The Interlochen Collection: The Planets

Sep 4, 2020

Thor Johnson rehearsing with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra in July 1974
Credit Interlochen Center for the Arts

On this program, we revisit a radio broadcast from July 1974 that featured a complete performance of The Planets by Gustav Holst.

The performance included the World Youth Symphony Orchestra, High School Women's Chorus and student narrators Abbe Sher and Phillip Silverman.

Broadcast live on WIAA (now Interlochen Public Radio), Edward Catton was the radio host for the program.

Program details

July 28, 1974 (Kresge Auditorium/broadcast live on WIAA)

Thor Johnson conducting the World Youth Symphony Orchestra and High School Women's Chorus

Narrators: Abbe Sher and Phillip Silverman

Text preparation: William Dole and Kay Johnson

Poetry: Charles B. Yulish

Radio host: Edward Catton

The archival recordings heard on this program are available thanks in part to The Association for Recorded Sound Collections' Classical Music Preservation Grant, generous support from our listeners, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C. Shafer Foundation.

Thanks to Michael Culler for audio engineering assistance.

Christine Kyprianides and Eileen Ganter provided research support.