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Opening of the Exhibit re-rite – You are the Orchestra

2 MAY 2013

published in: Whitsun

re-rite (Photo: Philharmonia Orchestra / MJ Kim, Samsung)
“To be part of an orchestra, to feel how 101 musicians play this powerful music, is one of the greatest adrenaline rushes, and one that I want to share with the world. That is exactly what we are doing now,” says Esa-Pekka Salonen, Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra, about re-rite.

The title of this multi-media exhibit plays on the English title of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) and the verb “rewrite”. re-rite allows you to embed yourself with the Philharmonia Orchestra via audio and video projections of the musicians and the conductor, performing with them in a rendition of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps. The project shows every section of the orchestra during a performance of Le Sacre: you can sit down among the brass, take up the baton, blend and fade individual instruments in and out at the virtual mixer, or beat the drum, gong or tambourine yourself – hopefully at the right moment!

At the same time, during this “concert” you can take a virtual journey through the inside of an orchestra, attending one or more performances of Le Sacre projected onto about 30 monitors or screens – from the perspective of a musician.

This amazing work definitely calls for active participation!

It doesn’t matter whether you can play an instrument or not – in re-rite, the only thing that matters is your interest in music and the joy of discovery and experimentation! re-rite is for anyone who loves The Rite of Spring: adults, children, but also audiences less familiar with classical music. Musical knowledge is not necessary – on the contrary!

From Friday, May 3, to Monday, May 20, 2013, generous support from UNIQA has enabled us to offer you this unique project at the Rauchmühle in Salzburg, as part of the Whitsun Festival. The exhibit is open daily from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Admission is free!


Anyone who has been inspired by the installation to hear Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps live on stage at the Großes Festspielhaus should attend the ballet performances of the famous Mariinsky Theater under the baton of Valery Gergiev, taking place on May 18 and 19. You won’t regret it!