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A view from the timpani before Harry Potter’s adventures and John Williams’ music begin.

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The Unexpected

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The Music of John Williams concerts have become big holiday hits at Powell Hall. Part of what makes them special is that with John Williams, mostly you think you know what you’re getting, but then you come to a concert and discover music you didn’t think belonged under the John Williams brand. He’s been making music for a long time and for many different audiences: spiky atonal music for an early Robert Altman film and the soaring Coplandesque harmonies to be found in any number of Steven Spielberg movies–those are both John Williams.

Nathan Nabb
Nathan Nabb

This weekend you’ll be able to hear saxophonist Nathan Nabb play music from Spielberg’s film Catch Me If You Can. He’s joined by Principal Percussion Will James on vibraphone. It is one smokin’ piece, and delightfully unexpected.

Gotta Sing!

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I’ve had the pleasure of hanging out with a few chorus members over the years. Members of the chorus always seem to be wickedly fun. They also combine passion, dedication and awesome talent to every concert.

The St. Louis Symphony Chorus is holding auditions Wednesday, August 26 from 5-9pm, for the 2015-16 season. The auditions are open to all voice types. The repertoire this season includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, Holst’s The Planets, and the Music of John Williams in December.

Amy Kaiser heads into season 21 leading the St. Louis Symphony Chorus in 1516. Photo credit: Gerry Love
Amy Kaiser heads into her 21st season leading the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Photo credit: Gerry Love

Chorus Director Amy Kaiser offered the following rhetorical question, “What could be better than Beethoven, Berlioz and John Williams?” If you cannot come up with a good answer to that, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus may be for you.

Gotta sing? Give it a try. Click for info. Contact Chorus Manager Susan Patterson to schedule an audition appointment: susanp@stlsymphony.org.