The Rite of Spring & Kavakos
Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2023
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A panorama of ancient pagan rituals, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring put modernism squarely on the map. Experience the swaggering and suspenseful ballet score that drove Parisian audiences to riot at its 1913 premiere. Leonidas Kavakos brings an “intense, silken, mercurial” sound (The Guardian) to his rendition of Szymanowski’s folk-inspired Second Violin Concerto. Mussorgsky’s fiery depiction of a witches’ sabbath opens the program.

  • Venue
    Symphony Center
  • Price Range
  • Length
    1 hour 50 minutes
  • Preconcert Conversation
    Stephen Alltop
Thursday, November 16, 2023
7:30 PM
Saturday, November 18, 2023
7:30 PM
Sunday, November 19, 2023
3:00 PM

A Night on Bald Mountain


Violin Concerto No. 2


The Rite of Spring


Enhance your concert experience with this additional event.

Preconcert Conversation

Explore the music in a free preconcert conversation featuring Stephen Alltop in Orchestra Hall 75 minutes before the performance. The talk will last approximately 30 minutes. No additional tickets are needed.


These performances are generously sponsored by the Zell Family Foundation.

The appearance of Leonidas Kavakos is made possible by the Grainger Fund for Excellence.

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