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Stravinsky: Petrushka

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Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra


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Petrushka, one of the most beloved of all Stravinsky’s works, demands the utmost virtuosity from every member of the orchestra. To convey every dramatic detail of the story, super-titles will be projected above the stage, keeping you abreast of every flirtation and clash between the story’s puppets: Petrushka, the Ballerina, and the Moor.

  • Igor Stravinsky composed the music to the ballet, Petrushka, in the years of 1910 and 1911. He later revised it in 1946.
  • The Ballet Petrushka is a tragic drama that takes place in 1830 during the Shrovetide Fair in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It shows the love interests and jealousies of three puppets. The puppets are brought to life by a character called the Charlatan. Petrushka loves the Ballerina puppet but she rejects Petrushka in favor of the Moor puppet. This makes Petrushka angry and he challenges the Moor to a fight. The fight ends with the Moor killing Petrushka. At nightfall the ghost of Petrushka rises and shakes his fist at the Charlatan, then dies once more.
  • The ballet premiered on Jun 13, 1911 in Paris performed by the Ballets Russes.
  • Petruska is considered to be one of the greatest ballets and continues to be performed with the original design and choreography in-tact.

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Gonzalo Bacigalupe
'Another amazing concert but this is particularly emotional as the last one before we went on quarantine. A precious gift.'
Gosia Kozusznik
'Thank you for making available this beautiful piece, so we can listen to it from different parts of the world. Also, thanks for your wonderful positive energy, BPYO and Benjamin Zander!'
Rona Kiley
'Dear Ben
What a marvelous concert by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The young musicians are great musicians and so fortunate to be able to play with others from near and far to be able to come together to play together and admire each other. Ben, you are their inspiration and support. It is a beautiful experience for the young musicians and we who watch and listen. Best wishes, Rona Kiley'
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