'The Planets': Quincy Symphony Orchestra adds visual component to season finale

The Planets at Millennium Park- Jupiter (II)
Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity. Composer: Gustav Holst; Music: Chicago Sinfonietta/L Donner; Film: JF Salgado. Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL.
José Francisco Salgado PhD President
Posted: Apr. 15, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Apr. 16, 2018 12:55 pm

QUINCY -- Josť Francisco Salgado's passion for astronomy began when he found one of his father's books on the moon landing.

"I was captivated by the fact that we visited another world and the technology that took us there," says Salgado. "I wanted to study space. I didn't even know the word Ďastronomy.'"

Following that passion, he become an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and an adjunct professor at Benedictine University. Salgado applied his skills in illustration and photography to create astronomy-themed artwork to inspire others.

One of his flagship projects is Science & Symphony Films, which consist of live performances of classical music accompanied by high-definition video.

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra has teamed up with Salgado for a Science & Symphony performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. Under the direction of Bruce Briney, the orchestra will perform Gustav Holst's "The Planets" as Salgado's critically acclaimed film plays on Morrison Theater's new 20-foot projection screen.

The screen and accompanying technology is a gift to the Quincy Junior High through a collaborative effort of the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, Quincy Public Schools, QPS Foundation, the Marion Gardner Jackson Trust and Encore! Symphony Volunteer Council.

Salgado says audiences may expect a "pretty slideshow," but, instead, he created "a film that augments the music instead of competing for attention. It gives the impression that the film came first and then someone scored the music, when in fact, it's the opposite."

He'll also discuss the creation of Science and Symphony films prior to "The Planets" performance.

The orchestra will also debut the newly commissioned work "Steel and Smoke" by Illinois composer Jacob Bancks, based loosely on the poem by Carl Sandburg. The QSO commissioned Bancks to write the piece to honor Briney's 10th year as conductor, which coincides with the organization's 70th anniversary.

The Quincy Symphony Chorus, Quincy Area Youth Chorus, John Wood Community College Choir and Quincy University choirs will join for a performance of movements from "Sunrise Mass" by Ola Gjeilo. Phyllis Robertson directs the Symphony Chorus. Paul Shelor and Amy Walker direct the Youth Chorus.

The grand prize drawing for the 13th annual QSOA Raffle will be held at the conclusion of the intermission. Raffle proceeds support the many programs of the QSOA. The grand prize of $1,000, second place prize of two "Hamilton" tickets, third place prize of two SkyWest round trip tickets to Chicago and fourth place prize of two QSOA season tickets will be awarded. Raffle tickets are on sale for $10 each or 12 for $100, and may be purchased at the concert, in advance from any orchestra, chorus, Encore! or board member, or by calling the office at 217-222-2856.

Tickets for "The Planets" are available in advance at Quincy Hy-Vee locations, County Market locations, Sturhahn Jewelers, the symphony office or Tickets are $15 for seniors and $18 for adults. Support from the Tracy Family Foundation allows children 18 and younger to be admitted free to all QSO concerts. Students, faculty and staff of Quincy University, Hannibal-LaGrange University and Culver-Stockton College are admitted free by showing their school identification.

The Golden Baton season sponsors are Knapheide Manufacturing Company and Blessing Health System. The program is also supported by concert sponsor Mercantile Bank; music sponsor Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell; media sponsor WGEM; the Illinois Arts Council Agency; Quincy Service League; and the Irwin Family Fund through the Community Foundation of the Quincy Area.

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