Orchestra from Planet X

THE STORY

What happens when musical worlds collide? That is the question the conductor poses to the audience in this program tracing the influences of the New World on European orchestral tradition.

But there are musical influences afoot of which the conductor is not aware. Two aliens have descended on the concert hall with their own ideas—and inventions—for influencing “Earth Music.” The result is a concert program that brings important musical concepts to life in a sci-fi thriller featuring an outstanding program of American composers and New World music.

PROGRAM LENGTH

55-60 minutes with listed works

FEATURED WORKS

Don Miller: Overture to Planet X
Don Gillis: Symphony X -1st mvt. – All American City
Aaron Copland: Variations on a Shaker Hymn
Aaron Copland: Hoe-Down from “Rodeo”
Louis Moreau Gottschalk: Festa Criola from “Night in the Tropics”
Morton Gould: American Symphonette No. 2
Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter Song
John Williams: E.T.: The Flying Theme

PERFORMANCES INCLUDE

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
The Cleveland Orchestra
Malaysia Philharmonic Orchestra
National Symphony Orchestra
Oregon Symphony Orchestra
Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal
Pacific Symphony
Phoenix Symphony Orchestra
Seattle Symphony Orchestra
Toronto Symphony Orchestra