In Friday’s (10/15) Houston Chronicle, Tara Dooley writes, “The Houston Symphony has taken flight with its ‘planets odyssey’ and landed overseas for its first international tour in more than a decade. Saturday, the symphony finishes an eight-concert stretch that has included shows in Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Manchester and Newcastle. The final two concerts are in London at the Barbican Centre, a large multi-use arts center that is home to the London Symphony Orchestra. … The concerts feature The Planets — An HD Odyssey, a multimedia presentation of Gustav Holst’s musical rendering of some of the planets. The odyssey features a new film by Duncan Copp, commissioned by the orchestra. The work includes new NASA images and is orchestrated to match Holst’s popular music. … In Britain, the concerts have sold out, said Andrew Jamieson, head of touring in the U.K. for IMG Artists, the management company handling the tour for the symphony. … The British tour is the orchestra’s first international trek since it performed in Germany and Switzerland in the summer of 2000.”

Posted October 18, 2010