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Experience the Planets with the Idaho National Laboratory

  • Civic Center for the Performing Arts 501 South Holmes Avenue Idaho Falls, ID, 83401 United States (map)

What’s interesting about this concert?

  • Many iconic movie soundtracks reference Mars: The Bringer of War. There’s even a story that’s floated around that George Lucas asked John Williams to make Darth Vader’s theme sound like Mars.

  • When Gustav Holst wrote The Planets, Pluto had not yet been discovered. Many people have attempted to compose a movement for the piece, but now that Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet, Holst’s suite truly is complete.

  • The Idaho National Laboratory has made several contributions to space exploration, namely in working on batteries strong enough to go into outer space - as far as Pluto!

Thomas says:


Richard Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks (15 minutes)

Gustav Holst, The Planets (51 minutes)

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
Neptune, the Mystic

Community Connections

This concert is made possible thanks to:

Education Partner: The Idaho National Laboratory
Concert Partners: Arthur & Annelies Kull and Fluor Idaho