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'A Rite' powerfully reveals fragility of Stravinsky's work
'A Rite' powerfully reveals fragility of Stravinsky's work

When used simply as marketing tools, classical music anniversaries resemble the fast-food industry. And this has been no more musically unhealthful than the "Rite of Spring" centennial two years ago. Stravinsky's ballet may have revolutionized rhythm and caused a riot at its Paris premiere in 1913. But the ritual glut of anniversary "Rite" performances — along with such numbing offerings as a CD set of 38 recordings of the ballet — made a piquant score seem as quaint as comfort food. "A Rite," which Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA presented Friday night at Royce Hall, may have been the meaningful exception in 2013. An unusual dance...

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