Kirk’s Corner: Heavenly Bodies of Holst

“The Planets” is an astonishing piece of music. Gustav Holst paints each of these seven celestial bodies in such vivid ways. On stage, the orchestra is huge with six French horns, a euphonium, two harps, a huge percussion section, contrabassoon, bass flute, and celeste/organ.

Dr. Jose Francisco Salgado, an astronomer and visual artist who founded the KV 265 project created films for each of the seven planets in Holst’s suite, Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Video has been taken from the international space station, the European space agency, and the Hubble telescope. The film has been carefully timed so that it matches exactly what is going on at every interval of music. Before each of the planets, Dr. Salgado will speak briefly about some of the science and astronomy pertaining to that planet.

The music is arresting and, with the addition of the video on a screen which covers the entire back wall of the stage accompanying each of the planets, it should be something quite overwhelming!!

Join us on our journey through the galaxy on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 7:30p or Sunday, Oct. 4 at 3p.

Kirk Muspratt