Although children shouted for joy when they saw the snow coming down and learned of the school closings throughout the region this morning, I’m willing to imagine that a few thousand schoolkids that were scheduled to bus to Powell Hall for the Tales of Shakespeare Education Concerts were somewhat disappointed. I know everyone at Powell Hall was.
But the St. Louis Symphony hardly ever stops. Musicians have been playing music and teaching music here, there and everywhere morning, noon and night over the last few days. Director of Community Programs Maureen Byrne, one of the busiest women in show business, has been with them every stop of the way and provided these photos.
In Monday’s blog post I said the Powell Hall stage was empty. I was mistaken. The Powell Hall stage was in use for cello auditions. The details of such auditions are kept in secret so as not to violate the integrity of the process. The St. Louis Symphony musicians who hear auditions are kept in a vault below the stage until such time as the applicants begin. The Symphony musicians are supplied with bagels, tortilla chips and water to give them sustenance through the long day of listening. Then it’s back into the vault until all the applicants have left the vicinity. It’s an ordeal, but worth it.
On Monday I also mentioned a concert performed about an hour from Powell, down I-55, as part of the Symphony in Your Neighborhood program. Before the show there was an open rehearsal, which was attended by local high school students. On stage: (left to right) Adam Maness, David DeRiso, Shannon Wood and Karin Bliznik get ready for an evening of music by Claude Bolling.