Terre Haute Symphony “Planets & Star Wars”

Our opening concert is a celebration of the year of astronomy

The Terre Haute Symphony directed by David Bowden opens their 2009-10 Season with “Planets and Star Wars.”

“Our opening concert is a celebration of the year of astronomy. We’re collaborating with the Terre Haute Children’s Museum. The concert will be using a variety of musical, visual and theatrical resources.”

“Our opening number is The Planets by the English composer Gustav Holst. Holst’s music was a model for John Williams as he wrote his music for the film Star Wars. That’s a closer for our program and we’ll even have a light saber dual and costumed characters from the movie. By the way, all the publisher sent me for the Holst is a piano reduction, so during the first rehearsal I’ll be waving my baton and seeing who plays what. ”

“We also dig into a variety of sources for music to fit our theme. There’s the Music of the Spheres Waltz by Strauss, Horner and Moss’s music for Apollo 13 , the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven and Debussy’s Clair de Lune.”

Bowden has been the Music Director of the Terre Haute Symphony for a number of years. How have things changed? “Well, I think it’s been a developing artistic and group sense. We have a number of musicians who’ve been with us for years and as we get new members, they’re sort of introduced into and become part of our style and culture.”

Terre Haute Symphony directed by David Bowden
“Planets & Star Wars
Tilson Music Hall
September 26, 2009 at 7:30

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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