Friday, April 19, 2013

TPTBT (The Place to Be Tonight): Friday, April 19

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Ward Stare
Who: The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Ward Stare
What: Music of Brahms, Webern, Johann Strauss Jr., and Richard Strauss
When: Tonight and Saturday at 8 PM
Where: Powell Symphony Hall
Why: “What can we expect of our brief passages on this earth? Should we—can we?—enjoy pleasure where we find it, or are we destined for sorrow, or at least sorrowful ends? Is there a contradiction between these two possibilities, or are both perhaps true? These would seem weighty questions for an evening devoted to music, yet the five compositions that comprise our concert appear to ask them.”  This is a varied program, to say the least, including two short dramatic works for chorus and orchestra by Brahms, the Artist’s Life waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., a suite from Richard Strauss’s opera Der Rosenkavalier (including some great waltzes), and Anton Webern’s lushly romantic tone poem Im Sommerwind (In the Summer Breeze), which the composer composed at the age of 21, before he was seduced by dodecaphony.  It's a beautiful piece and rarely heard.

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