Rite of Spring

Orpheum Theatre

November 9, 2019 - 7:30pm

Preconcert Talk w/Maestro Haskins at 6:45pm


Experience the music that caused a riot in Paris at its first performance. Igor Stravinsky’s RITE OF SPRING instantly changed the course of music and quickly became the 20th century’s most influential and provocative work. Also featured on the program will be SCSO principal flute Brian Allred in a
performance of L’AILE DU SONGE, a bird-inspired work for solo flute and orchestra.


Clint Needham                    Digital Reality (World Premiere) (2019)

Kaija Saariaho                    Aile du songe for flute and orchestra (2001)

Igor Stravinsky                   The Rite of Spring (1911-13, rev. 1947)

About our Guest Artists

Brian Allred, flute

Clint Needham, composer

#3. We just sold out our last show... you need to come see for yourself what all the buzz is about!!!


#2. "Rite of Spring" is a bucket list piece for so many musicians.  They all dream of playing it, and on November 9th we'll all find out why.


#1.  This piece of music caused a riot in Paris the first time it was performed.  I'm curious to hear what kind of music could incite people to freak out and destroy a theatre?  Let's find out!

  • A symphony orchestra performance is not only about boring old stuff like what would have put your great-great-great grandmother to sleep. In fact, the SCSO is turning Sioux City into a New City. The Rite of Spring concert is all about what’s new. The oldest piece, “Rite of Spring,” was one of the most innovative works of the twentieth century. Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Aile du Songe” is all of 18 years old. And if you’re looking to preview Clint Needham’s “Digital Reality” before the concert, I’m sorry, you can’tIt’s making its world premiere right here in Sioux City. If you come, you’ll get to be the first audience ever to experience it.

  • I think it really says something when an orchestra can feature one of its own players as a guest artist. SCSO’s principal flutist Brian Allred will be the featured performer during Kaija Saariaho’s “L’Aile du Songe. ”This is an interesting, airy piece and it will be a lot of fun to see what Allred can do with it. Allred, by the way, is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, proving that SCSO doesn’t just use the best musicians in town but in the whole region.

  • Riot at the symphony? You’ve got to be kidding? Nope. When “Rite of Spring” premiered, it caused a riot. It’s been debated whether it was mostly the music or mostly the choreography—“Rite of Spring” premiered as a ballet—but undoubtedly both contributed to the audience’s shock. Check out Rite of Spring and see how 2019 Sioux City compares with 1913 Paris.

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