One-hundred years ago, the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, “Rite of Spring,” created a riot that is still talked about to this day. The performance was overrun by insulting outbursts, whistling and booing. The audience was so loud that the dancers were unable to hear the music. As a result, the piece and its premiere became known as one of the most controversial works of the century.
Today, “Rite of Spring” has become a favorite of many classical music lovers. Its music is complex, consisting of intricate rhythmic patterns. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Joffrey Ballet Company revived the piece in February in Los Angeles. Now, a performance is coming to Tiffin.
Margarita Denenburg, who is new to the School of Music faculty this year, and Ohio native Gerald Evans will perform the piece on two pianos during a program at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Brenneman Music Hall.
The version that Denenburg and Evans will perform was originally written by Stravinsky for four hands (one piano) alongside the orchestral version. “It is still an original work that the pianists split to two pianos which provides a rarely seen look into this famous piece,” said Denenburg.
The program is free and open to the community. For additional information, call the School of Music at 419-448-2073.