"Le sacre du printemps" premiered in Paris on this date in 1913. The under-rehearsed dancers were flummoxed by the challenging time signatures, and conductor Pierre Monteux had his hands so full with the cacophony in the audience that he never even looked at the stage. "On hearing this near riot behind me," he wrote, "I decided to keep the orchestra together at any cost, in case of a lull in the hubbub. I did, and we played it to the end absolutely as we had rehearsed it in the peace of an empty theatre." The choreography, by Nijinsky, was recreated by the Joffrey Ballet in 1987; here is the opening section.