The First Time I Heard The Rite of Spring

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Listen to some of today's leading composers and musicians as well as your favorite New York Public Radio hosts weigh in on the first time they heard Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, as part of next Wednesday's Rite of Spring Fever centennial celebration.

We'll be publishing stories each day on this page as we gear up for next week's all-day marathon focus on The Rite, but to get started, hear from composer Steve Reich, electronic musician Dan Deacon, composer-cellist Zoe Keating, percussionist Steven Schick, composer Nico Muhly and composer-violinist Owen Pallett (formerly known as Final Fantasy). 

Upcoming artists include Brooklyn Philharmonic conductor Alan Pierson, composer Michael Gordon, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra music director Robert Spano, flutist and International Contemporary Ensemble artistic director Claire Chase, composer-saxophonist Sam Hillmer of Zs and Diamond Terrifier, WNYC hosts John Schaefer and Brian Lehrer, composer David T. Little, cellist Fred Sherry, WQXR host Naomi Lewin, Brooklyn Rider cellist Eric Jacobsen, composer-pianist Timo Andres and more. 

Q2 Music's Rite of Spring Fever is a 24-hour marathon on Wednesday, May 29 hosted by Phil Kline of contrasting interpretations of Stravinsky's masterpiece and a complementary web portal of interviews, testimonials and interactive features.