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Orchestral concert brings ‘Firebird’ to life

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University of South Carolina School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition winners are, from left, Coleman Wright, alto saxophone; Sabrina Raber, flute; and Ben Haimann, marimba.
University of South Carolina School of Music Concerto-Aria Competition winners are, from left, Coleman Wright, alto saxophone; Sabrina Raber, flute; and Ben Haimann, marimba. Submitted

“The Firebird,” an orchestral concert work for ballet by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company.

Based on the Russian fairy tale, the Firebird is a magical glowing bird from a faraway land that is both a blessing and a bringer of doom to its captor. When first performed at the Opéra de Paris in 1910, the work was an instant success with both audience and critics, and was the first international success of the composer’s career.

The orchestra will bring “The Firebird” to life at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at Koger Center for the Arts.

“The Firebird” ballet has historic significance not only as Stravinsky’s breakthrough piece, but also as the beginning of the collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would also produce the acclaimed ballets “Petrushka” and “The Rite of Spring.”

Each academic year the University of South Carolina School of Music sponsors a Concerto-Aria Competition. The winners for 2018-19 are Coleman Wright, alto saxophone; Ben Haimann, marimba; and Sabrina Raber, flute. These three will perform on this concert.

Join conductor Scott Weiss at 6:45 p.m. for a pre-concert talk in the Koger lobby.

If you go

“The Firebird Suite”

When: 7:30 p.m. March 26

Where: Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St.

Tickets: $30; UofSC students get in free with student ID.

Information: 803-251-2222 or kogercenterforthearts.com.

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