On Saturday the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will perform The Planets by Gustav Holst. It's really exciting to have this large scale work performed in our community, and also thrilling to see the TSO gain so much support. This performance is sold out already! With their new conductor, Sarah Ioannides, the TSO musicians and local community seem to be motivated more than ever in bringing great classical music to Tacoma.
I was fortunate to be able to watch part of TSO's first Holst rehearsal this past week. Seeing and hearing the musicians bring this epic work into sound was a lot of fun. I have always been a fan of this composition. In fact, the score for The Planets was the first orchestra score I ever bought, back when I was in high school. It's one of the first pieces of music that helped me learn about conducting and understanding music as a conductor.
I am sorry that more of us cannot get tickets to hear the performance. But I am so pleased that the TSO has generated so much energy and support for classical music in Tacoma. I can't wait to see what's in store for next season!
In case you want to hear the work online, check out this YouTube video: