Marie Drake Planetarium

Where the stars always shine in Juneau, Alaska

Cosmic Adventure with the Juneau Symphony

Two concerts at JDHS, Feb. 2 and 3rd, 2002


The text below is from the symphony's program.


The Planets, Suite for Large Orchestra, Op. 32 (1917)

By Holst (1874-1934)

  1. Mars, the Bringer of War
  2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
  3. Mercury, the Winged Messeger
  4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
  5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
  6. Uranus, the Magician
  7. Neptune, the Mystic

Quotes from Music Director, Kyle Wiley Pickett

".. this program will feature images of space during the last movement of Holst's The Planets. This has been an interesting project to put together, and I thank Bruce Simonson for all his work to produce this part of the program."

The Planets is one of the most beloved works in the orchestral repertoire, and is certainly Gustav Holst's best known piece. 

Each movement in this work suggest a completely different mood. The listener is transported to the different planets through vivid imagery.

If you are wondering why there are only seven planets rather than eight (Earth is not included here), it is because Pluto had not yet been discovered. Later composers have written music for Pluto.


The Planets
(Feb. 2 and 3)

Juneau Symphony presents music, images of the cosmos with participation of planetarium volunteers helped with slide show of Hubble and other photographs accompany performance of Holst's 'The Planets' by the Juneau Symphony.

Jan. Juneau Empire article quote from Riley Woodford
Juneau Symphony presenting "a visually adventurous rendition of Holst's popular suite "The Planets." "Holst's music in "The Planets" may conjure visions of the cosmos in the imagination, but the symphony will make sure the audience sees galaxies, nebulae and our solar system in the auditorium."

"The symphony has arranged to have about 50 astronomical images, photographed through the orbiting Hubble telescope and from an observatory in Australia, projected during the concert. Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium also will be on hand in the lobby with hands-on displays and astronomy exhibits"

In Program
Marie Drake Planetarium
Alaska's Capital City has a unique resource:  the Marie Drake Planetarium. The planetarium's 30-foot diameter domed-ceiling is ht 'screen' allowing images from a  sophisticated projector to model movements of the planets and stars in the daily, seasonal, annual and millennial patterns , as seen from any point on Earth.

Programs are presented by a group of dedicated volunteers. The Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium welcome yu to their programs, and also welcome you to join their group, learn more about astronomy, and help create and present their shows!

Acknowledgements and further information
Thanks to Planetarium volunteers Michael Orelove, Scot Tiernan, Jason Ginter, Steve Kocsis, Patty Zimmerman, Eirik Kellogg and Chad Guertin

Planetarium web address and image sources included. Most photos taken by professional astronomer David Malin.