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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 Grammy and Juno award–winning conductor/composer Bramwell Tovey was appointed music director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) in 2000, since conducting complete symphony cycles of Beethoven, Mahler, and Brahms; establishing an annual festival dedicated to contemporary music; and touring China, Korea, Canada, and the United States. Mr. Tovey is also the artistic adviser of the VSO School of Music, a state-of-the-art facility and recital hall in downtown Vancouver. In 2018, the VSO’s centenary year, he will become the orchestra’s music director emeritus. In the 2014–15 season he makes guest appearances with orchestras across the globe including The Philadelphia Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and the Kansas City, Helsingborgs, Melbourne, and Sydney symphony orchestras. Bramwell Tovey won the 2003 Juno Award for Best Classical Composition for his choral and brass work Requiem for a Charred Skull. He has been commissioned by the New York Philharmonic and Los Angeles Philharmonic (Urban Runway, 2008), as well as the Toronto Symphony and Calgary Opera, which premiered his first full-length opera, The Inventor, in 2011 (a recording featuring the VSO, UBC Opera, and original cast will be issued by Naxos). His trumpet concerto, Songs of the Paradise Saloon, was recently performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and soloist Alison Balsom, who reprises it with The Philadelphia Orchestra in December 2014. As a pianist, Mr. Tovey has appeared with ensembles including the Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Toronto, and Royal Scottish National orchestras. In the summer of 2014 he played and conducted Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and in Saratoga with The Philadelphia Orchestra. He has performed his own Pictures in the Smoke with the Melbourne and Helsingborg Symphony Orchestras and the Royal Philharmonic. Mr. Tovey was music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (1989–2001), where he founded the organization’s New Music Festival, and of Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg (2002–06), leading tours of Europe, the U.S., China, and South Korea. A fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he holds honorary degrees from the universities of British Columbia, Manitoba, Kwantlen, and Winnipeg. In 2013 he was appointed an honorary Officer of the Order of Canada for services to music.

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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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