Fugue and Riffs – a stroke of genius that pivots between polyrhythmic structures à la Stravinsky and the wailing strains of big band jazz – Muñoz and Principal Clarinetist Alexander Laing usher in a season-long focus on the music of Leonard Bernstein. Virtuoso violinist Philippe Quint returns to Symphony Hall to perform Tchaikovsky’s sizzling Violin Concerto.