ADAMS, ATOMS AND PLANETS


Saturday, December 3, 2016 8:00PM
Copley Symphony Hall

ADAMS, ATOMS AND PLANETS
Not On Sale








ADAMS, ATOMS AND PLANETS
A Jacobs Masterworks Concert

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Women of the San Diego Master Chorale

In celebration of composer John Adams’ 70th birthday

ADAMS: Doctor Atomic Symphony
HOLST: The Planets, Op. 32

The awesome power, beauty and danger of our universe is on display in the the melodic and harmonic soundscapes of two composers separated by time but synchronized in world-encompassing vision. Gustav Holst wrote The Planets, richly portraying astrological personalities using the widest orchestra palette possible, wider in fact than he ever thought would be achievable on the stage; a rich patron unexpectedly made a live performance possible in Holst's lifetime, paving the way for The Planets' frequent and welcome appearances today in concert halls around the globe.

In celebration of composer John Adams’ 70th birthday, this program opens with his thrilling and disturbing Doctor Atomic Symphony (adapted from his opera Doctor Atomic) which seeks to portray the ambition and agony of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer as he unleashed the power of the atom at the Trinity test site in 1945. Longtime Toronto Symphony Orchestra music director Peter Oundjian leads this program.


Where Music Meets Science: Salk Institute Professor Greg Lemke previews this concert: