Conductors got their name by both guiding orchestras and wielding copper batons that deflect lightning away from the brass section. Behold an electrifying performance with this GrouponLive deal to see “Heroic Strauss” performed by the St. Louis Symphony at Powell Hall on Saturday, December 1, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Choose between the following seating options:
- For $30, you get one ticket for center-parquet seating in rows H–V (up to a $65 value, including all fees).
- For $40, you get one ticket for dress-circle seating in rows B–E (up to a $75 value, including all fees).
Founded in 1880 under the belief that great music should be available for everyone, the St. Louis Symphony delights string suitors worldwide with aurally exhilarating seasons of magnificent classical compositions. Extending his congenial conducting wand, music director David Robertson introduces audiences to two celebrated pieces from famed German composer Richard Strauss alongside two other classical music selections. Don Juan begins with a joyful flurry of violins as flutes trill and the horn section takes a cue from the song title by brazenly asking the entire oboe section for their phone numbers. Stylistically disparate from Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks is simultaneously whimsical and dramatic, undulating from bold horns to lilting flutes. The symphony also captures the rich tones of Hindemith’s Mathis der Maler, and pianist Kirill Gerstein commands Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days, a darkly twinkling ode to day planners.
Ornate chandeliers and a high-ceilinged auditorium are just two stunning features of Powell Hall, an opulent, Versailles-inspired concert venue built in 1925. Originally known as the Saint Louis Theatre, Powell Hall was bequeathed its new moniker after the Saint Louis Symphony Society won it during a heated card game with a band of ragtag vaudeville performers. With its marble-accented lobby and sprawling interior, Powell Hall continues to beckon visitors to take in its inimitable sights and classic sounds.