It's still only about halfway through the current orchestral season, but the St. Louis Symphony believes in planning ahead. And so, late last week, the orchestra announced its offerings for the 2011-12 season, which kicks off in mid-September.
|David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony will be back for another season.|
This year marks the centennial of Ballets Russes, the legendary dance company founded by Sergei Diaghilev and which featured the great dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. (Their relationship was kind of like Vincent Cassel and Natalie Portman's in Black Swan, only when Nijinsky went crazy, he believed he was a horse, not a bird.) The St. Louis Symphony plans to honor the Ballets Russes with a series of dance performances, including one to The Rite of Spring, composed by Igor Stravinsky, which the Ballets Russes troupe premiered in Paris in 1913.
According to legend, the Parisians were shocked by The Rite of Spring's radical modernism and showed their displeasure by rioting.
That probably won't happen when the Symphony performs The Rite of Spring to open its season on September 16, though a riot at Powell Hall would certainly be newsworthy.More »