Salonen Conducts Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

Mar 2

8:00 PM

Debussy, Adams, Stravinsky

Thursday, March 2, 2017

“The shock waves produced by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s full-metal performance of The Rite of Spring proved that Stravinsky’s epoch-making ballet can still pack a seismic wallop” (Chicago Classical Review). Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in Stravinsky’s pioneering masterpiece in a program that also celebrates John Adams’ 70th birthday with Scheherazade.2, performed by violinist Leila Josefowicz.

Enjoy a Q&A with the artists after all Tuesday CSO concerts.

Note for the Newcomer: At The Rite of Spring's premiere, the audience found the music completely outrageous and a riot broke out. Despite catcalls, extreme noise and even fistfights, the ballet continued on to the end. An audience member later commented, "[The theater] seemed to be shaken by an earthquake."


Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
John Adams Scheherazade.2
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Preconcert Conversation Information

Preconcert conversation with Tim Munro
30 minute run-time

Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Saturday, March 4, 7 p.m. Grainger Ballroom
Tuesday, March 7, 6:30 p.m. Grainger Ballroom

Additional Dates for this Program

Leila Josefowicz calls John Adams' Scheherazade.2 "truly so different than any other piece written for violin, much less by him. ... This is a huge statement. ... I think it will be an anthem for those who will listen." Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories

This season, the classical music world is celebrating the 70th birthday of American composer John Adams with programs of his works and other special events. To that end, guest conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra will perform Adams’ Scheherazade.2, on March 2, 4 and 7. On March 9-11, Salonen and the orchestra will offer Adams’ Slonimsky’s Earbox. Finally, on March 12, the Burnham Chamber Ensemble, consisting of CSO members, will play Adams' string quartet John’s Book of Alleged Dances. In an interview shortly before his birthday last month, Adams spoke about turning 70, his new opera and the works that will be heard in Chicago. Read more at CSO Sounds & Stories


These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

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