Friday July 5, 2013 / 8:00pmThe Planets
Price Level D
How was your experience?
I wish I could give it 6 stars. It was wonderful on so many levels, I don't know where to begin!! First of all: if you've never heard Holst's "The Planets", then you have missed out on one of the greatest pieces of classical music. It is a "popular" piece (like Handel's "Messiah", or the WIlliam Tell Overture) but that should not lessen anyone's enjoyment of it (unless you are a snob). It's brilliant, exciting, moving, and yes, the root of all the background music in every science fiction film of the last 50 years! On top of the music, which alone would be stunning, they roll down a screen on which they show recent photography taken by NASA satellites of the planets in the music, timed to the music. It's not tacky!! It's incredible. My friend and I were moved to tears. Take your children! (although the music might be a little intense and "scary" for those under 6). Add to this, Lincoln Center set up 4 high-powered telescopes outside the Hall and we all lined up and saw Saturn, rings and all, after the performance. My friend said it was "the best night ever".