Gustav Holst’s The Planets is one of the most frequently played symphonic works from the
20th century. However, this version – for eight trombones and percussion – will be new for you, because it’s been specially written for
Festival 20·21’s 25th birthday. During this opening concert, the planets will come into view one by one, from warmongering Mars to the mystic Neptune. In between planets, the musicians will play the highly mysterious Octet by Georg Friedrich Haas. This evening will surely be a breathtaking experience – literally in the case of the trombonists, and figuratively for the audience.
Gustav Holst: The Planets (arrangement Lars Karlin for 8 trombones and percussion)
Georg Friedrich Haas: Octet
Pieter Bergé, 19:45
OPENING CONCERT OF THE ACADEMIC YEAR KU LEUVEN
Trombone Unit Hannover
You need a lot of both talent and nerve to perform a work written for a whole orchestra on just eight instruments from the same family, but Trombone Unit Hannover have actually made this their trademark. Whether it’s Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet or Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, they keep conjuring up the most improbable timbres and combinations of sounds from their instruments, and before you know it, you’ve forgotten all about the orchestra. Moreover, every performance is a treat for the eyes as well, partly because of the spectacular work by the percussionists.