Hart House Orchestra: The Planets

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A Musical Odyssey of Evolution,
Environment and Exploration


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Explore the mystic and the scientific in this unique presentation, in which the Hart House Orchestra plays excerpts from Holst’s The Planets, interspersed with talks by Dr. Alan Jackson, University of Toronto, Centre for Planetary Sciences and Dr. Matt Russo, University of Toronto Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics about planetary science in 2017.

A century ago, Gustav Holst had seven planets to inspire his composition, The Planets. Holst evoked the planets’ astrological characteristics, assigned in the distant past by sky watchers trying to make sense of their world. As Holst looked back, astronomers were busy looking up with telescopes, photography and spectroscopy, collecting data, testing ideas and uncovering the true nature of the planets. In the 1960s, space travel launched a steady stream of metal ambassadors and, with them, virtual human exploration. Then, just over 20 years ago, astronomers spied the first planets orbiting other stars. The known world count has swollen since then into the thousands.

When: Sun., Oct. 29, 2017, 3-5 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House

The Hart House Orchestra recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with a special concert at Carnegie Hall in New York. The Orchestra is a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and community members many of whom have been with the orchestra for many years. The Hart House Orchestra is expertly conducted by Henry Janzen who has held this position for over seven years.

This event is presented in joint partnership by The Royal Canadian Institute for Science and the Hart House Orchestra.

The RCI is Canada’s oldest scientific society. We envision a scientifically literate and well informed Canadian public which embraces science as part of its culture and decision-making contributing to civil society. We work to enhance public awareness and understanding of science and to create an environment in which science can flourish, be appreciated, and contribute to all aspects of Canadian life and society. To read more about the RCI and its history, please visit our website at www.rciscience.ca

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