Principal Harp Allegra Lilly performs Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances at Powell Hall this weekend. She had her first full rehearsal with David Robertson and the strings of the St. Louis Symphony on Wednesday afternoon. All the sounds you love the harp for–the ethereal qualities, the liquid textures, the dreaminess–they’re all here. Plus Debussy’s impressionism–whatever divides the sacred and profane is more air than solid.
A rehearsal allows a performer to feel comfortable with the conductor and orchestra, with tempos and colors, and with wardrobe. Lilly tried her concert shoes on Wednesday. They work.