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The Northern Symphony Orchestra will present Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, in the Anoka High School auditorium.

The Northern Symphony Orchestra will present Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, in the Anoka High School auditorium.

This concert honors the 100th anniversary of the first public performance of “The Planets,” a seven-movement orchestral suite depicting the planets of the Solar System and their corresponding astrological characters.

During the performance, Anoka High School science teacher Scott Birklid will provide insight into each of the movements, the character of each of the planets and the music that will be heard.

When Holst composed “The Planets,” Pluto hadn’t been discovered, and Earth was excluded. For the April 13 concert, Northern Symphony Orchestra conductor and composer Michael Halstenson will premiere a piece he wrote called “Earth Rising” to partner with Holst’s masterpiece.

“We are thrilled to perform ‘The Planets’ again in Anoka,” Halstenson said. “The audience will be surrounded by epic colors and sounds of an extremely large orchestra as Gustav Holst pulled out all the stops when composing this piece. We’re also very excited to premiere ‘Earth Rising’ to round out this planetary experience. From the well-known movements of Mars and Jupiter to the more obscure sounds of Neptune and Venus, I know it will be a great evening of listening.”

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for children under 18 years old. Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N., Anoka.

To learn more about the Northern Symphony Orchestra, visit northernsymphonyorchestra.org.

Compiled by Paige Kieffer, paige.kieffer@ecm-inc.com

 

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