The Blue Marble that is our home has never before been seen with such crystal clarity now that NASA has captured the most beautiful high-definition pictures of Earth. The Houston Symphony celebrates this new look at our planet with Orbit: An HD Odyssey. The concert weds these incredible images to four musical works. There’s Strauss’s “Also sprach Zarathustra,” which many of us remember as the theme for 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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In addition, the audience can look forward to a rising work done by Texas-born composer Christopher Theofanidis in the form of “Rainbow Music.” The spectacular composition, which in just a decade has become popular enough to have been performed by more than 100 orchestras worldwide, builds to a beautiful and dynamic climax that should more than do justice to NASA’s snapshots of Earth. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713‑227‑3974 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $22 to $109.
Sat., Feb. 18, 2012