UBC School of Music

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring – UBC Symphony Orchestra

Sat Oct 05 2013 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall

Presented by the UBC School of Music

The UBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates the centennial year of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring with its first performance of this electrifying work. The Rite of Spring is heralded by many as one of the most striking musical works after 1900. This represents a significant milestone in the history of the orchestra programme at UBC to be able to perform this virtuosic tour de force. Of the many unusual instruments called for in the massive score, a bass trumpet has been generously lent to the orchestra by Maestro Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony and will be played by Justin Chiang.

“This isn’t just another piece, this is one of the most difficult works in the orchestral repertoire,” said Jonathan Girard, Conductor of the UBC Symphony Orchestra. “Performing the ‘Rite’ is a tremendous undertaking for any orchestra, and shows the amazing musicianship of these talented students. I couldn’t be more excited to lead them in our first performance of the work here at UBC.” Girard can trace his professional training directly back three generations to Pierre Monteux, who conducted the premiere of The Rite of Spring in Paris in 1913. The orchestra will also be performing two Ravel works, Pavane for a Dead Princess and Mother Goose Suite on the concert.

At this performance, the UBC Orchestra and Choirs will also celebrate the launch of a new commercial recording of Stephen Chatman’s music entitled “Magnificat” released on Centrediscs and distributed by Naxos.

Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte

Ravel Ma mère l’oye: 5 pièces enfantines

This is a FREE event. Tickets are available beginning at Noon on the day of the concert from the Chan Centre Ticket Office.

Sat Oct 5 2013 8pm
Chan Shun Concert Hall