Bass Concert Hall Welcomes THE PLANETS: AN HD ODYSSEY, 10/21

Experience a powerful performance of composer Gustav Holst's The Planets paired with a high-definition film from NASA's latest exploration of the solar system. On a giant screen over the stage you'll see the latest stunning images from the Mars Rovers and past probe missions Magellan, Voyager, and Galileo, as the UT Wind Ensemble and Women of the UT Chamber Singers and Concert Chorale perform Holst's glorious musical score.
Commissioned by the Houston Symphony and created by filmmaker Duncan Copp, in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories, The Planets – An HD Odyssey adds a spectacular visual element to Gustav Holst's ­cosmic masterpiece. Copp is best known as the producer of In the Shadow of the Moon, a 2006 documentary film on the U.S. manned missions to the Moon, which was presented by Ron Howard and ­introduced at the Sundance Film Festival.
The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, under the leadership of Jerry Junkin, has firmly established itself as one of America's elite wind bands. In addition to The Planets, the program will include Ron Nelson's exciting Rocky Point Holiday and Drum Music by John Mackey, featuring faculty percussion soloist Tom Burritt. 


Pre-Performance Lecture by Dr. Frank Bash
• Sunday 10/21/12, 6:00 pm in the Bass Concert Hall Lobby

Dr. Frank Bash, Frank N. Edmonds, Jr. Regents Professor Emeritus in Astronomy, served from 1989-2003 as director of McDonald Observatory, one of the world's foremost astronomical research institutions and a pioneer in public outreach and informal science education.
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