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ASO Presents Multimedia Space Voyage

September 16, 2011
  • Who: The Austin Symphony Orchestra
  • What: Gustav Holst's "The Planets:" A Symphonic Film
  • When: Friday & saturday, October 14 & 15, 2011, 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Dell Hall, Long Center for the Performing Arts
  • Cost: Tickets start at $19
  • Contact: Don Hill, Director of Public Relations, (512) 476-6064

In October, Maestro Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony invite patrons to not only “Listen Up!,” but look up as well as we continue the Centennial Season of classical concerts with a multimedia space travel adventure, Gustav Holst’s The Planets: A Symphonic Film. Experience an awe-inspiring one-hour space voyage choreographed for live symphonic performance. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, October 14th & 15th in Dell Hall. The concerts are proudly sponsored by Whorton Insurance Services and UBS Financial Services with Guest Artist sponsorship provided by Silicon Labs and the Prior Family Foundation.

Debussy – Nocturnes
Holst – The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra, Op. 32

Your intergalactic evening begins with Claude Debussy’s beautiful symphonic triptych for orchestra, Nocturnes. Reflecting Debussy’s affinity for the pictorial works of artist James McNeill Whistler, Nocturnes explores in music what Whistler portrayed in his paintings. Whistler’s art fascinated Debussy, especially those which carried the title “Nocturne”. These were colorful atmospheric and shadowy works in blue and gray, blue and silver, grey and gold, and black and gold. The main focus is on the color and the melding of one color into the other, not on an image itself. The “suggestion” of an image is present rather than a blatant object. It was this style that Debussy was after in his Nocturnes, where the melody is enveloped in continuous movement and harmonic permutations.

After a brief intermission, the ASO returns to present an extraordinary visual and musical journey. The multimedia film presentation of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” combines high resolution images and computer animation to create spectacular visual effects. Audiences will thrill to see the most dramatic film and photo images from NASA’s unmanned spacecraft – Mariner 10, Vikings I and II, Magellan, Voyagers I and II, and the Hubble Space Telescope. This production is in cooperation with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Patrons can enjoy the Pre-Concert Talks with Bob Buckalew at 7:10 p.m. Also, the Austin Planetarium will be showcasing the latest interactive “Space Software” on the mezzanine level before the performance and during intermission.

Tickets for Gustav Holst’s The Planets with the Austin Symphony start at $19. Student rush tickets are also available 20 minutes prior to performance for $5 cash and current student ID. Charge tickets online at where you will find seating maps, price options and a wealth of concert information. Tickets are also available at the Austin Symphony Box Office, 11th and Red River or call 476-6064 or 1-888-4-MAESTRO (toll-free)