Frank Zappa's Night School, a work that oozes urban cool, incorporating elements of jazz, rock, funk and western classical traditions, opens this concert with panache.
Described by the New York Times as "mesmerising", the GRAMMY Award nominated Los Angeles Percussion Quartet will make their debut with the CSO, premiering a concerto commissioned to mark the occasion by New Zealand composer James Gardner.
Composed by English composer, Gustav Holst, The Planets has been enthusiastically embraced by audiences since its first performance. Representing the seven different planets of the solar system seen from Earth, this orchestral masterpiece captures the distinct astrological characters of each through colourful and imaginative orchestration.
Benjamin Northey Chief Conductor
Los Angeles Percussion Quartet
ZAPPA Night School
GARDNER Concerto for Percussion Quartet (World Premiere)
HOLST The Planets