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2:00 PM

The Rite of Spring

2:00 PM, Verizon Hall
Stéphane Denève - Conductor
Peter Richard Conte - Organ
Didi Balle - Playwright and Director
Milhaud - The Creation of the World
Poulenc - Organ Concerto
INTERMISSION -
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

In this second program, we witness The Creation of the World, courtesy of Frenchman Darius Milhaud, who was energized by the jazz he heard on a visit to Harlem. Francis Poulenc's Organ Concerto is a dazzling showpiece for the marvelous Fred. J. Cooper Memorial Organ. The Rite of Spring—first brought to America by Leopold Stokowski and the Philadelphians— remains a primal, shattering musical masterpiece. Albert Barnes once wrote about the strong link he saw between the works of Henri Matisse and Stravinsky's compositions. This program reveals the intellectual and artistic zeal Barnes and Stokowski shared, which resonates to this day.

 
 

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