WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Berkshire Symphony, in collaboration with the departments of Music, Dance, and Theatre at Williams College, will stage a multifaceted presentation of Igor Stravinsky’s "The Rite of Spring" to celebrate the centennial of this groundbreaking work. The performances will take place at 8 p.m. on March 8, and 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. on March 9 in the MainStage of the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are necessary.
This exploration of "The Rite of Spring" will be in two parts. The first part features a lecture on the history of "The Rite of Spring" with live dance demonstrations by CoDa (Williams College’s Contemporary Dance Ensemble), piano performances, and video clips.
In the second part, Director Ronald Feldman will conduct the Berkshire Symphony in a full performance of "The Rite of Spring."
Stravinsky’s score, which features sections of aggressive and energetic music as well as sections of delicate mystery, became one of the most influential works in the history of European music.
The score launched Stravinsky’s career, and many consider Stravinsky to be the most important European composer of the 20th century. This part of the evening includes a theatrical element directed by David Eppel, Chair and professor of theatre.
The event is sponsored by the departments of Music, Theatre, and Dance with support from Arts at Williams. For info: music.williams.edu..