Then & Now 9/21: From Holst to Holt
On this date in 1874, English composer Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham. He was born Gustavus Theodore von Holst, and his early works were published under the name "Gustav von Holst," but he removed the Germanic "von" after World War I broke out in 1914.
Now if you remove the “s” from Holst, you get Holt. Ok, I know that was a stretch, but I wanted to let you know that local pianist Joseph Holt will be featured on the first Artist Series Concerts of the season on September 23rd with a concert with cellist Natalie Helm, in a program called “Romance of the Cello.” The program includes sonatas by Beethoven and Rachmaninoff and music by Olivier Messaien. Details on these concerts are online at www.artistseriesconcerts.org