April 22 • SKyPac

On Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30 PM at the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center, Orchestra Kentucky will take a musical journey through the solar system.

Patrons are invited to the SKyPAC lobby at 6:45 PM when 60 school-aged children play their xylophones under the direction of Pam Thurman. Characters from Star Wars will also be on hand before the concert for photo opportunities.

Due to tight security, lightsabers are not permitted on the premises.

The concert is sponsored by Steve and Claudia Downey and Dr. Patricia Mercer. The Variety Series, of which the concert is a part, is sponsored by the Haskins Foundation.

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Gustav Holst's "The Planets"

The evening’s journey begins with Gustav Holst’s The Planets. During the performance, a multi-media presentation, that includes NASA images, will be projected onto a big screen. The Planets is a suite for orchestra in which each movement represents a planet in the solar system and its astrological character. The piece is scored for a large orchestra with a strong emphasis on the brass and percussion families. The women of the Orchestra Kentucky Chorale will be featured on the last movement, Neptune. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the composition.

The Music of Star Wars

The second half of the program features the music of Star Wars, by the legendary film composer John Williams. Fan favorites such as Imperial March, Yoda’s Theme, and Princess Leia’s Theme will be included. “The music of Williams is similar to Gustav Holst. Some scholars have said that Holst may have influenced Williams when he was composing Star Wars,” said Orchestra Kentucky Music Director, Jeff Reed. “The audience will instantly recognize the similarities with the pulsating, repeating rhythms to the consistent use of the low brass in melodic passages.” The intergalactic adventure will be enhanced by a visually enticing light show to accompany the 40th anniversary celebration of the film music.


Seating is limited. Don't miss this exciting event for the whole family!

Tickets for the concert start at $17 and my be purchased by phone at 1-270-846-2426, or by clicking on the link below.

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