Members of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra set up to play some Halloween music at the Saint Louis Zoo on Saturday. All they needed was a conductor, or conductors. A number of folks came up–in costume, no less–took the baton, and led the band.
The St. Louis Symphony completed its first series of Education Concerts of the 1415 season on Wednesday, with a great assist from the Saint Louis Zoo, as well as from Rimsky-Korsakov (Flight of the Bumblebee), Saint-Saens (Carnival of the Animals), Copland (Hoe Down) and Henry Mancini (Baby Elephant Walk). Here’s how it looked.
The St. Louis Symphony thanks its partner the Saint Louis Zoo, as well as presenting sponsor Booksource, for helping to make it all happen. And thank you to the schools, teachers, chaperones and schoolchildren. Come again!
The first Family Concert of the season, Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo, was about a lot of things–animals, how music makes animal sounds, how animals make musical sounds–but it was largely about fun.
Everyone had a bee-utiful time. Great big kudos go to Director of Education Berakiah Boone for making a whole lot happen and keeping it all fun.
The Symphony weekend calendar is full and the season hasn’t even officially started. Saturday morning was the first St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra rehearsal of the season, beginning with an orientation that included a scavenger hunt. The musicians broke into groups–each given the name of a composer (Beethoven, Berlioz, Bernstein, Dvorak, etc.)–and followed clues around Powell Hall, thus getting to know their home away from home. Here one group found the Music Library and took a selfie.
Also this weekend: a St. Louis Symphony chamber ensemble performs at the Saint Louis
Zoo Saturday afternoon, and 12 Symphony string players join the #HealFerguson Concert for Peace and Unity on Sunday evening. Click for details.
If you want a break from LouFest for a short while, these shows are awesome. And they’re free, like Woodstock was.