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The Rite of Spring Project Panel Discussion: “Reflecting on the Rite”

Wed, February 3, 2010 • 6:30 PM • University of Texas at Austin Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music

The Rite of Spring Project
Wesley Schulz, Artistic Director and Conductor
Texas Chamber Group Orchestra
Christopher Guzman and Johan Botes, pianos
Alvin Rangel and Shelby Smith, dancers
Lyn Wiltshire, choreographer

The Rite of Spring Project Panel Discussion: “Reflecting on the Rite”
Dr. Seth Wolitz, Dr. Thomas Jesús Garza, Dr. Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza,
Stephen Mills, and Dr. Elliot Antokoletz,
Wesley Schulz, moderator

University of Texas at Austin
Bates Recital Hall, Butler School of Music
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
6:30pm Panel Discussion
7:30pm Concert

Free Admission

In 1909 Serge Diaghilev founded a dance company, the Ballets Russes, which would go on to
leave its mark in dance history. Diaghilev produced the first performances of works by Richard
Strauss and Claude Debussy, among others, and perhaps most famously, the early ballets of Igor
Stravinsky. The year 2009 marks the 100-year anniversary of Diaghilev’s company and in the
spirit of celebration a concert focused on one of Stravinsky’s most notorious ballets, the Rite of
Spring is being offered. This collaborative event will feature a panel discussion as well as two
complete performances of the ballet score: Stravinsky’s four-hand piano version and the
complete full orchestra score.

The concert is scheduled for February 3, 2010 in Bates Recital Hall. The event will begin at
6:30pm with a panel discussion including Dr. Seth Wolitz, Dr. Thomas Jesús Garza, and Dr.
Elizabeth M. Richmond-Garza from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas,
Stephen Mills from Ballet Austin, and Dr. Elliot Antokoletz from the Musicology Department of
the Butler School of Music. These experts will discuss the historical and cultural context of the
ballet and its place in art, music, dance, and theater.

The concert portion of the evening begins at 7:30pm. Pianists Christopher Guzman and Johan
Botes will perform the full duo piano version of the Rite of Spring. In collaboration with the
pianists, University of Texas Dance students Alvin Rangel and Shelby Smith will perform
portions from the ballet. After an intermission, a full orchestra utilizing over 90 performers from
the Butler School of Music will take the stage in a concert performance of the orchestral score.

This event is free and open to the public.

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