Holiday Trombones

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This Thursday the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony perform their 21st annual St. Agnes Home Holiday Concert in Kirkwood.

Gerry Pagano at St. Agnes Home
Gerry Pagano at St. Agnes Home

It’s part of the SymphonyCares for Seniors program, but it began with bass trombonist Gerry Pagano driving by St. Agnes Home one day and figuring that they could use some holiday brass. The ensemble has changed a few times, but the residents at St. Agnes keep wanting them to come back for more.

The current ensemble is Pagano, Tim Myers, Amanda Stewart and Jonathan Reycraft. They will all be wearing their Santa caps.

Postcard Thursday

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Son of Long Island Jonathan Reycraft, trombonist for the St. Louis Symphony, heads to the other coast with his family in the summer. They explore the wilds of Seattle.

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They wait for the Kingston Ferry to cross beautiful Puget Sound.

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Reycraft will be back in St. Louis soon and getting to work on some hot trombone parts for Opening Weekend and the All-Strauss program the week after.

Next Postcard Thursday: Principal Timpani Shannon Wood.

Fab Four

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The Fab Four that is the St. Louis Symphony trombone section plays Ludwig van Beethoven’s Three Equali for Four Trombones at Powell Hall Friday and Saturday night. They start the show, alone on stage, and make music with their amazing song machines. Trombone is a very songful instrument, as you’ll hear in this week’s video blog.