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Gustav Holstís The Planets


Premieres Friday, October 18th at 9:30 p.m on WTVP-HD 47.1.

Gustav Holstís The Planets

- WTVP presents new film by Max Fedore and Peoria Symphony Orchestra Music Director George Stelluto inspired by Gustav Holstís enduring work. -

Viewers are in for a special treat on Friday, Oct. 18 at 9:30 p.m. when WTVP presents The Planets, a musical journey through science and imagination. Not just about science, the film encompasses mythological figures Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune, and represents great writers and great minds inspired by the heavens. The film was commissioned by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and created by the young, award-winning filmmaker Max Fedore and PSO Music Director George Stelluto.

This is what Stelluto has to say about the project...

Enjoy Gustav Holstís The Planets. The program involves a new film commissioned by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra and created by the young, award-winning filmmaker Max Fedore and PSO Music Director George Stelluto. The project is an opportunity to look at Holstís work anew, and to consider, and reconsider, what he was trying to capture in composing this piece.

When Gustav Holst composed The Planets in the early part of the 20th Century, space exploration was still confined to earthly observation from telescopes, conjecture, and only the imaginings of scientific discovery. Indeed, powered flight itself was in its infancy, and many frontiers on our own planet remained to be explored Ė Mount Everest, the deepest oceans, and the wilds of far away continents. Technology too was beginning its uneasy relationship alongside man as the wonder and promise of scientific and engineering advancement grated against the horrors and disappointment of new warfare and disasters like the Titanic. The explorerís spirit was still there, however, led as usual by authors, artists, and musicians whose centuries of creativity inspired explorers and whose imagination was fueled by the exploration and scientific discoveries of their day. It is in this world that Holst conceived The Planets. Imagine the young composer growing up amidst the futuristic writings of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, and Mary Shelley as science and fiction melded to create an inspiring literary genre.

Holstís The Planets is steeped in the ancient mythology, mystery, and science regarding those heavenly bodies and our relationship to them. Holst himself called this work ďa series of mood pictures,Ē and it is with his inspiration that Max Fedore and George Stelluto set about to create a visual accompaniment to this fantastic music conducted by Maestro Stelluto*. They wanted to encapsulate the intimate connection between the imaginationís ability to create realities out of observation and ambiguity (spiritual, physical, and fictional realities) and our insatiable desire to know Ė to go to these places one day and ďsee for ourselves.Ē

So, the film you will experience is about much more than science. It is about those mythological figures Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Neptune. It is about great writers and great minds inspired by the heavens. It strives to create for you a ďmood pictureĒ or, if you will, a reflective state that blends your artistic, literary, and scientific sides into one ineffable whole. And it is not just a planetary journey, but a life journey Ė a kind of allegory of our own travels forward through time in search of ourselves. All in all, there are over 250 images, literary quotes, and works of art presented in the film.

The music will inspire you. The Planets is Holstís most enduring work, loved by almost everyone who has heard it. He was both a conservative and an innovator. He was intrigued with many musical styles and developments from the music of Debussy and Stravinsky to the revolutionary Schoenberg. You will find his influence in science fiction film sound tracks and video games to this day. If George Tuckerís 1827 novel A Voyage to the Moon is considered the first American science fiction novel, Holstís The Planets could be considered the first science fiction composition.

*This performance accompanying the film is not a performance by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra but is conducted by George Stelluto.

-- George Stelluto, Music Director
Peoria Symphony Orchestra

For George Stelluto's blog [Click Here].




For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of Programming, at (309) 495-0591 or linda.miller@wtvp.org



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