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Take a musical trip around ‘The Planets’

POSTED: April 26, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The North Georgia Symphony Orchestra will present a performance of Gustav Holst’s epic masterpiece, “The Planets,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Cumming First United Methodist Church, 770 Canton Highway, Cumming.

Tickets for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for students, all sold at the door.

The professional orchestra is sponsored by the Department of Performing Arts at North Georgia College & State University and the Forsyth County Arts Alliance. It features many North Georgia music faculty and a few of the university’s top music students.

“The Planets,” a seven-movement orchestral suite by English composer Holst, enlists a “super-sized” orchestra consisting of extra-large woodwind and brass sections, a large percussion section, two sets of timpani, two harps, full strings, a female chorus, celesta and pipe organ.

Written between 1914 and 1916, “The Planets” features a movement for each planet of the solar system, except Earth. The Planets has been widely performed and recorded since its London premiere in 1918.

Also featured on the program is the Concerto for Organ and Orchestra by Horatio Parker. Organist John Hutchinson will perform as soloist. Andy David, the symphony’s music director and head of the Department of Performing Arts at North Georgia, will conduct.


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