Le Sacre du Printemps & More
The Washington Post has recognized our upcoming concert as the “most perilous” performance of the spring in the Spring Arts Preview. The recognition is based on our daring program and use of live music throughout the concert.
The late Eric Hampton’s Beethoven’s Bits is followed by Lucy Bowen McCauley’s ReSuitened, which premiered to rave reviews at the 2011 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. The choreography is set to a new arrangement of Bach suites which will be performed by NSO cellist Yvonne Caruthers.
McCauley’s Ozone, inspired by Rita Dove‘s poem and with live music by composer Larry Alan Smith, features Ms. Dove reciting her poem and live musical accompaniment by Janet Arms (flute), Barbara Paterson (soprano), and Yvonne Caruthers (cello). Ms. Dove was recently awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Obama.
The program caps off with the world premiere performance of McCauley’s Le Sacre du Printemps–a quatre mains (The Rite of Spring), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s 1913 seminal work. This ensemble work, featuring an original set designed by Tony Cisek, will be accompanied by a live performance by Fabio and Gisele Witkowski of the four-hand piano version of the score.
Performance Timing: Act I – 24 min., Act II – 25 min.; Act III – 35 min., with two 10-min. intermissions