Holst’s heavenly hit lands in Ann Arbor

Apr 6, 2016

The Ann Arbor Symphony performs Gustav Holst's "The Planets" Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
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He composed 8 operas, 4 ballets, music for 13 plays and many dozens of orchestral and vocal works.

But Gustav Holst is best known for a single masterpiece.

His seven- part suite, The Planets was completed 100 years ago.  The audio astrological tour has been a mainstay of the concert repertoire ever since.

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra performs the work this Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Michigan Theatre.

It’s also a live broadcast on 90.5 Classical...and it’s streamed at wkar.org.

Current State’s Peter Whorf speaks with A2SO music director Arie Lipsky about The Planets, and its cinematic sound.