The spark of inspiration shines bright in foggy London! From the symphony Joseph Haydn wrote to dazzle his British fans to the electrifying new voice of young Hannah Kendall, London has long been at the center of the orchestral world. No British composer cast his sights further than Gustav Holst, who gave us a rich-hued, mystical view of the solar system in The Planets. The celestial bodies display their true selves more clearly than any telescope could ever reveal: you’ll tremble at the frightful war drums of Mars, flutter with winged Mercury and sink into the shimmering mystery of icy Neptune as each godlike planet orbits past your ears.
Pre-concert Talk presented one hour prior to each performance. Free with ticket purchase.
1 hour, 49 minutes
1 hour, 30 minutes prior to performance
S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium - Benaroya Hall
Jonathon Heyward is forging a career, as one the most exciting conductors of his generation. Currently Assistant Conductor of The Hallé alongside Music Director Sir Mark Elder, the young American has also been selected to be part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Dudamel Conducting Fellowship programme.
The Seattle Symphony Chorale serves as the official chorus of the Seattle Symphony. Over its past four decades, the Chorale has grown in artistry and stature, establishing itself as a highly respected ensemble.
Holst’s The Planets is generously underwritten by an anonymous donor. Holst The Planets is presented as part of the Seattle Symphony’s New Music WORKS initiative, which is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. New Music WORKS features commissions, concerts and educational activities that use composition as a catalyst for collaboration and engagement in music.