Saturday, March 22, 2014
When Igor Stravinsky's (right) "The Rite of Spring" was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the avant-garde work was so shocking that it caused a riot. Now we recognize it as one of the greatest classical compositions of the 20th century. Leonard Bernstein, in fact, called it the century's most important piece of music. One century later, it still sounds startling, bold and modern. Above, the New England Conservatory Philharmonia performed this masterpiece under director Hugh Wolff in Boston on April 24, 2013.