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Contact Person: Hild Peersen
Office: (614) 899-9000
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Westerville Symphony Presents Gustav Holst’s The Planets

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University is proud to announce the opening concert of its 35th season. The
program includes Gustav Holst’s The Planets and John Williams’ Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third
Kind. We also celebrate Maestro Peter Stafford Wilson’s 25th year as music director. The concert takes place on
October 22, 2017 at 5 pm at the Fritsche Theater in Cowan Hall at Otterbein University.

Gustav Holst wrote his seven movement large scale orchestral work between 1914 and 1916. It premiered in 1918
and continues to be a widely popular and enduring symphonic masterpiece. Each movement depicts one of the
planets in the solar system, minus Earth and Pluto. Holst was inspired by the astronomical aspects of the planets
writing to a friend in 1913: “…recently the character of each planet suggested lots to me, and I have been studying
astrology fairly closely.” Three of the more recognized movement are Mars: The Bringer of War, Venus: The
Bringer of Peace and Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity.

The Planets calls for three instruments rarely heard on the orchestral stage: the bass flute, the bass oboe and the
euphonium. Gustav Holst was a masterful orchestrator and uses these instruments in places where the effect cannot
be replicated on another instrument.

The concert also includes Excerpts from Close Encounters of the Third Kind by John Williams. The score for this
movie is unique in that there is a 5 note pattern that essentially becomes the character of Sam, the computer. It is
hard to top John Williams as a movie composer and it is said that this score is one of his favorites.

For more information about event details please contact Executive Director Hild Peersen

About the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University:

The Westerville Symphony at Otterbein University provides exemplary symphonic performances to audiences in
central Ohio, and music education in Westerville and surrounding communities. This season will see collaborations
with the Otterbein University Choirs, Westerville Public Library and the Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce.

About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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