Sunday, August 01, 2010

Gustav Holst’s The Planets, Wolf Trap, July 31, 2010

What a week for music! First the Black Keys, then Aretha Franklin, and lastly Gustav Holst's The Planets, performed by the National Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Emil de Cou. (I have no idea who that is, but I'm including his name just in case that means anything to you.) It was a lot of fun. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful night, and we got perfect seats on the sold-out lawn.

Here's what Wolf Trap wrote about the performance:

The Planets is complemented by beautiful HD images in Gustav Holst's The Planets (2006), a suite of seven high-definition short films produced to accompany live performances of the popular orchestral suite. It was produced and directed by José Francisco Salgado, with Adler Planetarium and Vectors & Pixels Unlimited, Executive Producer.

Each of the short films in this critically-acclaimed suite includes awe-inspiring images of the featured planet, historical illustrations from the Adler Collection of Works on Paper, NASA and ESA animations, as well as animations produced by the film’s director, astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado. The film is not intended to be seen as a documentary but rather as an art piece that aims to inspire audiences and encourage them to learn more about our solar system and the Universe.

And the pieces that opened the night:

Suite from Avatar (James Horner)
Suite from WALL*E (Thomas Newman)
Theme from Lost in Space (John Williams)
Imperial March from Star Wars (John Williams)
Flying Theme from ET (John Williams)
Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey (Richard Strauss)


floogee said...

Wolf Trap was the perfect place to stage this. I think even just writing the name Emil de Cou makes one feel smarter or maybe like having a glass of wine at some cafe in Paris.

Instead, how 'bout a glass of chuck!

Kelly O said...

I love Three-Buck Chuck! We're lucky that my taste in wine isn't nearly as refined as my taste in beer. I think each bottle of Urbock 23 is actually more than an entire bottle of Charles Shaw wine.