On Sunday November 17th at 8pm, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli will lead the Zephyrus Project Orchestra in a performance of RiteNow: A Centennial Celebration of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. This one-time-only performance will take place at Woolsey Hall, 500 College Street (corner of College & Grove), New Haven, CT. Admission is free. Complete info is at www.RiteNowProject.com.
RiteNow will include works by composers Fay Kueen Wang, Justin Tierney, Matthew Welch, Benjamin Wallace, Daniel Schlosberg, Gleb Kanasevich, Polina Nazaykinskaya, and Paul Kerekes. Production designer Solomon Weisbard will create an immersive environmental design, and costumes will be created by Ksenia Zhuleva.
In the wake of its riotous premiere, Igor Stravinsky’s monumental Rite of Spring, became a beacon of inspiration for countless
composers, performers, choreographers, dancers and visual artists. This work stunned listeners with its passion, focus, ingenuity and vehemence. Its influence continues, inspiring these musicians to present RiteNow: a celebration of the centenary of “The Rite’s” infamous premiere.
The Rite of Spring is famous for the way that it is put together – blocks of music, or “tableaux” that bump up right next to one another. RiteNow will celebrate the 100th birthday of Stravinsky’s piece by featuring eight short selections inspired by it. These will then be assembled just like the “tableaux” in the “Rite” into one memorable piece for an orchestra of massive proportions (approximately 120 players).
Praised by composer George Crumb for his “sensitive and insightful interpretation”, conductor Paolo Bortolameolli brings a visual, synthetic and collaborative approach to music that is infused by his fascination for and interplay among the arts. With his passion for connecting the 21st century audience to the concert stage, Mr. Bortolameolli enjoys conducting orchestral music, working with youth orchestras, collaborating with today’s composers and lecturing.
Further information, including composer bios, is available at www.RiteNowProject.com.