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Orchestra Wellington - Rite of Spring

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  • Sat 2 Dec ’17, 7:30pm – 9:30pm


Michael Fowler Centre, 111 Wakefield Street, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $60.00
  • Adult - Goldcard: $50.00
  • Child: $10.00
  • Student (w/ID): $12.00

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Orchestra Wellington

If we began the year with intimations of greatness, these epoch-de ning works are the culmination. Beethoven’s Third Symphony is where he took the symphonic mould and broke it.

Symphonies would never be the same again after the moment in the first movement where Beethoven drove the orchestra into a series of discords so shocking to contemporary audiences that many of them thought he had gone mad.

And in 1913, Stravinsky produced the crowning work of his triad of ballet masterpieces. The Rite of Spring caused a riot at its Paris premiere. Diaghilev’s annual appearances with the Ballets Russes had primed Paris audiences to expect the unexpected, even to demand it.

But this was beyond anything they had imagined. Exotically primitive melodies, irregular rhythms, brutal harmonies, the orchestra pushed to its technical limits and beyond, not to mention the dancers! Now it is one of the most popular ballets ever, and always a sensation whenever it is performed.

- Beethoven
Symphony No. 3 - In E- At Major (Eroica)

- Stravinsky
The Rite of Spring

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