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Peter Oundjian closes Philharmonia season with celestial program

Featuring Mozart's Jupiter Symphony and Holsts's The Planets
April 26, 2016

Peter Oundjian

The Yale School of Music presents the Yale Philharmonia with conductor Peter Oundjian on FridayApril 29 at 7:30 pm. Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in its season closer featuring Mozart’s Symphony No. 41 in C major, “Jupiter”, and Holst’s The Planets

Symphony No. 41 in C major, Mozart’s final symphony, was written within the same six-week period as Symphonies 39 and 40. The work is of unusually large scale for the classical period and is full of exuberance and humor, qualities which likely earned the work its “Jupiter” nickname. It is widely considered one of Mozart’s most innovative works and has been called “the greatest orchestral work of the world which proceeded the French Revolution” by music scholar Sir George Grove.

Holst‘s famous symphonic suite The Planets has enjoyed enduring popularity since the time of its premiere. Holst dedicates each of the work’s seven movements to one of the planets and it’s corresponding astrological character: Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Mercury, the Winged Messenger; Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; Uranus, the Magician; and Neptune, the Mystic.  

The concert takes place at Woolsey Hall (500 College Street, New Haven). Tickets start at $10, $5 for students; there is a $3 surcharge when purchasing at the door (after 4pm in Woolsey Hall).