The Rite of Spring at 100, Reassessing the Rite: A Centennial Conference

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October 25, 2012
October 28, 2012

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Beginning October 25, the four-day conference includes 17 presentations addressing the artistic impact of The Rite Spring in the history of Modernism, across the fields of music, dance and design. Participants will include renowned dance historian, Lynn Garafola, and celebrated Russian music scholar, Richard Taruskin, who will give a keynote address on “Resisting The Rite”.

A performance by one of Russia’s leading contemporary music groups, Studio for New Music Ensemble will open the conference on October 25. Immediately following the conference, on October 29 and 30, The Mariinsky Orchestra under the direction of maestro Valery Gergiev will perform a program that includes the U.S. premise of a new work by Matthias Pintscher, co-produced by CPA and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival for Rite 100. During the October 30 performance, the orchestra will perform The Rite of Spring.

Reassessing the Rite is held in conjunction with a thematically related conference at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory in May 2013. The proceedings of the two symposia will offer material for a book edited by Maureen Carr, a leading scholar specializing in Stravinsky’s compositional methods, Gretchen Horlacher, a cutting-edge analyst of Stravinsky’s music, and UNC Distinguished Professors Severine Neff and John Nádas.

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