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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads his forces through a vibrant opening-weekend performance of Stravinsky, Stucky and Ravel on Sept. 30, 2012.

October 1, 2012 Hear Stravinsky's iconic Rite Of Spring and a world premiere conducted by Gustavo Dudamel.

Kent Nagano leads the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in an ambitious program that traces the arc of the symphonic tradition.

May 14, 2011 Hear the venerable orchestra trace the arc of the symphony from the Renaissance to modern times.

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July 18, 2008 In a re-imagining of Stravinsky's work, sounds from live instruments were torn apart by laptops.

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March 23, 2007 Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, with its whiplash rhythms, continues to thrill audiences.

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At age 21, Russian Daniil Trifonov is making a huge impression in the piano world.

February 6, 2013 After winning two major competitions, the 21-year-old Russian is reaching for piano perfection.

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Interviews & Profiles

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts the San Francisco Symphony.

May 29, 2013 Michael Tilson Thomas guides us through the infamous Rite of Spring premiere and its longevity.

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After his shocking ballet, The Rite of Spring, Igor Stravinsky branched out in surprising directions.

May 24, 2013 The composer's broad range of styles ushered in trends far from the violence of his iconic ballet.

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Conductor Gustavo Dudamel and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

September 28, 2012 One of today's hottest conductors talks about a piece that's integral to his musical life.

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Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane is the son of jazz icons John and Alice Coltrane. His new album Spirit Fiction was released June 19.

July 19, 2012 Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (son of John and Alice) recalls a childhood filled with symphonic music.

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The music Stravinsky wrote for the ballet Petrushka is layered with ideas of the real and the artificial.

May 28, 2009 Commentator Rob Kapilow uncovers the genius beneath the layers of Stravinsky's great ballet.

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March 17, 2009 Just in time for the vernal equinox, hear a recording of the Rite that roars like thunder.

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March 21, 2008 The composer's ballet has been called "one of the most daring creations of the modern musical mind."

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November 23, 2007 Miles Hoffman suggests a musical diet to counteract the bloated symphonies of Mahler and Bruckner.

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October 12, 2007 Alex Ross' book The Rest Is Noise chronicles classical music in the 20th century.

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March 23, 2007 Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, with its whiplash rhythms, continues to thrill audiences.

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March 17, 2009 Just in time for the vernal equinox, hear a recording of the Rite that roars like thunder.

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News

An image from the 2013 production of Le Sacre du Printemps by the Joffrey Ballet, Chicago, reflects the hard jumps and stamps of Vaslav Nijinsky's original choreography.

May 25, 2013 The ballet premiered in 1913, provoking a response just as striking as the music and dance.

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Vaslav Nijinsky danced the title role in Stravinsky's ballet Petrushka, which premiered 100 years ago today.

June 13, 2011 The young Russian composer's second ballet cemented his reputation as a new, unique force in music.

The young Prokofiev: Did Congress inadvertently make his music much harder to hear live?

June 9, 2011 One conductor's fight for 20th century music is going all the way to the nation's highest court.

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January 1, 2008 In The Rest Is Noise, critic Alex Ross explores the richness of modern music.

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Reviews

Pierre Boulez

May 24, 2010 New releases on CD and DVD mark the 85th birthday of the famed composer and conductor.

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March 24, 2007 Igor Stravinsky's explosive Rite of Spring pushed the modern orchestra to its limits.

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Igor Stravinsky conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra in rehearsal at the Royal Festival Hall, London.

December 24, 2000 Igor Stravinsky wrote Symphony of Psalms in 1929 for the 50th anniversary of the Boston Symphony.

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Filmmaker Prashant Bhargava and jazz musician Vijay Iyer's project Radhe Radhe: a visually and sonically dazzling collaboration.

May 28, 2013 Composer/pianist Vijay Iyer and filmmaker Prashant Bhargava transport Stravinsky's ideas to India.

Stephen Malinowski's "visualized" Rite of Spring.

May 27, 2013 The animator of Bjork's Biophilia has created an illuminating path into Stravinsky's music.

Flutist Hubert Laws is one of many jazz artists to have recorded an adaptation of themes from The Rite of Spring.

May 26, 2013 Whether covered, quoted or praised, Stravinsky's ballet has inspired generations of improvisers.

The Bad Plus' new album, The Rite of Spring, comes out March 25.

March 16, 2014 A jazz trio plays the score to a noisy, 101-year-old fever dream of a ballet.

A still from Ann Robideaux' choreography for the last minute of The Rite of Spring.

May 29, 2013 Check out our favorite videos from our Rite of Spring call — ranging from beautiful to nutty.

Leonard Bernstein leads the London Symphony Orchestra. He called Stravinsky's famously savage Rite of Spring "extremely tuneful and dancy, rhythmically seductive, beguiling."

May 25, 2013 Watch the conductor take flight leading the London Symphony in Stravinsky's iconic score.

Don't be caught "Stravinsky deficient" as the big centennial of his Rite of Spring approaches.

May 24, 2013 Get a crash course in Stravinsky as the 100th anniversary of his iconic Rite of Spring approaches.

Cartoon by Pablo Helguera.

May 24, 2013 Fridays are funner with a classical cartoon at noon from Deceptive Cadence.

Elementary school students in Maplewood, N.J. prepare to enact their own Rite.

May 23, 2013 We've gotten some really great, funny and creative entries so far — and we need yours by May 28.

It's fun to stay at the ИМКА: Stravinsky's ballet The Rite of Spring triggered an uproar at its world premiere in Paris a century ago. Now we're asking you to help celebrate the centennial by creating a dance of your own.

May 23, 2013 We're inviting you to create your own video using the last minute of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring.

Exercise your 'rite' to vote.

November 2, 2012 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

London cabbies beat out Stravinsky's time.

May 17, 2012 A video primer on one of classical music's quirkiest rhythms, courtesy of the London Symphony.

Dmitri Shostakovich topped our informal "who's the most badass composer" poll.

June 27, 2011 An idle query on Twitter ignites a fun debate.

The Bad Plus plays its take on The Rite of Spring at Duke Performances, backed by a multimedia backdrop created by architect Cristina Guadalupe and filmmaker Noah Hutton.

April 29, 2011 The Bad Plus isn't the only piano trio to have recorded parts of The Rite of Spring.

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The original Rite of Spring.

March 18, 2011 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, on Deceptive Cadence.

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October 24, 2008 The Halloween candy might be sweet, but not these timless creepy classics.

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November 21, 2007 Critic Alex Ross chooses five classics from the 20th century that pop-music fans should hear.

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