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Celebrating 100th Anniversary of ‘The Rite of Spring’

7 pm TONIGHT on WILL-FM: The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave: First-hand recollections of the famous first night.

Dancers perform "Rite of Spring" ballet

Wednesday, May 29, is the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring, which caused one of the most sensational scandals in artistic history with its premiere in Paris.

WILL-FM celebrates the work's centennial with a new documentary, The Rite of Spring: The 100-Year Shockwave, on The Evening Concert at 7 pm Wednesday, May 29.

The program features first-hand recollections of the famous first night from Dame Marie Rambert, one of the dancers, and Igor Stravinsky, who was in the audience. It also includes stories surrounding the Berlin premiere in 1923 and the 50th anniversary performance in London, as well as comments on the work's enduring power from major artists of today including dancer Dame Monica Mason and conductors Sir Colin Davis and Valery Gergiev.