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Wed 29 May 2013, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Robert Blackwood Hall - Monash University, Wellington Rd, Clayton, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: natasha32

Monash Academy Orchestra perform a variety of works, including The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky.

On 29 May 1913 the world of 20th century music changed forever with the premiere of Le Sacre du Printemps. 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. It was recorded that the conductor on that opening night, Pierre Monteux, believed that the trouble began when two factions in the audience began attacking each other, but their mutual anger was soon diverted towards the orchestra: ‘Everything available was tossed in our direction, but we continued to play on’. Around forty of the offenders were ejected, either by the police or by the management. Through all the disturbances the performance continued without interruption. Maybe this was the genesis of the theatre maxim ‘the show must go on’!

We continue the theme of premieres with a new work by Melbourne composer Tamil Rogeon. Tamil, also a violinist and producer, has trained and performed extensively in New York City’s jazz and club scene. His orchestral work 24 Hours in Lapa premiered in October 2012 for the Melbourne Festival.

And finally, yet another major celebration - 2013 is the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten. Sinfonia da Requiem, for orchestra, is a symphony written by Britten in 1940 at the age of 26. It was one of several works commissioned from different composers by the Japanese government to mark the 2,600th anniversary of the founding of the Japanese Empire (taken to be 11 February 660 BCE).