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Bloomington Symphony Orchestra
Space Jams
Sunday, May 22, 2022 at 3:00PM

Buskirk-Chumley Theater
114 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47408

Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? Those questions - and humanity’s fascination with the cosmos - hearken back to our very origins. Since early history, depictions of what might exist in the canopy of stars abound in art, stories, and music.

In the world of symphonic music, one of the most famous and exciting explorations of these questions is Gustav Holst’s beloved The Planets. Holst’s masterwork captures our collective imagination, and has inspired composers since Holst began writing it in 1914. It has also influenced practically every sci-fi movie ever, and has spurred our imaginations to think of what might be out there, in the expanse of outer space.

Join your Bloomington Symphony Orchestra for Space Jams, a cosmic celebration featuring Holst’s beloved masterpiece in its full, expanded, original instrumentation.

Concert options:
1. 3-4pm - Shorter matinee performance: Holst’s The Planets (60 minutes, no intermission)

2. 7-8:45pm - Expanded evening performance: IN addition to The Planets, you will hear Cycles by local film composer Zachary Walter (The Good Catholic, Ms. White Light) which will set the mood for our interstellar voyage. A collaboration with local choir Voces Novae will share stellar music such as Ērik Ešenvalds Stars and Lauren Bernofsky’s O Cosmos. This later show also includes a sci-fi costume contest (come dressed as your favorite sci-fi character!), space-themed visuals to accompany the music, and more! (1hr45min with intermission)

How can I make this evening even more memorable? Glad you asked! To celebrate the end of our season and the very special music we have planned for you, the BSO is hosting a Gala-ctic Party between the two performances at 4:30-6:30pm. Reserve your spot at

Doors open 1 hour before each performance for this reserved seating event. Wearing a mask indoors is strongly encouraged. Vaccine verification or negative covid test results within 48 hours is required to enter the venue. BCT COVID Policy FAQ.