Stravinsky's Rite of Spring / InCA productions ; produced and directed by David Kennard, Joan Saffa (55 min.)
Live performance of Stravinsky's The Firebird suite and The Rite of Spring / director, Gary Halvorson ; producer, Michael Bronson (52 min.)
Music director Michael Tilson Thomas and the musicians of the San Francisco Symphony go from the salons of St. Petersburg to the villages where Stravinsky found inspiration in the earthy power of Russian folk music and dance. Thomas then retraces Stravinsky's journey to the cultural crossroads of pre-war Paris, where the composer collaborates with the great impresario Diaghilev and his star dancer Nijinsky to develop the shocking, erotic, and violent evocation of pagan Russia that became The Rite of Spring. Includes a live performance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and music from The Firebird by the San Francisco Symphony, with Thomas conducting.