Last weekend, STYI dove into Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring with a visit by Lee University professor Dr. Phillip Thomas. Thomas shared thoughts about The Rite, examining the relationship between history and the music itself. He also gave insight into program note writing: Harper Beeland noted that Thomas’s lessons “demonstrated that program notes should make audience members’ concert experiences more meaningful/enjoyable.”

On this same night, Hannah Christian unveiled STYI’s big spring project. Cellist Richard Narroway will be joining us in May for a weeklong residency in Chattanooga. More details about this amazing opportunity will be released soon!

On Sunday afternoon, STYI took a field trip to the Hunter to select paintings that most represent Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. We toured the museum while also listening to the music in order to choose the pieces that most resembled our feelings towards the sounds that we heard. For many, this experience reminded us of the Hunter as an art museum rather than a performance hall.