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The Planets

Philip Mann, conductor

In our fifth Masterworks concert, “The Planets,” we will journey to outer-space. The concert blasts off with Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine, a statement of exuberance and speed, which takes us headlong into one of the most recognizable themes in music: Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra, known as the theme of the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The journey will conclude with a fascinating tour of space with Holst’s The Planets. Famed for its emotional depth, The Planets showcases the orchestra’s capabilities with expanded instrumental sections and off-stage vocalists.  Dust off your space suit and join us for this exciting program!

Special for this concert: a high definition screen above the orchestra will show breathtaking images from the NASA archive to accent the majesty and beauty of Holst's The Planets!

February 24, 2018

Saturday at 7:30 PM 

Location: Robinson Center


February 25, 2018
Sunday at 3:00 PM

Location: Robinson Center


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Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine (Program Notes)

Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra (Program Notes)

Holst: The Planets (Program Notes)


"Mars, The Bringer of War," from Holst's The Planets

"Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity," from Holst's The Planets

Edited opening sequence from Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, featuring Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra


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