The Planets is a lightly immersive music, dance, and theater event in which audience members and performers are all equally present and interwoven throughout the playing space. The Knights and Dance Heginbotham guide the audience through our local celestial environment. Focusing on each planet, Gustav Holst’s masterpiece propels us from the fiery worlds at the core of our solar system to the icy bodies slowly orbiting in the far distance. The culmination of this tour brings our eyes and ears to rest on the one planet Holst excluded from his composition: the pale blue dot.
The Planets, Op. 32
Prelude Interview with Eric Jacobsen and John Heginbotham hosted by Leah Rosenthal
Sunday, August 21 · 2:00 PM · The Atkinson Room
Artists on this program
“One of the most admired pianists of his generation” (New York Times), Inon Barnatan has received universal acclaim for his “uncommon sensitivity” (The New Yorker), “impeccable musicality and phrasing” (Le Figaro), and his stature as “a true poet of the keyboard: refined, searching, unfailingly communicative” (The Evening Standard). A multifaceted musician, Barnatan is equally celebrated as soloist, curator and collaborator.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan started playing the piano at the age of three after his parents discovered he had perfect pitch, and made his orchestral debut at age 11. His musical education connects him to some of the 20th century’s most illustrious pianists and teachers: he studied first with Professor Victor Derevianko, who, himself, studied with the Russian master Heinrich Neuhaus; and in 1997 he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Music with Maria Curcio—a student of the legendary Artur Schnabel—and with Christopher Elton. Today Barnatan performs at all the great halls of the world, collaborating and recording with the top chamber and classical conductors, orchestras, and musicians.