A Better Monday

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The first graders at Hodgen Elementary School had a better Monday than most of us. St. Louis Symphony musicians Shawn Weil, Tina Ward and Tod Bowermaster paid a visit to Hodgen and taught the schoolchildren about how musical instruments make sounds, and then gave them the violin, clarinet and horn version of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

Left to right: Shawn Weil, Tod Bowermaster and Tina Ward perform "Peter and the Wolf" at Hodgen Elementary School.
Left to right: Shawn Weil, Tod Bowermaster and Tina Ward perform “Peter and the Wolf” at Hodgen Elementary School.

Maybe Symphony musicians could come to various workplaces and make grownups’ Mondays better too.

Creature Features

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Music tells the story this season, and does that in part by portraying characters–Don Quixote, Hamlet, and even the planets in our solar system. There are animal characters as well, in Peter and the Wolf and in Mother Goose Suite, and a totemic wolf in a new double bass concerto by Tan Dun.

To tell animal stories with animal characters this season, the St. Louis Symphony and the Saint Louis Zoo have merged their artistic and educational talents again for a Family Concert (Hoot & Howl at Powell) and Education Concerts in October. A nocturnal theme drives the music and the stories, so you’ll hear Night on Bald Mountain and get to know Luna the Bat.

My Education Department colleagues Jessica Ingraham and Michael Gandlmayr took a trip to the Zoo to work on the script for the shows with their zoological counterparts. And they took some time to visit with a few of the inhabitants on an outlandishly gorgeous day in August.