The Riot of Spring: A Symposium

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Monday / September 30, 2013 / 6:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street

A panel discussion about the cultural, aesthetic, and societal impact of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, what it means to be modern in 2013, and the capacity of the arts to shock and change us and society.

The discussion will be moderated by Dennis Leclaire, and will include panelists Cathy Young, chair of dance at the Boston Conservatory of Music and Dance; Ross Bressler, professor of art history at Berklee; Apostolos Paraskevas, professor of composition at Berklee; and Alexandros Kalogeras, professor of composition at Berklee.

The first audience of the Rite of Spring rioted. Was it Igor Stravinsky's music, Vaslav Nijinsky's choreography, or both? Is the Rite still "modern"? What does it mean to be modern in 2013? Can the arts still provoke us that deeply? This panel discussion will explore these themes, leading to new insights about the state of arts in the contemporary world.