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The Planets by Gustav Holst gets the Pink Floyd treatment

It's no wonder astronomy is the layman's entrée into science. From Star Wars to moon landings to tabloid UFO sightings, we've revealed a perpetual fascination with outer space — even though interference from city lights prevents most of us from seeing beyond Orion's belt or the Big Dipper. Sunday, October 14 (4 p.m.) and Tuesday, October 16 (7:30 p.m.), California Symphony will present Reaching the Outer Limits, a live musical interpretation of Gustav Holst's seven-part HD video suite, The Planets. Less a science documentary than a montage of hypnotic images — i.e., planets floating with slow-motion exquisiteness through a dark void — the video was conceived by Jose Francisco Salgado, a trained physicist and classical music buff who enjoys finding interfaces between science and art. The program will culminate with a special performance by violinist Roy Malan, playing the West Coast premiere of Efrem Zimbalist's Phantasy for Violin and Orchestra on Rimsky-Korsakov's Le Coq d'Or and Leonard Bernstein's Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. A Q&A with the astronomers will follow. Reaching Outer Limits will take place in the Hofmann Theatre at Dean Lesher Center for the Arts. Tickets cost $39-$59. Call 925-943-SHOW or visit


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