Sunday 15 May 2016, 7.30pmRoyal Festival Hall, London

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Esa-Pekka Salonen conductor

Karole Armitage choreographer

Armitage Gone! Dance

Clifton Taylor lighting designer

Megumi Eda dancer

Ahmaud Culver dancer

William Isaac dancer

Cristian Laverde Koenig dancer

Isabela Szylinska dancer

Emily Wagner dancer

Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments, 1947 revision

Stravinsky Agon


Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Across his creative life Stravinsky was continually exploring new ways of presenting ritual through music in order to make it relevant to his own time. Most famously in The Rite of Spring, premièred on the eve of the First World War, the listener is confronted with a powerful and frightening spectacle of human sacrifice. The later, abstract ceremonies of the Symphonies of Wind Instruments and Agon – each written, respectively, after each of the two world wars – reflect poignantly on personal and collective loss with Agon here imagined with dynamic choreography by 'punk ballerina' Karole Armitage.

6.30pm, Clore Ballroom: screening of our new documentary Stravinsky's Journeys. Free admission.

In co-production with the Armitage Foundation and Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

This concert will be recorded by BBC Radio 3 and broadcast on 16 May 2016

This concert is part of the Stravinsky: Myths & Rituals series

Stravinsky: Myths and Rituals series is supported by Vincent Meyer and the Philharmonia Orchestra