The Planets

ProMedica Masterworks

Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle

February 2 - 3, 2018

Concert Time: 8:00 pm

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Manuel López-Gómez, conductor

Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra
Holst – The Planets

Embark on the ultimate celestial experience - Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s epic Planets like never before. Part of TSO in HD, large screens flank the Peristyle stage for an immersive look at our phenomenal musicians. This event is not to be missed.


Program Notes


Conductor Manuel López-Gómez is taking the musical world by storm as one of the most exciting talents to emerge from Venezuela’s internationally renowned music program, “El Sistema”. Maestro José Antonio Abreu, Founder of El Sistema, wrote: “thanks to his exceptional human spirit, high sense of professional responsibility, and authentic artistic vision, Manuel is one of the principal and most brilliant leaders of the musical process in Venezuela.”

In the past seasons, Manuel has made a highly successful debut with Washington’s National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Centre, in a program of North and South American music.

Following hugely successful debuts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France and Gothenburg Symphony, Manuel is increasingly recognized as a guest conductor of visionary and inspiring capabilities.

Manuel López-Gómez began his musical life in violin, piano, chamber music and composition. He performed in the violin section of the Simon Bolivar Orchestra for many years, where his talent for conducting was noticed early on and nurtured by his mentor Maestro Abreu. Following early projects assisting Gustavo Dudamel both with symphony orchestra and opera projects (La boheme, La traviata and Don Giovanni), Manuel has distinguished himself as a conductor in his own right.

Active also in opera, Manuel conducted the world-debut of the recently orchestrated opera Atahualpa by Carlo Enrico Pasta in Lima, Perú, where he shortly returned to conduct a production of Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. In the summer of 2015, he conducted a production of Il Viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Italy.

In October 2014, Manuel assembled and conducted an orchestra of various El Sistema musicians for a televised performance at the UN General Assembly in New York City, with Lang Lang as soloist.

Highlights from the most recent seasons included his return to the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France as well as performances with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Brussels Philharmonic, the Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, the Württembergische Philharmonie in Germany, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, the Sydney Symphony and Pacific Symphony. Other projects included a debut with the Rotterdam Philharmonic and a return to the Gothenburg Symphony orchestra together with Sistema musicians. In September 2016, he led a production of the Marriage of Figaro in Kristiansand, Norway.

The 17/18 season sees Manuel conduct several performances of La Boheme at the Paris Opera, sharing the production with Gustavo Dudamel.


Listen to fourth movement, “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity,” from Holst's The Planets.


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