The Rite of Spring: Compagnie Heddy Maalem
Memorial Hall—When Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring premiered in Paris in 1913, there were riots in the streets. But, 95 years later, and Stravinsky's dance-to-the-death masterpiece has long been a staple of modern dance and music.
Tonight, it will be updated by Compagnie Heddy Maalem as part of the Carolina Performing Arts Series' international dance program. Maalem's "Le Sacre du Printemps" features 14 dancers from Mali, Benin, Nigeria, Togo, Mozambique and Senegal. Organic and violent, this Spring draws on contemporary and traditional African dance, shifting an already frenzied, dynamic work to a landscape Maalem has described as "a continent from which springs ... the thickening anguish of spring." A literal breakdown expressed in war-ish group movement, with Stravinsky's score and Benoit Dervaux's film backdrop. Limited tickets are available for $25-$40 for the general public and $10 for UNC students. Show starts at 8 p.m. —Margaret Hair
Rhapsody in Blue
Meymandi Concert Hall—Despite its equivocal reception by many critics of the day, George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue—an early, overt and important effort in bridging classical music to a more popular form (in this case, jazz)—was met with public enthusiasm. Three years after its premiere, the piece had been performed nearly 100 times and sold one million records. Eighty-four years later, it was reworked by Herbie Hancock and Chinese prodigy Lang Lang for the 2008 Grammys. Last night and tonight, guest conductor James Gaffigan leads the state's symphony and the Carolina Choir through the piece, alongside works by Debussy, Ravel and Fauré. Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows are $30-$53. —Grayson Currin
WXDU Record Fair
Duke Coffeehouse—College radio breeds record collectors. Now in its third year, WXDU's annual record fair has become something of a happening. Record geeks invite record geek friends to assemble and sale and trade, peruse the offerings, and needle each other with quips. Dealers set up their wares and the wolves descend. In the age of eBay, vinyl has become known as "black crack." Slinging starts at 11 a.m. and runs till 5 p.m. Free entry, but spend away. —Chris Toenes