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Astrology Meets The Concert Hall

One day, the British writer and poet Clifford Bax presented a book about our solar system to his friend, the composer Gustav Holst— and we are all the more fortunate for that. What resulted was one of the staple pieces of the orchestral repertoire, a work that, since its première in 1918, has brought countless audiences the world over joy and emotional stimulation.
Listen in as we explore the backstory behind this superb concert work, and then hear the piece in full.


Gustav Holst The Planets Op. 32; Fawzi Haimor, conducting

Described by The Washington Post as a “dazzling virtuoso,” Daniel Lelchuk was appointed Assistant Principal cellist of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in 2013 by music director Carlos Miguel Prieto; he holds the same position with the New Orleans Opera Association. He has performed at numerous international festivals including those of Aspen, Baden-Baden, Hawaii, Colorado, Lakes Area, Silicon Valley, and Salzburg. He serves as cellist for New Orleans based chamber ensemble Lyrica Baroque. At the invitation of Prince Nicolò Boncompagni Ludovisi, he presented a series of solo cello recitals at the famed Villa Aurora, Rome. A founding member of the Castleton Chamber Players with violinist Eric Silberger, Daniel Lelchuk served from 2010-2014 as principal cellist of the Castleton Festival under Maestro Lorin Maazel.