The Rite of Spring & Kavakos

Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2023


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.


St. John’s Night on the Bare Mountain


Violin Concerto No. 2


The Rite of Spring


Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau [Nov 16 Encore]
Leonidas Kavakos violin


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Preconcert Dining

Enhance your concert experience by dining at Forte featuring contemporary Mediterranean cuisine or the Thomas Club featuring traditional American fare. Learn more »

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.

Kavakos Plays Beethoven

Recognized worldwide as an artist of superb musicianship and integrity, Leonidas Kavakos brings his customary rich sound to the works of Beethoven, including the monumental Concerto in D Major, in this recent album on Sony Classical. Available for a limited time at the Symphony Store.

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