Kensho Watanabe, conductor
Albany Pro Musica Women’s Chorus
Sibelius Night Ride and Sunrise
Theofanidis Rainbow Body
Holst The Planets (including images from NASA)
Produced by Duncan Copp
Commissioned by the Houston Symphony
In Cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories
- CDPHP Family Night, 6pm – learn more
- Out of This World Festival: Pre-Show Festival on the SPAC Lawn, 6pm – learn more
- The Philadelphia Orchestra, 8pm
- Star Party with Guided Telescope Viewings around the reflecting pool, Post-concert – learn more
In this unprecedented multimedia event led by conductor Kensho Watanabe, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform The Planets from the HD Odyssey film series, featuring images of NASA’s exploration of the solar system brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra’s performance of Holst’s exciting, cosmic score.
According to The New York Times, “The images in the movie, produced and directed by Duncan Copp, were often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give the audience the impression of circling individual planets and sometimes flying over their awesomely barren landscapes…There is, of course, a film-score-like quality to the music, and combining it with imagery has been done before, though not to my mind with such sophistication.”
- The Planets is a seven movement suite, with each movement representing a planet in the Solar System and its corresponding astrological character as defined by Holst.
- It’s said that Holst drew early influence for this suite from a book by Alan Leo, called The Art of Synthesis, which separates chapters in a similar manor.
- Although it was his most successful work, Holst didn’t count The Planets as one of his best creations, and disliked its popularity so much so that he even gave up his longtime belief in astrology after its completion.
Read more here:
- (1914-16) The Planets Op. 32: http://www.gustavholst.info/compositions/listing.php?work=18
- Holst’s The Planets: a guide http://www.classicfm.com/composers/holst/pictures/holsts-planets-guide/jupiter-1/