The Firebird

An enchanted tale that has delighted generations. The first masterpiece of a musical genius. Experience Stravinsky’s The Firebird under internationally acclaimed conductor Roberto Abbado.

About the Repertoire

The Firebird was an instant success in Paris. The piece was so popular that a stranger once walked up to Stravinsky and asked him if he were the famous composer, Mr. Fireberg. Stravinsky never stopped pushing the art form forward and developing his skills. Although he was born in Russia, after the Russian Revolution of 1917, he voluntarily exiled himself to Paris, and became a French citizen in 1934. Five years later, however, he took a job at Harvard University, and moved to America, becoming an American citizen shortly after World War II.

Behind the Curtain

with Associate Conductor Vince Lee

"My favorite thing about this concert is that we have Roberto Abbado coming to conduct again. I worked with him several times at IU. He's a spectacular human being and spectacular musician. His uncle was the famous Claudio Abaddo, one of the greatest conductors of all time. We absolutely loved when he came to conduct the orchestra last year, in fact that was his ISO debut. He already has this immediate reinvite which shows how successful that was.

We're doing the full Firebird ballet, which usually isn't done. It's a massive work–I shall be very interested to hear Abbado's take on that piece."

About Roberto Abbado

Roberto Abbado, awarded the prestigious “Premio Abbiati” by the Italian Music Critics Association for his “accomplished interpretative maturity, the extent and the peculiarity of a repertoire where he has offered remarkable results through an intense season”, is Musical Director of the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia.


About Zach De Pue

Known for his virtuosic, high‐energy performances, violinist Zach DePue successfully balances his roles as ISO concertmaster, soloist, chamber musician, fiddler, community leader and mentor with passion and dedication. 


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This performance is at the Hilbert Circle Theatre in downtown Indianapolis. Doors will open one hour and fifteen minutes before the performance.

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Prelude to Khovanschina, Sunrise over the Moscow River


Violin Concerto No. 1


The Firebird

Roberto Abbado


Zach De Pue

Violin (ISO Concertmaster)

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