Fresh of of winning her third Grammy Award for a compilation CD with the London Symphony Orchestra, BPO Musical Director and Classical Conductor JoAnn Faletta led the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in their annual performance of “The Planets”.
But first the BPO perofrmed the Alexander Scriabin composition “Le Poeme de L’extase, Symphony No. 4, Op. 54 (The Poem of Ecstasy).
After the intermission, Falletta and the BPO returned to perform the seven movement 53 minute composition “The Planets” by English composer Gustav Holst.
In a composition that kept the percussion section hopping, “The Planets” paid tribute to all of the planets except Earth and Pluto – which was not discovered until 1930, over a decade after the piece was composed – with “Mars, the Bringer of War” “Venus, the Bringer of Peace”, “Mercury, the Winged Messenger”, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity”, “Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age”, Uranus, the Magician”, and “Neptune, the Mystic”.
In the final movement the Buffalo Girlchoir and the Women’s Choir of Buffalo added their voices as they vocalized sounds from backstage in sounds similar to Siren Song.
While a bit shorter than the usual BPO Classical performances, it was none the less an enjoyable concert.