Why See Seattle Symphony - Stravinsky Persephone?
Some of Igor Stravinsky's rarest gems, including the composer's personal favorite, are on show in this program that runs the gamut from Russian barge haulers to one of the most enduring characters in Greek mythology, displaying the eclectic nature of his influences and the magic he cast over them.
With a wide variety of performers including soloists, singers and dancers, puppetry and the contribution of three choirs alongside the Seattle Symphony and led by Ludovic Morlot, enjoy this fine presentation of some of the deepest cuts from the composer's storied and celebrated career.
Song of the Volga Boatmen
Taken from a traditional Russian song sung by the boatmen who hauled brages along the Volga river, Stravinsky's orchestration captures the spirit and hardship of the task and the men who performed it day after day.
Concerto for Piano and Wind Instruments
Composed for himself, Stravinsky retained the rights to this concerto for many years, preferring to play it himself in public where possible.
Evoking the anxiety and duty of a wedding and focusing on the bride, this highly original work was said to be Stravinsky's favorite of all his works.
A narrated work that follows the story of Persephone, her kidnapping to the Underworld and eventual role as its princess, Stravinsky breathes fresh life into this popular and dramatic Greek myth.
Opening night: 26 April 2018
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