The Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra presents an Interplanetary Experience featuring The Planets, one of the most magnificent orchestral scores, composed by British composer Gustav Holst and certainly one of the best-known musical compositions of the XX century (1914-16). This suite is based on astrological signs and not on the actual astronomical planets, which explains why Earth does not appear in the suite, and Pluto was not discovered until 1930, hence the mythological title to each one: Mars, the Bringer of War, Venus, the Bringer of Peace, Mercury, the Winged Messenger, Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity, Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age, Uranus, the Magician and Neptune, the Mystic. Holst transcribed the original music (written for a piano duet), for a huge orchestra, (including a wordless female chorus) and was performed for the first time by the London Symphony in 1920.
The CCSO symphony will perform the piece adding a multi-media element to the concert by displaying spectacular images of the different planets on the newly acquired screen at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) in the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In celebration of Black History Month, a composition by jazz legend Duke Ellington will provide a spectacular prelude to the musical evening. Come and enjoy a concert that will be … ‘out of this world.’ See you at the Symphony on February 4th!