Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring: UMD Symphony Orchestra

Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring

UMD Symphony Orchestra
Friday, May 8, 2020 . 8PM
Photo by David Andrews

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Famed to have instigated a riot at the 1913 premiere in Paris due to the avant-garde nature of the work, Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring was created to shock and challenge with its jarring, atonal and savage nature. Depicting pagan rituals celebrating the coming of spring, it boldly incorporates elements of Russian folk music in a way that had never been heard before. Now more than a century later, The Rite of Spring has become both masterpiece and urban legend.

Under the baton of new Music Director David Neely, the UMD Symphony Orchestra (UMSO) showcases the orchestral program with uncompromising attention to musical excellence. Pushing the boundaries of the orchestral experience, UMSO presents innovative and electrifying performances of orchestral repertoire both modern and classic.


Lili Boulanger: D’un matin du printemps (Of a Spring Morning)
Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose Suite
Igor Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring