The St. Louis Symphony performed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to packed houses this past weekend.
But the musicians give their all to SRO audiences or in the most intimate settings. Last Wednesday, prior to the concert in Rolla, Missouri, members of the orchestra taught master classes to soldiers from the 399th Army Band, who drove over from Ft. Leonard Wood.
Gemma New, fresh from her debut with the STL Symphony in Rolla, was in the music room at Clayton High for the first St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal of the season on Saturday.
On Wednesday night there will be more than 10,000 on Art Hill in Forest Park listening to the St. Louis Symphony, led by David Robertson. The atmosphere will be as intense as in a small studio in Rolla, or a music room in Clayton, or a capacity Powell Hall.
The word from Rolla is that they heard a terrific St. Louis Symphony concert Wednesday night, with an exciting debut for Resident Conductor Gemma New. Thursday afternoon the orchestra is back on the Powell Hall stage rehearsing Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. From Schumann to John Williams, these musicians can turn on a dime.
While the orchestra was out of town, the stage crew prepared the big screen for Harry Potter. A layer of Visqueen had torn, and here it gets taped back together on the backside of the screen so light won’t bleed through and all the images remain clear, colorful and Harry Potterfull for the full-houses at Powell.
If you’ve been by Powell Hall recently you may have noticed that it’s been getting a nice spritzing. There’s been a lot of projects, big and small, that have been happening inside and outside of the 91-year-old building this summer. By the time Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone arrives, Powell Hall will be ready. Those of us who work inside…as ready as we’ll ever be.