Oh, the Places We Go

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Since I was working on the next Family Concert program, The Zany World of Dr. Seuss, (Sunday, March 13, 3:00pm), a Dr. Seuss title easily came to mind. The places the St. Louis Symphony Education and Community programs went this weekend included:

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal, Steven Jarvi conductor, Aidan Ip, soloist, at Powell Hall
St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal, Steven Jarvi conductor, Aidan Ip, soloist, at Powell Hall

St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal on the Powell Hall stage. Aidan Ip is a YO Concerto Competition Co-Winner rehearsing Conus’s Violin Concerto in E minor with the orchestra on Saturday afternoon. Leah Piepert, the other Co-Winner, will be performing Hüe’s Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra in the same YO concert, Friday, March 18, 8:00pm. Free!

Salem United Methodist Church
Salem United Methodist Church

On Sunday evening, February 28, the entire congregation at Salem United Methodist Church rose to its feet to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, under the leadership of Kevin McBeth, was also joined by Associate Principal Clarinet Diana Haskell for “Amazing Grace” in this Symphony Where You Worship concert.

Kristin Ahlstrom and Eva Kozma at the SLU Cancer Center
Kristin Ahlstrom and Eva Kozma at the SLU Cancer Center

Monday morning, February 29, Symphony violinists Kristin Ahlstrom and Eva Kozma performed in the infusion room at SLU Cancer Center, making a number of patients’ chemo treatments much less stressful. Patients actually schedule their treatments so they can take in a concert, part of the SymphonyCares program.

Intimate Scale

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Lars Vogt has been playing Schumann’s Piano Concerto for close to thirty years, and he is still making discoveries, he told me. He was very excited about his first rehearsal with the orchestra and guest conductor John Storgards on Thursday afternoon. Vogt talked about the warmth the orchestra was finding in the concerto, and he praised Diana Haskell for the colors she was bringing to the piece. This is his first time with Storgards, and Vogt found immediately that they shared the same musical language. “You can tell he’s played a lot of chamber music,” Vogt said. This is a work for piano and orchestra, but all involved are relating to the music-making on the most intimate scale. “Not many orchestras can do that like this one does,” Vogt affirmed.

Lars Vogt
Lars Vogt

Tales of the E-flat Clarinet

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Associate Principal Clarinet Diana Haskell plays E-flat clarinet on Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, and that’s just the beginning of the story.