The Four Seasons by Vivaldi is so popular there are more than 200 recordings for sale, and it has shown up in movies and TV more than 80 times. The definition of ‘every piece of music was once modern music,’ when it premiered in 1725; the audience was polarized. Half said it was crazy modern music, tasteless and gimmickry. The other half said it was the way of the future. Guest artist and violinist Soovin Kim performs with the CSO.
In the ballet Petrushka, Stravinsky takes us again to the drama. A trickster and clown, Petrushka gets in between a bad-boy nemesis and a beautiful ballerina. With characters, story, and music created by Stravinsky, the audience raved about the piece after the opening in 1911.