The Planets

Duke Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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Gustav Holst’s epic orchestral suite comes to life in a world-premiere production full of dazzling color and astrological effects

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  • 8 p.m. on September 24, 25, and 26
  • 2 p.m. on September 26 and 27

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The Planets

The seven movements of Gustav Holst’s grand orchestral suite are named for the seven residents of our solar system: Mars, Venus, Mercury, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Venus, and no others. Each piece nods to the planets’ supposed astrological attributes (as defined by Holst), from the sinister, bellicose strains of “Mars” and the ethereal melody of “Neptune” to the complete non-existence of “Pluto.” Throughout, the composer displayed the influence of his contemporaries (Stravinsky and Schoenberg) as well as his idols (Rimsky-Korsakov).

But celestial bodies aren’t the only bodies in motion in the Carolina Ballet’s world premiere. Founding Artistic Director Robert Weiss and Choreographer in Residence Zalman Raffael partnered together to bring the planets to life, using Holst’s wildly popular composition as both accompaniment and inspiration. As the movements change, the dominant colors on stage change as well, with dancers donning red or blue depending on the planet and its character.

Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet has continuously awed audience members with classic pieces such as Carmen, The Nutcracker, and Swan Lake. Artistic director Robert Weiss helms the graceful outfit, often staging his own choreography. Symposium was particularly memorable for its use of “Serenade” by Leonard Bernstein and its finale.

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    Duke Energy Center Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

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