On Saturday 14th September, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra presents The Rite of Spring for the first time in Malta, where 104 musicians shall perform Stravinsky’s revolutionary work under the baton of Sergey Smbatyan, recently appointed MPO Principal Conductor.
Commissioned by Diaghilev, the composition describes a pagan ritual where a virgin dances herself to death. The riots that ensued on the ballet’s premiere night in the theatre were a reaction to Stravinsky’s jarring rhythms and complex innovations, Nijinsky’s exotic choreography and Roerich’s bizarre settings.
The programme also features soloist Alexei Volodin interpreting the contrastingly lyrical Piano Concerto No.2 by Rachmaninoff. The concert is preceded by a pre-concert talk at 7.15 pm delivered by Janica Buhagiar, Curator of Phoenician and Roman sites, and Ruben Zahra, composer and promoter of contemporary music.
During the concert, patrons can also book their MPO Membership and support the orchestra’s 19/20 Concert Season, entitled Movements of Passion. The revamped scheme, divided into two tiers, offers tickets at €1 and other benefits, including exclusive parking, for concerts organized by the MPO. Proceeds from the €10 Loyalty Scheme are in aid of the Malta Community Chest Fund Foundation.
The concert will take place at the Mediterranean Conference Centre at 8.00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online or from the MCC’s box office.
More information may be obtained from the MPO’s website.