Postcard Thursday

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This week’s postcard comes from second violinist Jooyeon Kong.

Jooyeon postcard-shore“My husband Adam and I are spending time in the Pacific Northwest and these shots are taken on Lummi Island. Water, mountain and gorgeous sunsets keep us coming back. We got married nearby in Bellingham.

“See you in September!”

Jooyeon postcard-rockNext Postcard Thursday: first violinist Ann Fink.

Wild Things

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Monday morning Wild Things came to the Powell Hall stage. Two onstage concerts were performed for pre-schoolers, teachers and parents from Grace Hill Head Start. The good folks from the PNC Grow Up Great program helps make this all happen.

The story was Maurice Sendak’s classic Where the Wild Things Are, with music by Ravel and Shostakovich. A string quartet made up of Jooyeon Kong, first violin; Eva Kozma, second violin; Chris Tantillo, viola; and Alvin McCall, cello made the sounds that made the children dance, and sway like trees, and bend like ocean waves, and growl like wild things.

Wild Things Selfie
Wild Things Selfie

Max was the superb actor Moses Weathers. He and I took a selfie together in the middle of the show.

Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi played the role of the conductor. Eva Kozma also served as music director.

We do it again next week for more Grace Hill Head Start kids. Thanks PNC Grow Up Great for helping the Symphony to fulfill its mission: to enrich people’s lives through the power of music.

4 X 4

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Four Seasons. Four St. Louis Symphony violinists. As Jooyeon Kong, who plays Autumn, says, “What’s not to love?”