One hundred years ago, the premiere of Igor Stravinsky's ballet, "Rite of Spring," created a riot; the performance was overrun by insulting outbursts, whistling and booing. The audience was so loud, the dancers were unable to hear the music. As a result, the piece and its premiere became known as one of the most controversial works of the century.
Today, "Rite of Spring" has become a favorite of many classical music lovers. Its music is complex, consisting of intricate rhythmic patterns. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Joffrey Ballet Co. revived the piece in February in Los Angeles. Now, a performance is coming to Tiffin.
Margarita Denenburg, who is new this year to Heidelerg University's school of music faculty, and Ohio native Gerald Evans are to perform the piece on two pianos during a program at 8 p.m. Saturday in Brenneman Music Hall on campus.
The version Denenburg and Evans are to perform originally was written by Stravinsky for four hands (one piano) alongside the orchestral version.
"It is still an original work that the pianists split to two pianos which provides a rarely seen look into this famous piece," Denenburg said.
Admission is free.
Heidelberg choir to perform home concert at local church
The Concert Choir at Heidelberg University is to give its home concert at 7 p.m. April 28 at St. Mary Catholic Church. Under the direction of Greg Ramsdell, the concert is themed "Night at the Museum."
In the first gallery, all of the compositions are related to the themes of nature and creation. The second gallery transitions to timeless musical selections related to Nativity and Christmas narratives. The concert concludes with a gallery of compositions that explore human relationships.
Highlighting the program will be compositions by Howard Helvey ("O lux beatissima"), Gwyneth Walker ("I Will Be Earth"), David Conte (A setting of Theodore Roethke's "The Waking"), Eric Whitacre ("Lux aurumque"), David Childs (a setting of Emily Dickinson's "The Moon Is Distant from the Sea"), Irving Berlin ("Blue Skies"), Norman Dello Joio (a setting of the composer's adaption of Christina Rossetti's "Echo") and David Brunner ("Yo le canto todo el dia"). Complementing these compositions will be arrangements of traditional folk songs and spirituals by Mack Wilberg ("The King of Love My Shepherd Is"), Bob Chilcott ("Shenandoah") and Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory ("Go Where I Send Thee").
A special addition to the concert program will be a selection of artwork by members of Tiffin Art Guild, who created paintings, sculptures and glassworks inspired by the texts the Concert Choir will sing. The artwork will be on display in the St. Mary's sanctuary before, during and after the performance.
The concert is free, but an offering is to be taken.