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15 May 2013

Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky

One hundred years since its notorious premiere, Igor Stravinsky's groundbreaking orchestral masterwork The Rite of Spring will be celebrated in a special concert by the Monash Academy Orchestra, conducted by Fabian Russell. 

On 29 May 1913, the world of 20th-century music changed forever with the premiere of The Rite of Spring. It was written for the 1913 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, with choreography by Vaslav Nijinsky. On that first night at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, the avant garde nature of the music and choreography caused a near-riot in the audience. 

Continuing the theme of premieres, a new work by Melbourne composer Tamil Rogeon, La Danse de Jean-Francois, will be performed. Rogeon, also a violinist and music producer, has trained and performed extensively in New York City’s jazz and club scene. 

Monash Academy Orchestra will also be accompanied in this performance by Daltron (Connor Dalton) and Galapagoose (Trent Gill), leading artists in the Australian electronic music scene. 

The orchestra, under the direction of Fabian Russell, is one of the finest student-based mentoring orchestral ensembles in the country. It comprises students from the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music and the wider University campus. An important feature of its work is the engagement of some of Melbourne's top professional players to tutor and mentor the students. 

In a career spanning more than 25 years, Fabian Russell has established a significant reputation as a conductor, orchestral musician, artistic director, soloist and teacher. 

Rites of Passage will be performed by the Monash Academy Orchestra at 7.30pm, Wednesday 29 May, at Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash University, Wellington Road, Clayton.

Admission is free, but bookings are recommended. Call 9905 1111 to book or visit the Monash University Academy of Performing Arts website.