|The Metropolitan Orchestra a Union Avenue Church|
The Metropolitan Orchestra performs on Sunday, April 8, at 7 p.m. "On this concert we hear from Dvorak, Father in Law to Suk. Unlike Dvorák's other symphonic poems, “A Hero's Song” is not based upon a specific text, and it may have been intended to be autobiographical. One of Suk's most famous teachers was Antonín Dvorák, who was not just a source of musical instruction and inspiration for the teenage composer, but the man who would eventually become his father-in-law. When dismissing his Prague Conservatory composition class for the summer at the end of the 1891-1892 school year, Antonín Dvorák bade 18-year-old Josef Suk, “It's summertime now, so go and make something lively for a change, to compensate for all those pomposities in minor.” Suk took that advice and that summer created what is still his best-known work, a sunny and uncomplicated Serenade of substantial dimensions." The concert takes place at First Presbyterian Church in Kirkwood. For more information: metro-orch.org.
The St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents The Time of Our LIves on Sunday, April 8, at 3 pm. "Continuing with our season's theme, Dance to the Music of Time, we present A Pageant of Human Life by the British composer, Sir Granville Bantock. The piece explores the full cycle of human life from childhood through death. The sections of the piece written to represent youth will be sung by students from the Women's Choir at University City High School. We are also proud to premier a new piece commissioned from the Haitian-American composer, Sydney Guillaume, entitled Hallelujah Amen. And in a reprise of an earlier commission for the SLCC from Judith Bingham, The Shepheardes Calendar, examines sin and forgiveness through the backdrop of the changing seasons." The concert takes place at Our Lad of Sorrows Catholic Church, 5020 Rhodes Avenue in south St. Louis. For more information: www.chamberchorus.org.
|Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets|
The St. Louis Sympony Orchestra presents a showing of the film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, with the score played live by the orchestra and chorus under the baton of Justin Freer, Friday and Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm, April 6 - 8. "Relive the magic of your favorite wizard in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ - in Concert. Based on the third installment of J.K. Rowling's classic saga, fans of all ages can now experience the thrilling tale accompanied by the music of a live symphony orchestra as Harry soars across the big screen." For more information: stlsymphony.org.