It’s a case of ‘Holst’s heavenly bodies but not as we know them Jim’ when Robert Ziegler, the RPO, and NASA’s breathtaking film converge on a landmark centenary.
Conductor Robert Ziegler
R Strauss Sunrise from Also Sprach Zarathustra
J Strauss On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz
Bach Toccata and Fugue in D Minor orch. Stokowski
Beethoven Symphony no. 7 Allegretto
John Williams Star Wars Main Title
Holst The Planets
Bar a little orchestration it’s exactly 100 years since Holst completed The Planets, and we have lift-off for a celebration like no other. From menacing Mars to ethereal Neptune, Holst’s extra-terrestrial score is docked with Duncan Copp’s stunning HD film, which will be shown on the big screen as the orchestra perform the milestone suite. And by way of introduction there are interviews with NASA scientists who set the stage for what the audience are about to witness. Beforehand, conductor Robert Ziegler starts the countdown with a whistle-stop intergalactic tour of Sci-Fi musical classics.
Moreover, film and Robert Ziegler go hand in hand. He’s conducted the soundtracks to The Hobbit and Sense and Sensibility among others, regularly directs concerts of film music, and is a serial accompanist of silent movies. Who better then to pilot the RPO in its 70th birthday year as Holst and Houston shake hands?