Of Heaven and of Earth

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Principal Harp Allegra Lilly took a moment before her rehearsal of Debussy’s Sacred and Profane Dances to try and define the thin line between the sacred and profane. She plays the work at Powell Hall this weekend, and Principal Tuba Michael Sanders plays Vaughan Williams’ Tuba Concerto after her. The ethereal harp and the earthly tuba. From Carmen at the top of the show to Bolero at the end, the theme runs all the way through.

Rehearsal Footwear

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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.

Allegra Lilly's shoes
Allegra Lilly’s shoes

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.