Contenders

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It’s curious to ask St. Louis Symphony musicians to find their inner Brando. Although the goal was to approximate the famous “I coulda been a contender” line from On the Waterfront, I heard Streetcar Named Desire Brandos, Godfather Brandos and a few personally imagined Brandos. Whether these impersonations conform within the ideals of method acting or not probably doesn’t matter. You can find the real deal–Marlon Brando and Rod Steiger sharing ultimate truths in a car–via YouTube and compare, or just appreciate these brave contenders all on their own. And the best thing is you can hear the gorgeous Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Suite from On the Waterfront at Powell Hall this weekend.