MTT conducts Also sprach Zarathustra: An Open Rehearsal

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R. Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra is a force to be reckoned with. MTT and the Orchestra celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of R. Strauss with this symphonic spectacular made famous in the Stanley Kubrick classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, and now firmly ensconced in both the classical repertory and pop culture. Other works from the film—like J. Strauss Jr.’s lilting By the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz and Ligeti’s Lux aeterna (representing the lunar landscape) as well as American Masterpieces by Foss and Ives complete the program.

Katharine Hanrahan Open Rehearsal is a working rehearsal. The pieces rehearsed are at the conductor’s discretion. View the full event.


Ragnar Bohlin


San Francisco Symphony



“…then the rocks on the mountain began to shout” – Charles Ives


Three Places in New England

J. Strauss, Jr.

By the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz


Lux aeterna

R. Strauss

Also sprach Zarathustra

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2001: A Space Odyssey opening scene with Also sprach Zarathustra.

The BBC Philharmonic with conductor Juanjo Mena performs the powerful Thus spake Zarathustra at the 2012 London Proms.

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  1. Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 10:00am

    Davies Symphony Hall 

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Pre-Rehearsal Breakfast and Talk

This special behind-the-scenes experience begins at 8:30am with coffee and complimentary donuts followed by a half-hour informative talk at 9am.