What It Takes

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What happens on stage, whether that stage be at Powell Hall or a child’s hospital room, takes a lot of hands and hearts and minds to prepare. And I’m not even talking about the orchestral concerts.

For example Mrs. Silva gave up a few hours to make a fork for Max of Where the Wild Things Are to use in the Tiny Tunes concerts for pre-K kids from Grace Hill Head Start.

The aftermath of fork-making looks like Louise Nevelson's studio.
The aftermath of fork-making looks like Louise Nevelson’s studio.
Finished fork
Finished fork

It took three St. Louis Symphony Volunteer Association members to create leaves for the children to wave during the concerts.

200 leaves on popsicle sticks
200 leaves on popsicle sticks

Meanwhile, the students at room13delmar, just across the street from Powell Hall, with Ilene Nodhouse, made this swell boat for Max, and a cool set too.

Max's boat
Max’s boat

But that’s just one show. Meanwhile, on Monday Community Programs Director Maureen Byrne was with Claire “The Clown” Wedemeyer and Symphony violinist Angie Smart working on some new bits to perform at children’s hospitals as part of SymphonyCares.

Claire and Angie tango
Claire and Angie tango

For one of the skits, it looks like Claire is doing a Joan Jett impersonation.

Claire channels Joan Jett
Claire channels Joan Jett

Those are just a few of the things we do around here when we’re not playing Bach.