There are so many things that can be said about Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring--historically, musically and philosophically--that it is easy to forget just what a fun piece of music it is in the gut-level, sonic sense. For that reason, if you can only go to one Knoxville Symphony Orchestra concert all year, you had better make it to this week's offering on Thursday and Friday evenings at the Tennessee Theatre. And, it's the last concert of the 2012-13 season.
French composer Erik Satie reveled in its "transparency of sound"--
"Le Sacre du Printemps" is full of [transparency of sound]; and it is perhaps in this work that it will appear to you with the most persuasiveness; you will be prodigiously bathed in it, deeply saturated."
Ironically, that "transparency of sound" uses a huge orchestra and I cannot resist listing the instrumentation to impress those who may be wavering: 2 piccolos, 3 flutes, alto flute, 4 oboes, English horn, E-flat clarinet, 3 B-flat clarinets, 2 bass clarinets, 4 bassoons, 2 contrabassoons, 8 horns, piccolo trumpet in D, 4 trumpets, 3 trombones, 3 tubas, timpani, bass drum, triangle, antique cymbals, and strings.
Also on the program are Richard Wagner's Overture to Tannhäuser and Lucas Richman's Three Pieces for Cello and Orchestra with cellist Inbal Segev.
Thursday and Friday evenings this week at the Tennessee Theatre, 7:30 pm.