Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage

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Date(s) - 29 May 2013
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Robert Blackwood Hall, Building 2


Academy of Performing Arts 

presentsRites of Passage

Rites of Passage

Tamil Rogeon New Work (World Premiere)
Britten Sinfonia da Requiem Op.20
Stravinsky Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring)

Fabian Russell conductor
Monash Academy Orchestra

On 29 May 1913 the world of 20th century music changed forever with the premier of Le Sacre du Printemps. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. On that first night at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the avant-garde nature of the music and choreography caused a near-riot in the audience. It was recorded that the conductor on that opening night, Pierre Monteux, believed that the trouble began when two factions in the audience began attacking each other, but their mutual anger was soon diverted towards the orchestra: ‘Everything available was tossed in our direction, but we continued to play on’. Around forty of the offenders were ejected, either by the police or by the management. Through all the disturbances the performance continued without interruption. Maybe this was the genesis of the theatre maxim ‘the show must go on’!

We continue the theme of premieres with a new work by Melbourne composer Tamil Rogeon. Tamil, also a violinist and producer, has trained and performed extensively in New York City’s jazz and club scene. His orchestral work 24 Hours in Lapa premiered in October 2012 for the Melbourne Festival.

And finally, yet another major celebration – 2013 is the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, is a symphony written by Britten in 1940 at the age of 26. It was one of several works commissioned from different composers by the Japanese government to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire (taken to be 11 February 660 BCE).

Tickets: FREE. Book your tickets at monash.edu/mapa or phone 9905 1111. The performance runs for approximately ninety-five minutes including an interval