That’s what they’re doing on the work’s centenary, May 29, on Q2 Music, the contemporary classical online station of WQXR.
I might take the day off. Press release below.
“The Rite of Spring” performed by the Béjart Ballet Lausanne. (Photo by Francette Levieux)
Rite of Spring Fever:
A Q2 Music Centennial Marathon
24 hours of recordings of The Rite of Spring,
including a live solo piano performance by Vicky Chow from The Greene Space
Co-presented by WNYC’s Soundcheck and Q2 Music
Curated and hosted by Phil Kline
Wednesday, May 29th, 12:01AM to 11:59PM
(New York, NY—May 14, 2013) Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring is perhaps the most revolutionary, provocative and influential work of the last 100 years. The story of its Paris premiere is one for the history books, but despite its infamous start, the work is now regarded as one of the most important of the 20th Century, and continues to inspire to this day.
On WEDNESDAY, MAY 29th, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of The Rite of Spring, Q2 Music, the contemporary classical online station of WQXR, will present “RITE OF SPRING FEVER”—a 24-hour marathon of contrasting interpretations of this Stravinsky masterwork.
Hosted and curated by composer PHIL KLINE, the marathon will give listeners extended exposure to a work that the first audience could not tolerate. The line-up will include powerhouse legendary recordings (Pierre Boulez with Cleveland Orchestra, 1969), historical interpretations (Leonard Bernstein with New York Philharmonic, 1958), captivating alternative arrangements (Stravinsky’s own player piano roll), Kline’s personal favorites, and submissions by listeners.
The centerpiece of the festival is a live rendition by acclaimed pianist Vicky Chow (of Bang on a Can All Stars) from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at 7pm in front of a studio audience. Co-presented by WNYC’s Soundcheck and Q2 Music, “THE RITE OF SPRING GOES SOLO: No orchestra, no ballet, just piano,” features Chow performing her solo piano arrangement that combines two earlier versions with contemporary flair. John Schaefer will host, and he will be joined by WNYC’s Sara Fishko, producer of “Culture Shock: 1913,” a radio documentary about controversial cultural events that occurred that year around the world, including The Rite of Spring premiere. Tickets may be purchased at www.thegreenespace.org.
“It occurred to me that I may have thought about The Rite of Spring, if only fleetingly, at least once every day since I first heard it at the age of four,” said host and curator PHIL KLINE. “It is an incredibly fun listen– every section and every soloist has amazing things to do—and what better way to celebrate this work than by sharing with listeners different recordings of it.”
Sprinkled between selections will be remembrances and insights from musicians, composers and WQXR and WNYC personalities about the first time they heard the work and their impressions as to why the piece continues to exert such sway over the public imagination, including: trend-setting musician-composers Dan Deacon, Zoe Keating and Owen Pallett; 2012 MacArthur Fellow Claire Chase,Pulitzer Prize-winning composers Steve Reich and David Lang; celebrated conductors Robert Spano and Alan Pierson. The marathon celebration also features an in-depth, deep-dive immersion into this 20th century masterwork hosted by Phil Kline with special guest, conductor, New York City Opera General Manager and Stravinsky obsessive, George Steel.