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The University of Melbourne Symphony Orchestra: Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

May 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is one of the most important pieces of music of the 20th Century. 

However, in 1913, audiences (not accustomed to hearing such dissonant and paganistic music) rioted at the world premiere, rather than listen. Full of ritualistic and frenzied dances, it ends with “The Chosen One” dancing to her death, to appease the God of Spring. Afterwards, Puccini stated that The Rite of Spring was “the work of a madman” and Saint-Saëns declared (and referring to the opening high bassoon solo) “if that’s a bassoon then I’m a baboon”. Jonathan Cross now suggests that the infamous riot occurred at the second performance, not the world premiere, and may have been a carefully orchestrated (and very successful) publicity stunt by Sergei Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russes.

The world premiere of Barry Conyngham’s Full Moon (scored for two orchestras) will open this University of Melbourne concert, after which they will be joined by Richard Narroway, to perform Elgar’s divine Cello Concerto.

Sunday 12 May 5:00 PM, Running Time1 hour 45 minutes
Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
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May 12
5:00 pm - 6:45 pm


Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, The University of Melbourne
03-9035 9309
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Arts Centre Melbourne, Hamer Hall
Melbourne, Australia + Google Map
1300 182 183