Category: 2017-18 Classical

Recap: Fun and good times with Holst’s ‘The Planets’ and the Grand Rapids Symphony.

By Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk - It’s almost impossible to believe how old Gustav Holst’s The Planets is. The symphonic suite sounds fresh from the cinema and a killer opening weekend for the latest sci-fi blockbuster. In fact, the English composer began work on the seven-movement work in 1914 at the end of the horse-and-buggy era. The Planets only sounds like the soundtrack for a five-year mission to boldly go where no man has gone before because film composers have drawn... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Saturday, February 3, 2018 | 0 comments

Hear Grand Rapids Symphony play the music that inspired film music from 'Star Wars' to 'Star Trek'

When the words “Star Wars” first burst onto the movie screen to the sweeping accompaniment of a symphony orchestra in 1977, the first blockbuster film, with a soundtrack to match, was born. Composer John Williams would go on to become one of the most important film composers of modern times. One of the secrets to his success was how he drew inspiration from classical music. The driving rhythms of Williams’ Imperial Death March in Star Wars were inspired by Gustav... Read More
Posted by Jeffrey Kaczmarczyk at Tuesday, January 30, 2018 | 0 comments

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