Thomas Dausgaard: On Discovering the Folk Roots of Stravinsky, Nov. 20, 2019
By KING FM
A signature programming approach of Seattle Symphony Music Director Thomas Dausgaard is to collaborate with folk musicians in exploring the roots of symphonic music by composers like Rachmaninoff and Sibelius. This week’s SSO performances of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in Benaroya Hall are preceded by a 20 minute presentation exploring the folk roots of Stravinsky’s revolutionary 1913 ballet score. Dausgaard talks with Dave Beck about the performers of traditional folk music and dance who will be on the Benaroya Hall stage this week with the SSO. 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."