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Rite of Spring


The Kennett Symphony presents Stravinsky’s masterpiece the Rite of Spring, under the baton of Maestra Mary Woodmansee Green. Harpist Janet Witman will open with Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances.

The performances take place at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester on Saturday, April 9, at 3pm and 8pm.

As part of its annual “Meet the Music” series, Green and members of the Kennett Symphony will introduce and then perform Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, the third and most revolutionary of the ballet scores Stravinsky composed for the legendary impresario Serge Diaghilev. Written between 1911 and 1913, the ballet’s premiere was given on May 29, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky.

While the ballet has been revived and re-choreographed from time to time, The Rite of Spring has really belonged to the orchestra, not to the world of dance, since that first concert performance in 1914. Many of today’s listeners were introduced to this music through the Walt Disney film Fantasia, and responded to its vitality, mystique and powerful momentum.

For tickets or information, call 610-444-6363 or visit www.kennettsymphony.org. Student and group discounts are also available by calling the Symphony office.

This concert is sponsored in part by Herr”s.