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Total Eclipse: The Sun and The Planets

In-Theatre Performance

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Location Date and Time
Schuster Center April 5, 2024 7:30 pm
Schuster Center April 6, 2024 7:30 pm


Carl Nielsen Helios Overture, Op. 17 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concerto No. 16 in D major, K. 451 

Gustav Holst The Planets, Op. 32 

About the Program

Neal Gittleman leads this celestial celebration honoring the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. The evening begins with Nielsen’s Helios Overture, a day in the life of the sun. Later, Holst’s cosmic tour de force takes center stage. From powerful and commanding to eerie and ethereal, the work has served as a source of inspiration for composers like John Williams and Hans Zimmer. Midway through the concert, Richard Dowling performs Mozart’s exuberant Piano Concert No. 16.

Featured Artists

Richard Dowling, piano

Neal Gittleman, conductor

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra

Women of the Dayton Philharmonic Chorus

Steven Hankle, director