Free Streaming This Week: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Seattle Symphony uncovers Stravinsky's influences in special rebroadcast of The Rite of Spring featuring Russian folk ensemble Juliana & PAVA

This week, the Seattle Symphony's free streaming features a rebroadcast of Music Director Thomas Dausgaard leading the orchestra and Russian folk ensemble Juliana & PAVA in The Roots: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring.

Esteemed for his creativity and innovative programming, Dausgaard's “Roots” programs explore folk and liturgical music’s influence on orchestral works by a range of composers in a side-by-side presentation.

Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring will be prefaced by discussion and performances of traditional Russian folk music and dance, presented in Dausgaard’s trademark Roots approach.

Originally performed on November 21, 2019 at Benaroya Hall, The Seattle Times review stated, “The applause on Thursday evening was not only for the exemplary performance, but also for the extraordinary presentation that preceded it: a revelation of the folk melodies and motifs that Stravinsky incorporated into his groundbreaking work.”

Audiences can join in for The Roots: Stravinsky The Rite of Spring on YouTube or Facebook during the three regular broadcast times on April 30, May 2 and 3: Thursday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

The Seattle Symphony continues to bring weekly installments of education and family programming through Meet the Instrument on Wednesdays at 11am and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots on Fridays at 11am on YouTube or Facebook.

The educational content offers discovery and fun for the young and young at heart, in addition to serving as a resource for teachers and families with young children during this period of school closures. 

Meet the Instrument is hosted by a member of the orchestra who introduces their instrument to viewers through performing short excerpts. Each installment also includes an instrument-related craft activity.

Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots, hosted by Seattle Symphony Horn John Turman, builds on each week’s Meet the Instrument in a fun exploration of related instruments through solo excerpts and ensemble performance.

This week features rebroadcasts of the inaugural videos for each program — Meet the Instrument: Tuba with Seattle Symphony Principal Tuba John DiCesare and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: Brass.

An all-new Meet the Instrument: Oboe with Seattle Symphony Principal Oboe Mary Lynch and Tiny Clips for Tiny Tots: The Oboes follow next week on May 6 and 8.

The Seattle Symphony is continuing to share free livestreams and rebroadcasts weekly until the orchestra can return to the Benaroya Hall stage in hopes that these performances provide strength, comfort and joy.

Programming updates are shared at Those interested can also sign up to receive email notifications about upcoming Seattle Symphony rebroadcasts and livestreams.

Inspired by the orchestra’s dedication to serving the community, more than 3,800 people have stepped forward with a donation since the closure of Benaroya Hall.

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The Seattle Symphony looks forward to welcoming audiences back to Benaroya Hall again very soon and wishes everyone health and comfort in the coming weeks.

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Posted on April 28, 2020