Experience modern space exploration through a stunning cinematic visual canvas as the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia performs Gustav Holst’s The Planets with a world premiere arrangement as this symphony is performed by a Jazz Orchestra for the first time. Journey to Mars, Mercury, and Saturn with a live jazz soundtrack.
The film, The Planets: An HD Odyssey, was created by celebrated director/producer Duncan Copp in cooperation with NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories and originally produced by The Houston Symphony. Duncan Copp is best known as the producer of In the Shadow of the Moon, a 2006 documentary film on the U.S. manned missions to the Moon, which was presented by Ron Howard and introduced at the Sundance Film Festival.
Our arrangers represent a diverse lineup of jazz musicians and includes Joseph Block, a former student from the Kimmel Center’s own Creative Music Program.
Conducted by: Terell Stafford
Todd Bashore (Mars & Mercury)
Joseph Block (Venus)
Jack Saint Clair (Jupiter)
Mark Allen (Saturn & Uranus)
Nick Lambardelli (Neptune)
As an added bonus, our opening act will be The Jazztet of the United States Army Field Band. The Jazztest was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra.