The Rite of Spring

Fireworks’ rock-inspired chamber version of Stravinsky’s orchestral masterpiece.

“This simply has to be heard to be believed; the music sounds completely contemporary in this orchestration and one hears things one never has before. It’s a gamble that triumphs.” — Robert Carl, Fanfare Magazine

  1. Introduction (The Adoration of the Earth) Igor Stravinsky; Fireworks Ensemble
  2. The Augurs of Spring Igor Stravinsky; Fireworks Ensemble
  3. Spring Rounds Igor Stravinsky; Fireworks Ensemble

Brian Coughlin’s arrangement for an eight-player chamber ensemble featuring electric guitar became the ensemble’s calling card in its early years. Fireworks often presented the piece as part of a larger program called Classical Covers, which featured reinventions of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, Perotin’s Sederunt, Bach’s The Art of the Fugue, and Mauricio Kagel’s postmodern mashup Ludwig van.