Thomas Dausgaard: On Discovering the Folk Roots of Stravinsky

King FM’s Dave Beck takes you backstage with Music Director Thomas Dausgaard as the Seattle Symphony explores the sound world of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

One of the signature programming approaches of Seattle Symphony Music Director Thomas Dausgaard is collaborating with folk musicians in exploring the deep roots of symphonic music by composers like Rachmaninov and Sibelius. This week’s performances of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at Benaroya Hall are preceded by a 20-minute presentation exploring the folk roots of Stravinsky’s revolutionary 1913 ballet score.

Thomas Dausgaard talks with KING FM’s Dave Beck about the performers of traditional folk music and dance who will be on the Benaroya Hall stage this week with the Seattle Symphony. We’ll find out how these folk artists take us into the ancient sound world of Lithuanian folk music that Stravinsky studied in creating The Rite of Spring.

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Posted on November 21, 2019