August 08, 2007
Symphony Silicon Valley adds multi-media exploration of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in 2007-08
Watch for a dynamic and innovative addition to Symphony Silicon Valley's core programming. On June, 7 and 8, 2008, Beyond the Score ® Classical Music Exposed will invite listeners to take an in-depth look at a single masterwork: Stravinsky's brilliant and shocking The Rite of Spring. Performed at the California Theatre, these two concerts will replace the previously scheduled final program of the Symphony's 2007-08 season. Subscribers whose series include those dates will receive tickets to Beyond the Score® The Rite of Spring as part of their regular concert series.
Conceived originally for the Chicago Symphony, Beyond the Score® is ideal not only for classical music aficionados, but also for newcomers who want the excitement of a fresh, multi-media concert format. The first half of the concert uses an actor and narrator, rich visual images, and musical illustrations by the orchestra, all to explore the creative context of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. After intermission, the orchestra performs the full work for listeners who can now bring a fresh and lively understanding to this musical experience.
Maestro Martin West will conduct The Rite of Spring, whose tumultuous premiere in 1913 Paris created one of the biggest scandals in the history of music. It will be performed by 99 musicians and a wide array of instruments – the largest orchestra SSV has ever presented. Listeners will learn why the work created such controversy in the early 20th century, a time of artistic revolution. They will hear examples of the Russian and Lithuanian folk music and folk instruments that Stravinsky loved, and from which he created savage rhythms and harmonies that shattered musical conventions. They will see scenes from the unconventional ballet choreographed by Nijinsky to Stravinsky's score, which propelled its first-night audience into full-scale riot.
Andrew Bales, President of Symphony Silicon Valley, said, "What Beyond the Score® has done is like melding a Ken Burns documentary with a challenging, ground-breaking work by one of our greatest composers." He continued, "Hearing classical music performed live is its own adventure. This program adds theatricality to the concert experience, but keeps the music intact. Many have tried to rethink the concert format. For me, this is the first new approach that really works."
Beyond the Score® was created for the Chicago Symphony by Gerard McBurney, a composer, scholar, writer and broadcaster who for almost 20 years has written and presented hundreds of programs for BBC Radio 2 (the BBC's classical radio station). He is creator of some 30 documentary television films for British and German television. For many years he lectured and taught, first at the London College of Music and then at the Royal Academy of Music, before joining Chicago Symphony as artistic programming advisor.
Symphony Silicon Valley's performances of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring in the Beyond the Score® format will be presented concurrently with the second Zero One Festival, to be celebrated throughout San Jose June 4 though 8, 2008. The Festival focuses on "the intersection of art and technology."
Beyond the Score ® Classical Music Exposed: Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring
Symphony Silicon Valley
Conductor: Martin West
California Theatre, 345 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
June 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm; June 8, 2008 at 2:30 pm
Subscription tickets are available now. Single tickets ($72, $52, $36) will be available from September 4, 2007
For tickets, call (408) 286-2600 ext 23; or visit the Symphony Box Office at 467 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113, open M-F, 10 am – 5 pm.