The Pacific Symphony in California is in the midst of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, with three performances this weekend led by Music Director Carl St.Clair and multiple outdoor community events on June 8, culminating in a free live simulcast of the final concert outdoors projected onto the wall of Segerstrom Hall. On June 7, University of California Irvine will hold a symposium with filmmaker Tony Palmer that includes a screening of his 1982 documentary Stravinsky: Once at a Border. Community events on June 8 include food trucks and activity booths such as “Make Your Own ReRite,” an iPad activity that uses Garage Band to remix and reimagine Stravinsky’s music. Also planned are performances by community ensembles including Fortunates Woodwind Quartet, Laguna Flute, Helix Collective, and Santa Ana Strings; performances of Sacre Project, a combined media installation and dance work directed by John Crawford, in collaboration with UC Irvine’s Claire Trevor School of the Arts; and a “video dance booth” in the Segerstrom lobby, where concertgoers can choose sections from Rite of Spring and capture their own movement in a green-screen environment. On May 29, the Pacific Symphony released The Frite of Spring, a YouTube video mash-up of Rite of Spring and Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” featuring Carl St.Clair and the orchestra musicians.

Posted June 3, 2013