Power of The Force helps too
Houston Symphony's The Planets goes Lady Gaga, adds second summer show
There are two acts in Houston that require a second show these days — Lady Gaga and the Houston Symphony's The Planets.
Like the Gaga one before them, the Symphony's leadership is adding a second summer show to meet ticket demands. The Planets — An HD Odyssey will now be performed on July 16 as well as the original July 17 date.
OK, so the Symphony's first July Planets didn't sell out in 60 minutes like The Fabulous One's Toyota Center show. But classical music lovers can take heart in the five January editions of The Planets that sold out at Jones Hall — and the demand that sparked a second concert in summer, a time when many traditional symphony patrons are out of town.
The Planets is a collaboration between NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and producer/director Duncan Copp. High-definition planetary images are shown during a live orchestra performance of Gustav Holst’s suite, "The Planets." Part of the show's crowd appeal comes in the fact that you don't have to be a classical music purist to enjoy the performance. It brings in a large mix of space and astronomy junkies as well.
The Symphony's July shows of The Planets are being combined with composer John Williams' Star Wars film anthems set, another crossover show with space appeal.
In a Lady Gaga world, getting a little spacey never hurts.