WILMINGTON, NC – The Wilmington Symphony is pleased to present Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium. Tickets are available by calling 910-962-3500 or online at www.WilmingtonSymphony.org.
The sonic thriller “The Planets” by Gustav Holst is a seven-movement orchestral work. Each movement is named after a planet in the solar system and its corresponding astrological character. This great composition premiered in 1918, and has been extremely popular ever since, with frequent performances and recordings worldwide. In pop-culture elements of “The Planets” can be heard in everything from feature films (such as Star Wars, The Right Stuff, and Invictus), in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup commercials, in Super Mario Bros. video games, and as the theme song for the Rugby World Cup. Adaptations have been arranged for marching band, organ, percussion ensemble, drum corps, piano duet, and various rock bands.
Two of the talented winners of the Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition will be featured soloists at the concert. Jessica Small (UNCW division co-winner) and Amy Zhang (High School Division winner).
Jessica Small (saxophone) is pursuing a B.M. in Music Education at UNCW, studying saxophone under Dr. Frank Bongiorno. Jessica has performed with the UNCW Chamber Winds, Wind Symphony, Jazz Ensemble I, DubSax ensemble, and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Small will be performing “Fantasia for B-flat Soprano Saxophone” by Heitor Villa-Lobos.
Amy Zhang (violin) is a freshman at Topsail High School. She started violin at 7 years of age, and currently studies with Dr. Danijela Zezelj-Gualdi. She also advanced to the finals in the International Violin & Piano Competition of Vienna. Ms. Zhang will be performing “Zigeunerweisen, Op. 20” by Pablo de Sarsate.
Tickets are $27 (plus tax) for adults and $6 (plus tax) for students. Call 910-962-3500 or visit www.wilmingtonsymphony.org.
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