Space Jam: Canton Symphony’s Earth–HD Odyssey MasterWorks Series

By Jara Anton

Space. Still the final frontier. We’re obsessed with the unknown, we flock to movies about it, devour every morsel of space-related research. But what’s the view like? What does our planet look like from space? I’ve never been to space. But. If I had, I’d think long and hard about the playlist I’d take with me. But what musical arrangements are epic enough to stream while I’m staring out the window into space?! Yes, it’s a difficult question. Luckily, there are answers and the Canton Symphony Orchestra has it dialed in.

Earth (formerly a film titled Orbit) is the second movie commissioned by the Houston symphony will be at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on Saturday Jan 23 at 8pm. The Canton Symphony Orchestra will be performing a solid program to some of the most vivid and adventurous images of space that you’ve ever seen. NASA opened the vault to share the borderline magical pictures of the view from space. You’ll be treated to a vision of the world you’ve yet to see from 200 miles up. Our giant blue marble comes to life. Be amazed as you enjoy tropical storms, varying shades of ice movement, and varying shades of the oceans. Plankton blooms will splash bejeweled colors across your eyes while you enjoy the Canton Symphony’s performance.

The musical performance will include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 5 and John Adams’ Short Ride in a Fast Machine. See below for a sampling. However, most notable is Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra. If you’re not sure, it was most notably used in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey. Fun fact: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Thus Spoke Zarathustra or Thus Spake Zarathustra) is technically categorized as a “tone poem” by Richard Strauss, it was inspired by Nietzsche’s philosophical novel of the same name.

Earth—An HD Odyssey MasterWorks Series will only be in town for the night, tickets will go fast.

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