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Even after a century, Igor Stravinsky’s ground-breaking music still resonates, thrills and inspires. Through special events, panel discussions, conversations with Music Director Grant Llewellyn and North Carolina Symphony musicians, plus epic concerts, we will explore The Rite of Spring - one of the most influential musical works of all time - to increase awareness
of how music, art and literature can provide a tool for examining culture more deeply.

As we work to build a more profound understanding of how music and culture mirror our society, Explorations, and our
other initiatives, help highlight the Symphony’s dual mission of statewide service and music education.





SOUNDBITES AT THE PUB @ HUMBLE PIE
Monday, May 13 | 6pm dinner service, concert to follow
Humble Pie, Raleigh
A delicious meal at Humble Pie in Raleigh will be followed by a talk by Dr. J. Mark Scearce of North Carolina State University, and evocative music that will herald The Rite of Spring concerts the following weekend. The cost for the meal and the music is $65 per person. Tickets can be purchased here.

MENU
First Course (choice of one)
     Asparagus soup with goat cheese crostini
     Arugula, avocado, bruleed ruby red grapefruit w/ yogurt mint vinaigrette
     Fried green tomato with pimento cheese and pickled mustard sauce

Second Course (choice of one)

     Pork tenderloin with Pernod dijon sauce, caramelized fennel and Yukon gold puree
     Lamb Chop with asparagus, romesco and peas
     Scallops with cauliflower puree, pesto and hazelnuts
     Fregola with tomatoes, mushrooms, mint and goat cheese

Dessert Course
     Rum Raisin Bread Pudding

This Soundbites performance is made possible in part by the Hulka Ensemble and Chamber Music Programs Fund of the North Carolina Symphony.


Free Event
CONCERT PREVIEW TALK WITH GRANT LLEWELLYN
Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30pm
Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh
Music Director Grant Llewellyn says that the sonic impact of Igor Stravinsky’s score is unprecedented. He will share his ideas on what makes Stravinsky’s immortal work as he puts it, “still fresh … still challenging ... still shocking.”


Students Free
OPEN ORCHESTRA REHEARSAL
Thursday, May 16 | 10am-12:30pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
Rehearsal includes student Q&A featuring Music Director Grant Llewellyn. Often used to illustrate musical texture, part of The Rite is included in the repertoire in this year’s education concerts as well. As Maestro Llewellyn puts it, “It just fires the imagination.” Teachers and their students interested in attending should call 919.733.2750.


Concert
THE RITE OF SPRING CENTENNIAL

Thursday, May 16 | 8pm
Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

Enjoy these free pre and post-concert offerings:

     PRE-CONCERT LECTURE | 7pm
     Gerrard Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
     With Dr. Letitia Glozer, UNC-Chapel Hill

     POST-CONCERT Q&A PANEL
     Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
     Featuring Music Director Grant Llewellyn and Principal Bassoon John Pederson.


Concert
THE RITE OF SPRING CENTENNIAL

Friday, May 17 | 8pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Enjoy these free pre and post-concert offerings:

     PRE-CONCERT LECTURE | 7pm
     West Pavilion, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
     With Dr. J. Mark Scearce, North Carolina State University

     POST CONCERT Q&A PANEL
     Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
     Featuring Music Director Grant Llewellyn, Principal Bassoon John Pederson and Dr. J. Mark Scearce, North Carolina State   
     University


Concert
THE RITE OF SPRING CENTENNIAL

Saturday, May 18 | 8pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Enjoy these free pre and post-concert offerings:

     MEET THE ARTISTS | 6:30pm
     West Pavilion, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
     Featuring Music Director Grant Llewellyn, Principal Bassoon John Pederson and WUNC-FM host Catherine Brand

     POST CONCERT Q&A PANEL
     Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
     Featuring Music Director Grant Llewellyn and Principal Bassoon John Pederson





TO LEARN MORE:

View a feature article by Dr. J. Mark Scearce of North Carolina State University about The Rite of Spring that originally appeared in Opus Magazine, titled “A Chord that Led to the Riot of the Rite.”

Read program notes from Dr. Richard Rodda about The Rite, and the other works being performed in the May 16, 17 and 18 concerts.

Listen to our Raleigh and Chapel Hill radio commercials for The Rite of Spring.

View the Explorations: The Rite of Spring brochure.





THE RITE OF SPRING
Did You Know...


The piece has one of music’s most demanding scores. Parts of The Rite of Spring have almost nothing happening on the downbeat, which gets its name from the downward motion of the conductor’s baton in the first beat of a measure of music.

Stravinsky said that in The Rite he was trying to convey “the surge of spring, the magnificent upsurge of nature reborn.”

After its disastrous debut in 1913, Stravinsky lived to see his work become one of the standards of the classical repertoire.


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