• John Zillioux

Ready to take a musical tour around the solar system? Now you’ve got one more night to do so, as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra is opening up its Thursday dress rehearsal of Holst’s The Planets to the general public. This is a new offering by the CSO, prompted by the concert’s popularity — the Friday and Saturday concerts are nearly sold out.

Attending the dress rehearsal will not only let viewers enjoy the music for a discounted price ($25 for the general public, $15 for students), but they’ll also get the chance to watch a working orchestra on stage. “This is something that is usually a staff perk,” says CSO’s marketing director Nicole Ward. The CSO is especially encouraging those with young musicians in the family to attend, as this will give them a chance to see professional musicians at work.

The program also includes pieces by Verdi and Brahms, with The Planets performed last. This orchestral piece has seven movements with each planet represented by its astrological character, from the dramatic opening with “Mars, the Bringer of War” to “Jupiter, the bringer of Jollity.” Poor little Pluto doesn’t get a movement.

If dress rehearsals aren’t your thing, you can still get tickets to the performances on Friday and Saturday if you act fast.  Both Friday and Saturday’s concerts will also feature pre-concert discussions with guest conductor David Amado from 6:30-7 p.m. It should be an interstellar evening. Tickets are available online at CharlestonSymphony.org or by calling (843) 723-7528, ext. 110.