New Planets Display to Accompany Orchestra Performance

Planets LiveOn March 15, the Imperial Symphony Orchestra will present a newly developed visual accompaniment for Gustav Holst’s famous The Planets. “The Planets Live” consists of computer software and media that are performed live to follow the conductor’s direction beat-for-beat. While many of the visuals are original animations, everything shown has some basis in fact and has as its source data from telescopes, orbiting spacecraft, or rovers on the planets’ surfaces. Visual artistAdrian Wyard will be on hand for the performance.

The Planets, composed between 1914 – 1916, gained Holst international fame. The inspiration for the work was astrology rather than astronomy, as Holst attempted to depict the traditional astrological personalities associated with each of the seven planets (Pluto was not discovered until 1930, and has since been reclassified as a “dwarf planet.” There is not a movement for Earth.) Holst arranged the seven movements according to musical, not astrological criteria. The movements are:

  • Mars, The Bringer of War
  • Venus, The Bringer of Peace
  • Mercury, The Winged Messenger
  • Jupiter, The Bringer of Jollity
  • Saturn, The Bringer of Old Age
  • Uranus, The Magician
  • Neptune, The Mystic

In addition to the visual accompaniment, the Symphony will welcome the winner of the 2015-2016 Young Artist Competition, rising star Lauren Thielen. Lauren is a senior at All Saints Academy where she plays the string bass. Lauren has been the principal player in Polk’s All-County Orchestra for five years and an All-State finalist for two years. Lauren also plays with the bass section in the Imperial Symphony Orchestra. As you might have guessed, Lauren’s parents are ISO musicians and music instructors Tracy & Mark Thielen, so it’s no surprise that this talented young musician so graciously shares her gift with the ISO community. For her audition, Lauren played Concerto #1 in F by Antonio Capuzzi, which she will also perform on stage with the ISO on March 15.

The Young Artist Competition was open to students 16 – 21 years of age at the time of audition (October 24, 2015) who are residents of Polk County or enrolled in a Polk County educational institution.

Tickets to “Music of the Stars” are $35, $25 and $15. Students are always free to Masterworks performances thanks to a grant from the George W. Jenkins Fund within GiveWell Community Foundation. Purchase event tickets by calling The Lakeland Center’s box office (863) 834-8111 Monday – Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.