16 August - 15 September 2013
When Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Le Sacre du Printemps was premiered on 29 May 1913 at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, the archaic power of this music exerted a shocking impact on the audience. There was booing, whistling, and shouting – leading ultimately to outright fighting. Arguably the most memorable of scandalous premieres in the history of music, at the same time it has become a vibrant symbol for the early 20th century, for the overthrow, reversal, and reorientation of values in that era. LUCERNE FESTIVAL in Summer will take the centenary of this famously scandalous work as an occasion to devote itself to music associated with upheaval and times of change.