The Stravinsky Project

Stravinsky’s Russian Accent

Friday, April 8, 2011, 8:00 p.m
Music Center at Strathmore.

Rediscover the music that changed everything, shocking audiences of the early 20th century and continuing to shape the course of the art through the 1960s. In this program you will hear Stravinsky’s searing Les Noces, written for chorus, pianos and percussion and the Russian folk wedding songs that inspired the piece; his explosive Concerto for Piano and Winds and Symphonies for Wind Instruments, which inaugurated his neo-classical period.

Stravinsky: Concerto for Piano and Winds
Stravinsky: Symphonies for Wind Instruments
Stravinsky: Danse Sacrale from The Rite of Spring, arranged for four pianos and percussion (D.C. premiere)
Stravinsky: Les Noces

Alexander Toradze, piano
George Vatchnadze, piano
Genadi Zagor, piano
Vakhtang Kodanashvili, piano
Edisher Savitski, piano
The Washington Bach Consort (J. Reilly Lewis, Founder & Music Director)
Angel Gil-Ordóñez, conductor

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Listen to WETA’s radio interview of Angel Gil-Ordóñez and Joseph Horowitz about the Stravinsky Project, recorded on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 as part of the Classical Conversations

The Stravinsky Project is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the D.C. Commission for the Arts and Humanities.

Stravinsky Remixed & Stravinsky and the Theater

Friday, April 8, 2011, 1:15–5:30 p.m.
McNeir Hall at Georgetown University.

Georgetown University’s multimedia Friday Music Series launches the festival with two innovative adaptations of Stravinsky’s music for ballet. Apex Winds, comprised of members of the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra, United States Marine Band and the Richmond Symphony Orchestra, introduce a new woodwind quintet arrangement of Stravinsky’s groundbreaking The Rite of Spring. Husband and wife duo Ralitza Patcheva, piano and Vasily Popov, cello, perform the lyrical Suite Italienne (after Pulcinella).

At 2:30, join Professors Mitchell Morris (UCLA), Robynn Stilwell (Georgetown University) and Jann Pasler (UCSD) for an afternoon symposium examining Stravinsky as a theatrical artist and his tradition of reusing and repurposing old material — both his own and others’ — in inventive ways.

Stravinsky on Film

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 1:00–6:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art.

The National Gallery of Art hosts two film biographies — Tony Palmer’s Stravinsky: Once at a Border and Richard Leacock’s A Stravinsky Portrait (D.C. premiere) — with commentary and a live piano performance by Alexander Toradze.

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Stravinsky and the Piano

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
Music Center at Strathmore.

Three great Russian pianists — Alexander Toradze, George Vatchnadze, and Genadi Zagor — reveal the soul of Stravinsky’s music in this chronological survey of the composer’s works for piano, including his two-piano arrangement of The Rite of Spring, the Washington-area premiere of Scherzo from the Sonata in F Sharp Minor, Tango, Piano Sonata, Concerto for Two Solo Pianos and an improvisation that references each of the works. Host Joseph Horowitz is your guide, offering informed and witty commentary.

Join the artists for a free post-concert discussion moderated by Joseph Horowitz.

Interpreting Stravinsky

Sunday, April 10, 2011, noon to 3:45 p.m.
Mansion at Strathmore.

Hosted by Joseph Horowitz, this event includes three parts:

1. The Stravinsky Odyssey: films and photographs by Katya Chilingiri. One-day only exhibition of photographs documenting Stravinsky’s odyssey from Russia to Switzerland to France to California, along with Chilingiri’s filmed interviews with his descendants. Chilingiri will offer a guided tour, followed by discussion.

2. Rex Lawson performs Stravinsky’s final pianola version of Les Noces (American premiere) in a rarely heard version for solo pianola (mechanical piano) created by the composer.

3. Using archival recordings, film, and music in live performance, pianists Alexander Toradze, George Vatchnadze, and Genadi Zagor take issue with Stravinsky.

The Getty Foundation
The Washington Ballet
Washington National Cathedral
WWFM The Classical Network
Edlavitch DCJCC
American University
Artmentor Foundation
Graham Holdings
Washington Performing Arts
Georgetown DPA
Indonesian Embassy
national gallery