Barnett & Company Masterworks Series: The Planets
The 2013/14 Masterworks Series begins with popular 20th Century works. Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man was written as a stirring musical tribute to those engaged in World War II, creating a fanfare that was traditional, direct and powerful. Copland’s Pulitzer Prize-winning orchestral suite, Appalachian Spring, takes us on a journey of 19th century American pioneers in Spring, inspired by the Shaker hymn, Simple Gifts. We close with an exploration of The Planets, Holst’s musical focus on the astrological aspects long associated with the planets and their mythological namesakes. Video imagery titled “Voyage of Discovery” by Video Ideas Productions, Inc. will accompany the works.