Memorial Day gives us mental and emotional time and space to remember those we’ve lost in war. The SymphonyCares program has been adding music to that time and space at New Mt. Sinai Cemetery for three seasons. Associate Principal Horn Thomas Jöstlein, pianist Patti Wolf and tenor Daniel Brodsky performed works by Berlioz, Chabrier, Ravel and contemporary composer Anthony Plog. Brodsky is Executive Director of New Mt. Sinai along with being a longtime member of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus. Director of Community Programs Maureen Byrne told me “The concert program always shows respect for the occasion, but it’s never overly solemn.” Remembrance should be joyful too.
After the concert Jöstlein wrote: “This community concert today epitomizes why I feel these concerts are the most essential and important work that we at the Symphony do.”