Des Moines Symphony to Perform ‘The Planets’

A  high-definition screening of images from modern NASA space explorations will accompany the performance of Gustave Holst’s “The Planets.” Photo: Des Moines Symphony.

Art and science will blend together when the Des Moines Symphony performs Gustave Holst’s “The Planets” this weekend.

The concert will open with “Fanfare on Amazing Grace” by American composer Adolphus Hailstork and “Larghetto for Orchestra” by Scottish composer James MacMillan. They’ll be followed by Elgar’s “Cockaigne Overture,” a cheerful work evoking Edwardian London.

After intermission, you’ll experience space in a new way with “The Planets,” a composition written between 1914 and 1916 about our solar system and the mythological deities associated with each planetary body. The program will be accompanied by a high-definition screening of NASA images from modern space exploration. Performances will be Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Des Moines Civic Center. Get tickets here.

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