Stravinsky: Real & Imagined

featuring On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Arranged and Performed by The Bad Plus

presented by Jazz St. Louis & STL Symphony Community Partnerships

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FREE Concert | October 3, 2013

at the Skip Viragh Center for the Arts on the campus of Chaminade College Preparatory School.


“The Bad Plus have succeeded in turning a monolithic 20th century ballet score into a 21st century masterpiece.” Jazz Police

Take a guided tour through the evolution of Igor Stravinsky’s music with chamber pieces performed by musicians of the St. Louis Symphony followed by a performance of On Sacred Ground, The Bad Plus’s ferocious re-scoring of Stravinsky’s iconic work, The Rite of Spring.

Co-commissioned by Duke Performances and Lincoln Center, On Sacred Ground: Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring was met with immediate and widespread critical acclaim. Not interested in using “The Rite” simply as a vehicle for improvisation, the trio engaged in a rigorous study of the original composition before beginning to craft their own interpretation. The brilliant, multi-media transformation proves there are still vital lessons to be learned from the piece that caused a riot at its Paris premiere nearly 100 years ago.

Jazz St. Louis and STL Symphony Community Partnerships are proud to offer this unique collaborative performance of Stravinsky’s compositions for FREE to the St. Louis community in supporting the Symphony’s mission to enrich people’s lives through the power of music and Jazz St. Louis’s mission to advance the uniquely American art of jazz through live performance, education, and outreach. This community concert follows four days of educational activities with The Bad Plus as a part of Jazz St. Louis’s Artist Residency program (see page 38 for more information).

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