Holst's The Planets

The New York Philharmonic

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Holst’s The Planets


David Geffen Hall

Price Range



1 hour & 45 minutes with intermission

Date & Times


May, 2016

Thursday, 7:30 PM


May, 2016

Friday, 2:00 PM


May, 2016

Saturday, 8:00 PM

Event Info

From the mighty Mars to the cinematic Jupiter, Holst's The Planets has inspired sci-fi movie music for generations — most famously, Oscar winner John Williams's The Imperial March from Star Wars. Also on the program: John Williams's Tuba Concerto, which "could fit right into E.T.," says your soloist, Principal Tuba Alan Baer. "You hear a lot of fanfare — like The Empire Strikes Back."



Introduction and Allegro


John Williams

Tuba Concerto



The Planets


David Robertson


David Robertson


David Robertson


David Robertson — conductor, artist, thinker, and American musical visionary — occupies some of the most prominent platforms on the international music scene. A highly sought-after podium figure in the worlds of opera, orchestral music, and new music, Mr. Robertson is celebrated as a champion of contemporary composers, an ingenious and adventurous programmer, and a masterful communicator. 

Following a fall 2018 European tour with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Robertson kicks off his valedictory 2019 season as its chief conductor and artistic director. In the 2018–19 season, he returns to Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw, BBC Symphony, Bavarian Radio Symphony, and Czech Philharmonic orchestras. He continues his collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, and conducts the Toronto, Montreal, Cincinnati, and Dallas symphony orchestras and the Juilliard Orchestra, where he begins his tenure as director of conducting studies, distinguished visiting professor. 

Mr. Robertson recently completed his transformative 13-year tenure as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, where he solidified its status as one of the nation’s most enduring and innovative ensembles, established fruitful relationships with a spectrum of artists, and garnered a 2014 Grammy Award for the Nonesuch release of John Adams’s City Noir.

He has served in artistic leadership positions at the Orchestre national de Lyon; as a protégé of Pierre Boulez at the Ensemble Intercontemporain; as principal guest conductor at the BBC Symphony Orchestra; and as a Perspectives Artist at Carnegie Hall, where he has conducted numerous orchestras. He appears regularly with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, and other major European orchestras and festivals.

In the spring of 2018, Mr. Robertson built upon his deep relationship with The Metropolitan Opera, conducting the premiere of Phelim McDermott’s celebrated production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte. Since his 1996 debut in Janáček’s The Makropulos Case, he has conducted a breathtaking range of projects, including The Met premiere of John Adams’s The Death of Klinghoffer (2014), the 2016 revival of Janáček’s Jenůfa, and many favorites. He has frequent projects at the world’s most prestigious opera houses, including Milan’s Teatro alla Scala, Paris’s Théâtre du Châtelet, and the San Francisco and Santa Fe Operas.

David Robertson is the recipient of numerous musical and artistic awards, and in 2010 was made a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the Government of France. He is devoted to supporting young musicians and has worked with students at festivals ranging from Aspen to Tanglewood to Lucerne.

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Alan Baer


Alan Baer


Alan Baer


Alan Baer joined the New York Philharmonic on June 21, 2004, as Principal Tuba. He was formerly principal tuba with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. His other performing credits include recordings with The Cleveland Orchestra led by Vladimir Ashkenazy, performances with the Peninsula Music Festival of Wisconsin, New Orleans Symphony, Los Angeles Concert Orchestra, Ojai Festival Orchestra (California), Los Angeles Philharmonic, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed as a featured soloist, touring several countries in Europe, including Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and France.

Mr. Baer began his undergraduate work at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Dr. Gary Bird. He completed his bachelor of music degree with Ronald Bishop at the Cleveland Institute of Music, and has done graduate work at the University of Southern California, Cleveland Institute of Music, and California State University, Long Beach, where he studied with Tommy Johnson. While in Long Beach, Mr. Baer taught at California State University, where he also directed the university tuba ensemble and the brass choir. In Milwaukee, Mr. Baer was adjunct professor of tuba and euphonium at the University of Wisconsin and director of the Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble.

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Women of the Oratorio Society of New York

Women of the Oratorio Society of New York

Founded in 1873 by Leopold Damrosch, the Oratorio Society of New York is one of the city’s oldest musical organizations. From its earliest days, the Society played an integral role in the musical life of the city, presenting its own concerts and performing at musically and historically significant events. It also created a fund to finance building a concert hall. When Andrew Carnegie became the Society’s fifth president in 1888, he adopted the cause, enlisting architect William Tuthill, a fellow board member, to design a “Music Hall” that would provide a suitable artistic home for the Society. In 1891, singing under Tchaikovsky’s baton, the Society — as well as the New York Symphony (one of the forebears of today’s New York Philharmonic) — helped inaugurate the concert hall that came to be known as Carnegie Hall. It has appeared there ever since. Throughout its history, the Society has sung the traditional repertory — it has performed Handel’s Messiah every December since 1874 — as well as infrequently performed and contemporary works. In May 2016 it will present the New York Premiere of Marjorie Merryman’s Jonah and Haydn’s Missa Angustiis (Nelson Mass) at Carnegie Hall, and in November 2015 it presented the Carnegie Hall premiere of Juraj Filas’s Requiem: Opera Spei. In the summer of 2015 it presented a series of concerts in Germany. In March 2003 the Society received the UNESCO Commemorative Medal and the Cocos Island World Natural Heritage Site Award for its series of benefit concerts in Costa Rica. It made its European debut in 1982 and has since performed in Europe, Asia, and Latin and South America. On its 100th anniversary the Society was presented with the Handel Medallion, New York City’s highest cultural award, in recognition of these contributions. The Oratorio Society’s Women’s Chorus is drawn from the Society’s full membership. The Women’s Chorus also performed in the New York Philharmonic’s 2013 The Planets — An HD Odyssey. The Oratorio Society’s relationship with the Philharmonic dates to January 1877, when the ensemble participated in a program led by Leopold Damrosch; it most recently appeared on a July 2013 Summertime Classics concert conducted by Bramwell Tovey.

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Kent Tritle

Kent Tritle

Kent Tritle, music director of the Oratorio Society of New York, is also director of choral activities at the Manhattan School of Music; director of cathedral music and organist at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine; and music director of Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus. In addition, Mr. Tritle is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School, chair of the organ department of the Manhattan School of Music, and the organist of the New York Philharmonic. Kent Tritle founded the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series at New York’s Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, and led it to great acclaim from 1989 to 2011. From 1996 to 2004, he was music director of New York’s The Dessoff Choirs. Mr. Tritle hosted The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle, a weekly program on WQXR, from 2010 to 2014. Kent Tritle has made more than a dozen recordings on Telarc, AMDG, Epiphany, Gothic, VAI, and MSR Classics. 

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