Thursday, February 23, 2023, 7:30 PM

Celestial Sounds

Gustav Holst was not the first composer to look up at the night sky and find music in the mysterious expanse of the universe when he wrote his famous suite The Planets. He certainly wasn’t the last, either—an astonishing number of artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have tried to capture the majesty, terror, and sheer emptiness of outer space in sound. David Ludwig’s Spiral Galaxy, which will be heard on this concert, is one such work; this playlist gathers other space-inspired chamber music, including several pieces that have appeared or have been premiered in CMS performances (namely, George Crumb’s Celestial Mechanics, Kenneth Frazelle’s Fiddler’s Galaxy, and David Dzubay’s String Quartet No. 1).