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Canton Symphony Orchestra to present Gustav Holst’s ‘The Planets’

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CSO Presenting “The Planets” – An HD Odyssey and a Unique Space Exhibit

Don’t expect to hear the “Pluto” excerpt when listening to Canton Symphony Orchestra’s concert this Saturday evening featuring Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”. It simply does not exist. When Holst began writing the seven movement suite in 1914, Pluto was still sixteen years away from being discovered and once it was, Gustav had no desire to add another movement to his well known work.

Thus what we have is seven movements titled after each of the ‘other’ planets that were known of at the time. As far as order, Holst composed each planet in turn from Mars to Neptune except Mercury which he saved for last but still placed third in the suite.

This Saturday, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will be performing this masterpiece as “The Planets, An HD Odyssey”. The concert with accompanying pre-and post- concert exhibit will be at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located at 2323 17th Street NW in Canton.

As the Orchestra plays, a film created by Duncan Copp and produced by The Houston Symphony will be projected on a giant screen over the stage with the latest images from modern space exploration. Images included in the film will be photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer generated graphics to give the audience the feeling of circling the various planets as well as flying over the barren landscape.

The film was created by Copp in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories. Mr. Copp is also known as the producer of “In the Shadow of the Moon” which is a 2006 documentary on the U.S. manned missions to the moon.

Along with the concert, CSO will be hosting a NASA exhibit before and after the concert in the lobby of Umstattd Hall. Included in the exhibit will be spacesuits, rocket models (current and future), graphic displays and Mars Rover models.

Tickets for the April 26 concert range from $25-$45. This concert also features Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C Major, nicknamed “Jupiter.” There are senior, student and group discounts available. Dress is casual and the concert is appropriate for ages 8 and older.

Tickets and the full concert season schedule are available online at, or by calling (330) 452-2094 or at the box office window located inside the Cultural Center for the Arts (weekdays 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.), or by walk-up before the concert.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Parking at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall is free.