ASO Presents “The Planets”
This month the Asheville Symphony Orchestra looks at two symphonic masters.
Joseph Haydn sought to exploit the sonic characteristics of the solo violin, oboe, cello, and bassoon in a concerto for this unique quartet and orchestra. Stepping into the spotlight, our own Jason Posnock, Alicia Chapman, Franklin Keel, and Michael Burns will take the solos, while the musicians of the ASO provide the charm and zest that makes Haydn’s music so joyous. Under the direction of Daniel Meyer, the Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform Haydn’sSinfonia concertante, op.84.
Gustav Holst, fascinated with the cosmos and the astrology of our own solar system, devised an orchestral suite with imaginative musical portraits of the planets. Earth and Pluto (which had yet to be classified and then de-classified as a planet) are omitted, but all others, from Mars, the Bringer of War to Neptune, the Mystic, are given astounding sonic renderings using a massive orchestra. The Asheville Symphony Orchestra will perform Holst’s The Planets.