The Rite of Spring: MPO & Heritage Malta collaboration  

The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra shall be performing Stravinsky’s revolutionary work The Rite of Spring for the first time in Malta on Saturday 14th September at 8.00 pm.

In collaboration with Heritage Malta, a limited number of complimentary tickets are being offered to Senior Passport Holders. In addition, any two accompanying adults may benefit from a 75 percent discount on tickets purchased.

Commissioned by Diaghilev, The Rite of Spring describes a pagan ritual where a virgin dances herself to death. In 1913, the premiere of the ballet caused a scandal. The riots that ensued 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 presents fellow Russian Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 – contrastingly full of lyrical melodies. Often described as the greatest piano concerto ever written, the work is full of dialogue between orchestra and soloist. The concert, part of the MPO 19/20 Season, will be held at the Mediterranean Conference Centre under the direction of the MPO Principal Conductor Sergey Smbatyan whilst featuring pianist Alexei Volodin – acclaimed for his highly sensitive touch and technical brilliance.

The performance shall be preceded by a short pre-concert talk at 7.15 pm delivered by David Cardona, Heritage Malta Senior Curator Phoenician and Roman sites, and Ruben Zahra, composer and promoter of contemporary music.

Interested Senior Passport holders are requested to email Heritage Malta on passport@heritagemalta.org for more information and further details. The offer is valid until the 2nd September and available on a first-come first-served basis.

More information may be obtained from the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Heritage Malta websites.