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Summertime Classics: The Planets – An HD Odyssey

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Summertime Classics
Location: Avery Fisher Hall (Directions)
Price Range: $35.00 - $65.00

Concert Duration

1 hour 45 minutes
Fri, Jul, 5, 2013
8:00 PM
Sat, Jul, 6, 2013
8:00 PM
Sun, Jul, 7, 2013
3:00 PM

Take a breathtaking journey through the cosmos with the New York Philharmonic as your soundtrack. While the orchestra performs Holst’s spectacular showpiece (the inspiration for countless adventure film scores), a brilliant HD video — using NASA images of actual interplanetary odysseys — is projected on a huge screen above the stage. Buckle up!

Watch Beyond The Planets and see other concerts in the Summertime Classics festival.

The 2014-15 Season

Program (Click the red play button to listen)

Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Ballet of the Snowflakes from Le Voyage dans la lune

Music of the Spheres

The Planets (with film)



bramwell tovey

Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium, and his work as a composer and pianist lends him additional musical perspective. His tenures as music director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic, and Winnipeg Symphony orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British, and contemporary repertoire.

Mr. Tovey continues his association with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic’s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, both orchestras co-commissioned him to compose a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, subsequently programmed by a number of orchestras in the U.S. and Canada.  He was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull.

European orchestras with which Bramwell Tovey has worked include the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, and Frankfurt Radio orchestras, and his North America guest appearances have included the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Cleveland, and Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto. Other recent engagements included visits to the Nashville and Montreal Symphony Orchestras and his return to Australia, where he has already worked with the symphonies in Perth, Sydney, and Melbourne. In the winter of 2013 he embarked with the Vancouver Symphony on a U.S. West Coast tour that included visits to a number of brand-new facilities in California and Nevada.

Among Mr. Tovey’s honorary degrees are a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London; honorary doctorates from the universities of Winnipeg, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Kwantlen University College; as well as a Royal Conservatory of Music Fellowship in Toronto. In 1999 he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a Canadian prize awarded to artists for outstanding contributions in the performing arts.


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Kent Tritle is organist of the New York Philharmonic and director of cathedral music and organist at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City. The 2011–12 season marked his seventh as music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, and his fifth season as music director of Musica Sacra, the longest continuously performing professional chorus in New York City. He is the founder of Sacred Music in a Sacred Space, the acclaimed concert series now entering its 23rd season at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola. Mr. Tritle is director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music and a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School. He is the host of the weekly hour-long radio show The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle on WQXR. From 1996 to 2004 Mr. Tritle was music director of the Emmy-nominated Dessoff Choirs. Under his direction the ensemble performed with The Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic, as well as on a national Live From Lincoln Center telecast of Mozart’s Requiem. Mr. Tritle has made more than a dozen recordings on the Telarc, AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, VAI, and MSR Classics labels. His recent CDs with the choir of St. Ignatius Loyola include Ginastera’s The Lamentations of Jeremiah, Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, and Wondrous Love, featuring music from 1,000 years of sacred repertoire. All have won praise from Gramophone, American Record Guide, and The Choral Journal


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