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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.

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Zoo Meets Orchestra

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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 Saint Louis Zoo's Rachel Killeen (left) and Kelly Kapsar get ready for the show.
The Saint Louis Zoo’s Rachel Killeen (left) and Kelly Kapsar get ready for the show.
The Saint Louis Zoo's Maggie McCoy, who served as guest host, and the Symphony's Director of Education Berakiah Boone in the Green Room
The Saint Louis Zoo’s Maggie McCoy, who served as guest host, and the Symphony’s Director of Education Berakiah Boone in the Green Room.
Maggie was prepared to catch bees and butterflies on stage.
Maggie was prepared to catch bees and butterflies on stage.
The Saint Louis Zoo provided very cool videos of animals to accompany the orchestra. Elephants!
The Saint Louis Zoo provided very cool videos of animals to accompany the orchestra. Elephants!
Rachel brought an elephant bone.
Rachel brought an elephant bone.
Principal Cello Daniel Lee plays "The Swan" while a swan glides across the screen.
Principal Cello Daniel Lee plays “The Swan” while a swan glides across the screen.
Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi expresses his fear of bees.
Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi expresses his fear of bees.

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Bee Meets Butterfly

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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.

FC ZooThe Symphony partnered with the Saint Louis Zoo for this show, which–among many other things–brought a bee to meet children in the foyer.

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.

LouFest Alternatives

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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.

YO scavengerAlso 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.