Golden Anniversary Gift

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An ensemble of about a dozen St. Louis Symphony musicians were not done with their music-making day after the Lindenwood University concert on Sunday afternoon. They made their way to Ferguson and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church for a Symphony Where You Worship concert. Featured on the program was music by Symphony violist Chris Woehr, who gives more and more of his time to composing each season.

Rehearsal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson
Rehearsal at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson

The evening included two pieces from Woehr’s growing body of work, the premiere performance of The Five Seasons, featuring Jennifer Nitchman on flute, and The Bartholomew Concerto, featuring Phil Ross on oboe and a storyline by Dr. Seuss. Woehr conducted.

Phil Ross and company rehearse "The Bartholomew Concerto."
Phil Ross and company rehearse “The Bartholomew Concerto.”

The concert also served to celebrate the 50th anniversary of longtime St. Louis Symphony fans Maeve and Dave Horton. They commissioned The Five Seasons from Woehr, a nice 50-year gift to themselves, their community, and to music.

Maeve and David Horton with Chris Woehr
Maeve and David Horton with Chris Woehr