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Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Presents 'The Planets: An HD Odyssey'
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra

September, 2011

FORT WORTH — The Fort Worth Symphony presents the North Texas premiere of The Planets: An HD Odyssey, an image-enhanced performance of Gustav Holst’s cosmic masterpiece. Projected in HD on a giant screen over the stage, the latest high-definition images from modern space exploration provide a stunning visual canvas as the orchestra, under the direction of associate conductor Andrés Franco, plays Holst’s glorious score.

This one-night-only performance by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra is at 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at Bass Performance Hall. Tickets are $24-$80, available at or 817-665-6000.

The Planets: An HD Odyssey is a new film created by documentarian Duncan Copp and produced by the Houston Symphony in close collaboration with NASA. It was premiered last season by the Houston orchestra, which subsequently took the production to Carnegie Hall and to Europe. While other orchestras have performed The Planets with projected photographs, this new film makes use of the latest high-definition planetary images, most of which have not been seen before by the public.

Of course, Holst’s nearly 100-year-old musical portrait of the planets was inspired by mythology and astrology, not science. But Hans Graf, Houston Symphony’s music director, says that’s part of what makes this project worthwhile. “The tension between Holst’s purely astrological, ‘romantic’ approach and the scientific, astronomic approach of the images (which are also “romantic” in their beauty) reinvigorates our appreciation of this popular work of music.”

Filmmaker Duncan Copp, who holds a doctorate in astronomy, is best known for In the Shadow of the Moon, a 2006 documentary on the Apollo astronauts that was introduced by Ron Howard and debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. He also has made films on global warming, Earth sciences and British history.

This concert is made possible by season sponsors Star-Telegram, American Airlines, North Texas Audi Dealers and the Worthington Renaissance Hotel. Promotional support is provided by Star-Telegram and WRR Classical 101.1 FM.

For more information or tickets, please visit or call 817-665-6000.


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