The Rite of Spring


Thursday 29th November 2018

The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester

Tickets from £14; Under 30s and £5.50 student discount available (including booking fees)

Concert begins at 7.30pm
Approximate finishing time 9.15pm

Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)
Satie - Parade
Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

Sir Mark Elder

Sir Mark conducts three highly contrasting masterpieces, all composed within just eighteen years of each other and each in its own way hugely influential. Verklärte Nacht is one of the blazing masterpieces of the Romantic era, a highly melodious affair for string orchestra that expresses Schoenberg’s love for his future wife. Satie’s surreal ballet score Parade is bizarre in the best possible way: its instrumentation includes gun shots, sirens and a typewriter! Pierre Boulez described Stravinsky’s unleashing of his The Rite of Spring upon a scandalised Parisian public in 1913 as ‘an exemplary moment of modernity’. Over one hundred years later, the composer’s extraordinary evocation of pagan fertility rites fully retains its ability to rouse, to excite and to shock.

(Image credit: Benjamin Ealovega)

Pre-concert event 6:30pmin The Bridgewater Hall auditorium, free to concert ticket holders

Pianist, writer and broadcaster, Peter Hill introduces the evening’s programme focussing on Stravinsky’s extraordinary Rite of Spring

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