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Boise Philharmonic season opener this weekend

The season opener of Boise Philharmonic revolves around "The Planets"


It's all about collaboration at Boise Philharmonic this season. In addition to inviting members of the Boise Master Chorale and the Boise State Chorus and Orchestra to perform at their season premiere on Friday, Sept. 25, the phil has also invited renowned cello soloist Zuill Bailey to be a guest artist.

After the orchestra performs Johannes Brahms' Academic Festival Overture, Bailey will kick off Sir Edward William Elgar's anguished Cello Concerto on his 1693 Matteo cello with a bittersweet solo. Bailey and the orchestra then engage in a "spirited, even boisterous" dialogue before the concerto wraps back around to the first movement's theme.

Finishing off the show, the philharmonic will do a performance of Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Based on astrology rather than astronomy, "The Planets" (which was written before Pluto had been discovered and recently demoted) is divided into seven movements: "Venus," "Mars," "Mercury," "Jupiter," "Saturn," "Uranus" and "Neptune." At the end of the final movement, the chorus will elicit "wordless, disembodied utterances before fading into inky silence."

Friday, Sept. 25, 8 p.m., $17-$36, Brandt Center's Swayne Auditorium, Northwest Nazarene University, 707 Fern St, Nampa; and Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 p.m., $21-$65, Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Lane. For tickets, visit