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The Jazz Orchestra Of Philadelphia Embarks On A Breathtaking Exploration Of Space Accompanied By A World Premiere Reimagined Jazz Arrangement Of Gustav Holst's The Planets During The Philadelphia International Festival Of The Arts June 8, 2018

Posted on April 30, 2018

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Witness the world premiere jazz arrangement of #ThePlanets by @JOPhillyOrg paired with the incredible images of space from @NASA 6/8 at the @KimmelCenter during #PIFA2018!  Tickets on sale now! More info @kimmelcenter.org/pifa

 

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THE JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA EMBARKS ON A BREATHTAKING EXPLORATION OF SPACE ACCOMPANIED BY A WORLD PREMIERE REIMAGINED JAZZ ARRANGEMENT OF GUSTAV HOLST’S THE PLANETS DURING THE KIMMEL CENTER’S PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS JUNE 8, 2018

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Philadelphia, PA, April 30, 2018) – The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform a world premiere reimagined jazz arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets conducted by Terell Stafford as part of the Kimmel Center’s 2018 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA).  After the Houston Symphony’s wildly popular UK tour that The Guardian called “an experience that is genuinely out of this world,” the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform alongside the Duncan Copp film, The Planets: An HD Odyssey. It features spectacular images of the Solar System from NASA that will be projected on a large screen in Verizon Hall, Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8 p.m. The soundtrack was arranged by Joseph Block, a former student of the Kimmel Center’s own Creative Music Program (Venus); Todd Bashore (Mars & Mercury); Jack Saint Clair (Jupiter); Mark Allen (Saturn & Uranus); and Nick Lombardelli (Neptune).

 

“The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia is one of our most beloved partnerships, and we are thrilled that they are performing a world premiere symphony during PIFA 2018,” said Anne Ewers, President and CEO of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. “We can’t wait to see the gorgeous planets on a large screen in Verizon Hall and hear this beautiful new arrangement of Gustav Holst’s The Planets.”

 

Thanks to NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratories, The Planets: An HD Odyssey features incredible images from space showing audiences up close and extraordinary views of our Solar System.  Performed by a live Jazz Orchestra for the first time, experience the stunning sights of Mars, Mercury, Saturn, and more.

 

A special opening act for this performance will be The Jazz Ambassadors Jazztet of The United States Army Field Band. It is composed of members of the Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band, the Army’s premier touring jazz orchestra. It was developed in the legendary style of Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.   

 

Other featured upcoming performances at the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus include: Cristal Palace (June 1-10, 2018, banks of the Schuylkill River), Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music Part I (June 2, 2018, Merriam Theater), Doggie Hamlet (June 3-4, 2018, Belmont Plateau), Tape Riot (June 5-8, 2018, city locations revealed to ticket buyers), Taylor Mac: A 24-Decade History of Popular Music Part II (June 9, 2018, Merriam Theater), and Disney’s Aladdin (June 13-July 1, 2018, Academy of Music).

 

THE PLANETS: AN HD ODYSSEY FEATURING THE JAZZ ORCHESTRA OF PHILADELPHIA

Verizon Hall

June 8, 2018, 8:00 p.m.

 

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now and start at $45.00. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215-893-1999, online at www.kimmelcenter.org/pifa, or at the Kimmel Center Box Office. Group sales are available for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased by calling 215-790-5883. See www.kimmelcenter.org/pifa for more information.

 

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Located in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia, the Kimmel Center’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience through diverse programming, arts education, and community outreach. The Kimmel Center Campus is comprised of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts (Verizon Hall, Perelman Theater, SEI Innovation Studio, and the Merck Arts Education Center), the Academy of Music (owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra Association), and the Merriam Theater. The Kimmel Center is also home to eight Resident Companies: The Philadelphia Orchestra, Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, The Philly POPS, PHILADANCO, The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and Curtis Institute of Music. With nearly 9,000 seats per night, The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is the region’s most impactful performing arts center, and the second largest in the country. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank, is the season sponsor of the Kimmel Center’s 2017-2018 Season. American Airlines is the official airline of Broadway Philadelphia. For additional information, visit www.kimmelcenter.org.

 

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