Masterworks Series 

The Planets

Saturday April 28 at 8:00pm

Old Cabell Hall

Sunday April 29 at 3:30pm

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Performing Arts Center

Benjamin Rous, Conductor

the Women of the UVA University Singers; Michael Slon, Conductor

About the Program

Music Director Benjamin Rous closes out his first season with the Charlottesville Symphony with a (big) bang! Don’t miss this multimedia exploration of music inspired by space and the heavenly bodies, featuring Gustav Holst’s spectacular The Planets. From the stirring battle sounds of “Mars, the Bringer of War” to the distant, otherworldly “Neptune, the Mystic,” The Planets is truly one of the masterpieces of twentieth century orchestral music. The Symphony’s galactic exploration also includes Orion, a spritely and mysterious work by renowned Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho.

Program notes available on April 20, 2018.



HOLST  The Planets, Op. 32

The 2017-18 season is made possible in part by a major gift from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.


Join UVA Associate Professor of Music Richard Will for a Pre-Concert Lecture on Saturday, April 28 at 7:15pm in the Minor Hall Auditorium.

The Symphony is pleased to offer online recordings of Professor Will’s Saturday lectures free of charge. All Sunday ticket holders will receive an email at 6am on Sunday, April 29 with a link to the lecture recording.

For more information about Pre-Concert Lectures, including directions and an archive of all lecture recordings, click here.


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