NOV 16 100th Anniversary of Rite of Spring
Saturday, November 16 at 8:00 p.m.
“Almost no musical work has had such a powerful influence or evoked as much controversy as Igor Stravinsky’s ballet score The Rite of Spring. The work’s premiere on May 29, 1913, at the Théatre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, was scandalous.”
—National Public Radio
BMD will perform the piece with accompaniment as it was originally composed, for piano four hands. The piece has been considered the staple of modern dance – angular and abstract – with a score full of harmonic dissonance and syncopated rhythms. “I want people to relate to the full emotional range of the work and the unfolding of events in a less obvious way,” says Artistic Director Lucy Bowen McCauley. This production features set and costume design by award-winning designer Tony Cisek, lighting design by Martha Mountain and the live four-handed piano accompaniment by Fabio and Giselle Witkowski.
Then, after a brief intermission, experience this 14-movement tour de force when Darryl Brenzel conducts his arrangement, The Re-Write of Spring, for the 17-piece Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra (Winner of the 2012 Mayor’s Arts Award.) Comprised of some of the best jazz musicians from throughout D.C., the new BCJO pushes the boundaries of big band repertoire under the direction of Brad Linde and trumpeter Joe Herrera. Relax in the nightclub-like atmosphere of the Community Room with light refreshments.
BMD will be honored at this concert by Virginians for the Arts (VFTA), who will present Lucy Bowen McCauley with the 2013 Dominion ArtStars Shining Star Award. Read more about this recognition.