The Planets: An HD Odyssey

Kensho Watanabe - Conductor


Theofanidis - Rainbow Body

Sibelius - Night Ride and Sunrise

Holst - The Planets (including images from NASA)

Friday, August 3, 2018

8:00 pm Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY

In this unprecedented multimedia event led by conductor Kensho Watanabe, The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform The Planets from the HD Odyssey film series, featuring images of NASA's exploration of the solar system brought to life in vivid form with the orchestra's performance of Holst's exciting, cosmic score.

According to The New York Times, “The images in the movie, produced and directed by Duncan Copp, were often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give the audience the impression of circling individual planets and sometimes flying over their awesomely barren landscapes…There is, of course, a film-score-like quality to the music, and combining it with imagery has been done before, though not to my mind with such sophistication.”