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Out of this World
Sarah Hicks
principal conductor
of the Minnesota
Orchestra’s Live at
Orchestra Hall concert
series, of which this
season’s highlights
include a staging
of Rodgers and
concerts with trumpeters
Chris Botti and Charles
Lazarus, and screenings
of the films
Singin’ in the Rain
Disney’s Fantasia
the scores performed live. She also conducts the Inside the
Classics series, which returns to Orchestra Hall in March
2015. During the 2014-15 season she makes return visits to
the San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony and Alabama
Symphony, and she debuts with the Santa Fe Symphony, Tokyo
Philharmonic, Edmonton Symphony, New Jersey Symphony,
Nagoya Philharmonic and Kansai Philharmonic. In 2011
she toured with British rock icon Sting, leading 31 concerts
over two months in venues throughout Europe. For more
information, visit
Christopher Lloyd
known to many as the eccentric
inventor Emmett “Doc” Brown
in the
Back to the Future
trilogy, has won legions of fans
for his appearances on stage,
television and cinema. Since
starting his career in theater, he
has played roles in more than
200 plays, including a star turn
that earned him a
Drama Desk Award, as well as
performances from Broadway
Shakespeare in the Park
. His television appearances include
a two-year run as Jim Ignatowski on
, for which he won
two Emmy Awards, and a guest appearance in
Road to Avonlea
that earned him another Emmy. He has been seen on the silver
screen in such films as
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
to Do in Denver When You’re Dead
Eight Men Out
The Addams
Angels in the Outfield
Star Trek III: The Search for
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
The mysteries of the universe have inspired artists as long as anyone can remember.
French impressionist Claude Debussy suggested the delicate beauty of moonlight
Clair de lune
(1890), while English composer Gustav Holst painted a large-scale
orchestral portrait of the solar system in
The Planets
(1918), whose colorful subtitles
(Mars, the Bringer of War, Mercury, the Winged Messenger, Jupiter, the Bringer of
Jollity) indicate a fascination with astrology as much as astronomy.
Filmmakers—equally captivated by the heavens, the possibilities of space
exploration, and intelligent life beyond our planet—have used music in remarkably
different, but often highly effective, ways. Stanley Kubrick’s landmark science-fiction
2001: A Space Odyssey
(1968) drew upon existing classical works including the
triumphant opening of Richard Strauss’ tone poem
Also Sprach Zarathustra
and the graceful
On the Beautiful Blue Danube
waltz (1867) by Johann Strauss, Jr.
Television producer Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of the future spawned
(1966), which eventually launched a series of films and four more TV shows,
all scored with gusto by such talented orchestral composers as Alexander Courage,
Jerry Goldsmith, Dennis McCarthy and Jay Chattaway. Oscar winner John Williams,
meanwhile, became Hollywood’s resident science fiction composer with the complex
music of
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
(1977), the thrilling sounds of no fewer
than six
Star Wars
movies (1977 to 2005, with another currently in the works) and
the magical
E.T., the Extra-Terrestrial
This music has become the soundtrack of an entire generation of listeners—music of
imagination, excitement and adventure.
Program Note by
Jon Burlingame
of this
This concert includes film footage by astronomer and visual artist José Francisco Salgado, Ph.D., including visuals from NASA.
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