While the audience at its 1913 Paris premiere was reportedly scandalized more by Sergei Diaghilev’s choreography than by Igor Stravinsky’s “cruel harmonies and stimulating rhythms” (as attendee Edgard Varèse praised it), The Rite of Spring went on to become 20th-century classical music’s “Stairway to Heaven.” Arrangements for solo piano, two pianos, two pianos plus percussion, four-handed piano, five pianos, and piano roll have all been programmed during its centennial year. Tonight, however, features a performance of the Rite’s rarely heard Seann Alderking arrangement for four pianos and percussion, performed in the round by members of the SONOS Chamber Orchestra. Pianist Jenny Lin’s solo version of “Scenes from Firebird” and Stephanie Ho and Saar Ahuvia’s two-piano “Scenes from Petrouchka” open the evening.
Thu., June 13, 7:30 p.m., 2013
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on June 12, 2013