Bring the Lights Down Low

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The Powell Hall chandeliers have been lowered for ease of cleaning. Many crystals, much bronze to be made bright and shiny for another season. It’s one of my favorite summer events. It’s so special that former STL Symphony Resident Conductor and current Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Music Director Ward Stare and his friend Anna came to town to give my chandelier photos a sense of scale. Ward returns in December to conduct music from Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, with Concertmaster David Halen as violin soloist, and Act II from The Nutcracker.

Met Bar chandelier
Met Bar chandelier
Stairwell chandelier
Stairwell chandelier
Check out the shadow play on the floor
Shadow play
Ward and Anna are dazzled, and give us a sense of scale.
Ward and Anna are impressed.

 

A Little Thud Music

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In Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, the thud of the guillotine is heard. Principal Percussion Will James plays that thud in the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis production, which began orchestra rehearsals, with vocalists, on Tuesday, with Ward Stare conducting.

Adam Crane and Will James
Adam Crane and Will James

Will demonstrates his “thud” technique with Adam Crane, VP for External Affairs. Undoubtedly some of you recognize the “Mahler hammer,” which was last used by Will for the St. Louis Symphony performance of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony in 2011.