Wednesday, April 28, 2010

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concert


The gorgeous ceiling at the Powell Symphony Hall

Last month, Husband and I got to attend a concert in the beautiful Powell Symphony Hall. Since this particular concert had open general seating, we were able to get an amazing spot.


There were four selections on the menu for the evening – Panda Chant II and a premiere work by Meredith Monk. Then there were the more traditional Stravinsky and Bartók pieces.

The first piece by Monk I actually liked. There’s really no way to describe it other than saying that the forty or so singers were onstage with no orchestra accompaniment and they created different sounds with their voices and made it sound like the orchestra by just using different vowel sounds. Kinda weird but sort of neat.

The second piece, the world premiere, was even weirder than the first. It used the orchestra along with a chorus and two principal singers. DEFINITELY not my cup of tea. But at least we sat through it and know now what we don’t like!


The Stravinsky was kind of creepy – it’s the music from the Shining. Not like I’ve seen the movie, but that’s what the conductor told us before he started the first movement.

The Bartók piece was beautiful. Apparently he was able to make it sound like surround sound years before that technology was created. It was really cool to be able to hear in person.

So check off another thing off the list – seeing the SLSO in person!


  1. Wow - that's something I wish we'd done before we left The Lou. It looks like a beautiful space - and sounds like a great collection of music you got to hear!

  2. Oh wow this looks so fun! I haven't been a symphony in forever and you made me reminisce. I used to belong to a big chorus and we did one of those "make a bunch of noise that sounds like instruments" pieces and it was hard to learn....but pretty cook to perform.