Know Your Rites
Winter is over. Okay, winter isnt officially over, but those three days in January when you can wear a leather jacket without looking like a Joey Ramone wannabe have already passed. That means its time for spring, or at least, The Rite of Spring.
If you have even a laypersons knowledge of classical music, youre probably familiar with Russian-born composer Igor Stravinskys 1913 ballet. Its probably about the only classical piece from the 20th century that your high school music appreciation teacher didnt dismiss as a load of contemporary modernist doggy-doo (Gershwin and Bernstein excepted). This production of Stravinskys masterpiece was choreographed by Mauricio Wainrot, who previously tackled Far From Away and Anne Frank to widespread critical acclaim maybe even enough acclaim to impress that aforementioned high school music instructor.
Also on tap for these Ballet Florida performances are Dominic Walshs Bello and Ben Stevensons Five Poems (which features music composed by another of your teachers favorites, Richard Wagner). Springtime is Friday and Saturday at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts (701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $18 to $60. Call 561-832-7469, or visit www.kravis.org.
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