Stravinsky and Mozart both wrote music that positively sparkles and shimmers on the stage and in your ear. Two of the best examples are combined here. Stravinsky orchestratted and arranged some charming dances from the 18th century for his ballet “Puclinella” and Mozart ended his symphonic output with this famous 41st. Its courageous skill and scale have given it the nickname “Jupiter.”
The ASO’s year of Stravinsky comes to an epic conclusion with the most influential musical work of the 20th century. Like Beethoven a century before, no composer after “The Rite of Spring” is free from its influence, whether as an embrace or a reaction; the influence of Stravinsky’s masterpiece is undeniable, as is its percussive and relentless drive. The story of a virgin sacrificing herself to death has captured the imaginations of ballet and music lovers the world over.