Out of this world with the SSO and Robert Spano

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Robert Spano, the Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony, makes his Singapore debut on May 8 conducting the SSO in two sonic spectaculars with extra-terrestrial associations at the Esplanade Concert Hall.

Strauss’ tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra was inspired by Nietzsche’s philosophical novel celebrating human power and energy, and the philosophy of the Superman, but it became massively popular after the use of its opening sequence in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Holst’s great orchestral suite The Planetsdemands a huge orchestra which includes an organ, two unusual woodwind instruments (the bass flute and bass oboe). Its seven movements reflect the astrological characters of the seven planets then known (excluding Earth).

Conductor, pianist, composer and pedagogue, Robert Spano is a musician driven by exploration and innovation. Serving Atlanta as Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2001, he is also Music Director of the Aspen Music Festival and School.  His discography of 21 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon, Telarc and ASO Media has garnered six Grammy Awards. Born in 1961 in Ohio, Spano grew up in a musical family, composing and playing flute, violin and piano. Robert Spano was named Musical America’s Conductor of the Year in 2008.

Date & time

8 May 2015 (Friday), 7.30pm

Pre-Concert Talk: 6.30pm, library@esplanade

Venue

Esplanade Concert Hall

Performers

Singapore Symphony Orchestra

Robert Spano, conductor

Programme

STRAUSS                  Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (33’)

HOLST                        The Planets (51’)

Tickets are available from SISTIC hotline: 6348 5555, website: www.sistic.com.sg, SISTIC counters islandwide and Esplanade Box Office.

Photocredits : Google Images and http://www.ojaifestival.org/

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