We have now come to the fourth concert of the season in the series Music On Park Avenue at Scandinavia House in New York City.
Thursday January 31, at 8pm
I talk about the program at 7.15pm. Concert ends around 9-ish.
This will be quite a special concert: two Steinway grand pianos will be on stage, and I know many of you in the audience have wanted this for some time now!
First we will play Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, a piece of such incredible beauty.
After that, to one of the most important and exciting works in the history of music: Le Sacre de Printemps, or in English, Rite of Spring.
Here are Stravinsky’s own words: “The first bars of the prelude… at once evoked derisive laughter. I was disgusted. These demonstrations, at first isolated, soon became general, provoking counter-demonstrations and very quickly developing into a terrific uproar.”
At the end of the performance, Stravinsky became fearful for his safety, prompting him to crawl through a dressing-room window into the anonymity of the street crowd.
Here you can listen to a musicologist talking on National Public Radio about “Le Sacre”.
We will finish with the ever wonderful “Nutcracker” suite by Tchaikovsky.
Welcome all New Yorkers!