About Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps:
What begins as a primal celebration of spring soon surges into a frenzy, pushing instruments to the extreme before culminating in a shocking ritual of human sacrifice. Its groundbreaking avant-garde nature caused a riot at the ballet's 1913 premiere. Stravinsky's powerful music continues to thrill audiences more than a century later.
NSO principals on Stravinsky's masterpiece:
"According to Stravinsky, the opening of Le Sacre du printemps represents the awakening of nature. The bassoon starts things off in the high register--a sound unusual enough that many at the first performance couldn't identify the instrument."
--Sue Heineman, NSO principal bassoon
"I'm excited to play Stravinsky`s La Sacre du printemps. It's a brilliant score that re-enacts primitive tribal rituals with dynamic energy and rhythm."
--Steven Hendrickson, NSO principal trumpet
Aaron Goldman, NSO principal flute, on Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2:
"Mozart's Flute Concerto No. 2 is full of life. There are moments of exhilarating brilliance as well as loving, poetic tenderness."
Jennifer Mondie, NSO viola, on the program:
"For years, I've heard stories of how powerful Maestro Eschenbach's interpretation of Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps is from colleagues around the world, even before he was our Music Director. Paired with our own Aaron Goldman playing Mozart's 2nd Flute Concerto No. 2, this concert should be a showcase for the breadth of the symphonic experience."
Alice Weinreb, NSO flute, on the program:
"I'm very excited that our principal flutist Aaron Goldman will be performing Mozart's delightful 2nd Flute Concerto. He's a wonderful flutist with a gorgeous sound. We're also playing Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps, which never fails to amaze me with its exotic sounds and compelling rhythms. It will knock you off your seat!"
Performance Timing: Part One - 37 min.; Intermission - 15 min.; Part Two - 35 min.
Program and Notes
- Lera Auerbach
- Eterniday - Homage to W.A. Mozart
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David and Alice Rubenstein are the Presenting Underwriters of the NSO.
The NSO Music Director Chair is generously endowed by Roger and Vicki Sant.
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