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Symphony Series: The Planets - A Cosmic Chorus

Symphony Series: The Planets - A Cosmic Chorus

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7pm
Cordiner Hall

Free "Inside the Music" Pre-Concert Talk, 6pm, Cordiner Lobby

Debussy - Nocturnes
Holst - The Planets, Op. 32
             Featuring live visual accompaniment by Adrian Wyard, artist and computer programmer. This visual addition features spectacular original animations and NASA media that are cued live to follow the conductor and the orchestra. The visuals faithfully reflect the spirit of each movement as they evolve bar by bar, allowing the imagery to add a new dimension to the experience while Holst’s music retains center stage. Click here for more information on the visuals and sources.


  • Gustav Holst originally wanted to be a pianist but was prevented by neuritis (nerve inflammation). He said his affected arm was “like jelly overcharged with electricity.”
  • The Planets is based more on Holst’s interest in astrology than on the solar system itself. This is why Earth was omitted from the composition, since it is the reference point in astrology.
  • A “nocturne” is typically a piece inspired by night; however, Debussy’s Nocturnes are studies in light and shade that offer an impression of landscapes and objects.
Earlier Event: April 23
WWSYO Spring Concert