Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" at Rutgers 3/2; broadcast on WWFM 3/4

The premiere of the ballet and orchestral work The Rite of Spring in Paris a century ago sparked a riot, with its composer, Igor Stravinsky, reportedly being forced to hide in a double bass case as part of his mad escape.

Now 99 members of the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra—all of whom hope for a better reception this time around—are set to perform the piece in its entirety at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2013, at Nicholas Music Center, 85 George Street at Route 18 on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. Maestro Kynan Johns conducts. Tickets are $5 to $15. More information and tickets are available by calling 732-932-7511.

Other pieces on tap for March 2 are Sergei Rachmaninoff’s soaring Piano Concerto No. 3 and Lera Auerbach's Icarus. The latter is a U.S. premiere and features a solo for the theremin, a rare and seldom-used instrument in the symphonic field.

If you can't make the concert, listen to the performance when it is broadcast at 8 p.m. Monday, March 4, online at www.wwfm.org or on the radio at WWFM.