Charlotte Symphony Orchestra: Planets!

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( Fri., Oct. 22, 2010 )

Performed by Women of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte & Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Christopher Warren-Green, conductor

Knight Theatre, 430 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202


Holst: The Planets (with NASA footage, & with portable planetarium out front...)


Pre-concert cocktails and hors d’oeuvres start at 6:30 pm in the lobby.

Symphony Partners with Local Institutions to Explore Planets - Charlotte Teachers Institute Hosts 'Exploding Canons: The Planets in Outer Space and Beyond' at the Bechtler Museum, October 22. The Charlotte Teachers Institute (CTI), in partnership with area cultural organizations and community foundation support, is presenting the next installment of its groundbreaking discussion series, “Exploding Canons,” with a multimedia presentation of “The Planets in Outer Space and Beyond,” Friday, Oct. 22, at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Faculty members from Winthrop University, Davidson College and UNC Charlotte, along with WDAV’s program director, will participate in an interdisciplinary panel discussion that will examine new ways of looking at outer space. “We’ve planned a full evening of planetary exploration,” says CTI Director Molly Shaw. “Stellar speakers from a variety of disciplines will guide the audience through uncharted intellectual territory, and the evening will conclude with a live performance by the Charlotte Symphony.” The “Exploding Canons” event begins at 5 p.m. with a reception in the lobby of the Bechtler Museum, featuring a planetarium show hosted by Discovery Place. The panel discussion will take place in the Wells Fargo Auditorium at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Charlotte Symphony’s performance of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m in the Knight Theater.

Featured topics and discussion leaders include:

Spiritual Connections with the Heavens -- Indigenous Star and Planetary Lore, Richard Chacon, associate professor of anthropology at Winthrop University

Vagabond Stars -- The Planets of Early Greek Thought, Keyne Cheshire, associate professor of classics at Davidson College

From Mythology to Hollywood -- The Inspiration and Impact of Holst's “The Planets,” Frank Dominguez, program director, WDAV

Picturesque Planets -- The Science Behind Planetary Images, Susan Trammell, associate professor of physics and optical science at UNC Charlotte

The reception and panel discussion are free and open to the public; however, tickets must be purchased for the Symphony performance that follows in the Knight Theater. CTI and the Charlotte Symphony will provide free tickets to the Holst concert for the first 150 Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools teachers (one free ticket per teacher) who contact CTI at by October 18.

Others can contact the Charlotte Symphony ticket office at 704-972-2000 for concert tickets. Please RSVP to CTI for the reception and panel discussion. CMS teachers and administrators from all grade levels and subject areas are especially encouraged to attend all aspects of the program.


$30 - includes one drink ticket and hors d’oeuvres

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