Postcard Thursday

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Violist Chris Tantillo has been on Colorado hiking trails and golf courses, on a Missouri lake and at Busch Stadium, among other places, this summer. Here’s his summer-vacation report:

“So far, I’ve had a very fun and relaxing summer. I mainly stuck around St. Louis, teaching my students, but was able to get out of town a few times as well. My wife Rebecca and I took a trip to Denver, where we hiked some trails in Rocky Mountain National Park, explored the area and went to some fantastic restaurants.

Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado
Rocky Mountain National Park

“I went back to Denver a second time with some friends and colleagues for our annual Mancation golfing extravaganza.

Mancation
Mancation

“We also spent many weekends swimming and kayaking in Innsbrook, MO, where my in-laws have a lake house.

Innsbrook, MO
Innsbrook, MO
Chris and Rebecca @ Innsbrook
Chris and Rebecca @ Innsbrook

“And of course, Rebecca and I went to a few Cardinals games, which are always a blast!”

Chris and Rebecca @ Busch Stadium. Go Cards!
Chris and Rebecca @ Busch Stadium. Go Cards!

Next Postcard Thursday: Second violinist Andrea Jarrett

Otra Vez

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Last week I posted photos of the activities going on outside of the concert hall for the On Stage at Powell tango night, featuring Cortango Orquesta. This week, thanks to photographer Joe Schmidt, here are pictures of the show.

Claudia Cortes and Mauro Peralta
Claudia Cortes and Mauro Peralta
Cortes and Peralta with the full Cortango Orquesta ensemble
Cortes and Peralta with the full Cortango Orquesta ensemble
Left to right: STL Symphony musicians (aka Cortango Orquesta) Melissa Brooks, David DeRiso, Chris Tantillo, Asako Kuboki, Cally Banham
Left to right: STL Symphony musicians (aka Cortango Orquesta) Melissa Brooks, David DeRiso, Chris Tantillo, Asako Kuboki, Cally Banham
Cally Banham and Adam Maness
Cally Banham and Adam Maness
Cortes and Peralta
Cortes and Peralta

Musicians from that evening who are not pictured: Symphony flutist Andrea Kaplan and Cortango pianist Adam De Sorgo.

Living Composer Live!

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Thursday night is the first On Stage at Powell concert of the season. That’s where you get to sit on stage with the musicians, making for an especially intimate concert experience and an easy concert series to name.

Samuel Adams, Photo credit: Ben Tarquin
Samuel Adams, Photo credit: Ben Tarquin

A Symphony string quartet made up of violinists Ann Fink and Helen Kim, violist Chris Tantillo and cellist Bjorn Ranheim play works by Haydn and Samuel Adams. Since Adams is the living composer, and in town, we’re putting him to use. He’ll be on stage to talk about both the Haydn quartet and his own, giving insights into how they relate. Adam Crane will be on hand to interview Adams, and I’ll be bringing around the microphone so audience members can ask questions and share responses.

Thursday, September 24 at 7pm. It’s free. It’s On Stage at Powell.

Wild Things

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Monday morning Wild Things came to the Powell Hall stage. Two onstage concerts were performed for pre-schoolers, teachers and parents from Grace Hill Head Start. The good folks from the PNC Grow Up Great program helps make this all happen.

The story was Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, with music by Ravel and Shostakovich. A string quartet made up of Jooyeon Kong, first violin; Eva Kozma, second violin; Chris Tantillo, viola; and Alvin McCall, cello made the sounds that made the children dance, and sway like trees, and bend like ocean waves, and growl like wild things.

Wild Things Selfie
Wild Things Selfie

Max was the superb actor Moses Weathers. He and I took a selfie together in the middle of the show.

Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi played the role of the conductor. Eva Kozma also served as music director.

We do it again next week for more Grace Hill Head Start kids. Thanks PNC Grow Up Great for helping the Symphony to fulfill its mission: to enrich people’s lives through the power of music.