Piano duo to perform ‘Rite of Spring’ in Rugby

Alex McNab

4HandsLA will perform Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” on Thursday, May 1 in the Rugby Theater. This will be the second 36-minute annual performance for the study of aesthetics in the Philosophy in Art and Science course taught by performing arts teacher Ted Walch and math teacher Kevin Weis.

“The Rite of Spring” is a 1913 ballet and orchestral work notable for its avant-garde style and named one of the 20th century’s most influential compositions by critic Jan Smaczny. The performers, Steven Vanhauwaert and Danny Holt, perform together as the piano duo 4HandsLA and specialize in the music of Stravinsky.

Individually, they have both performed at Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Concert Hall and other venues across the United States, Europe and Asia. Vanhauwaert also won the 2004 Los Angeles International Liszt competition.

The pianists will be available to answer questions following the performance.