Click above to buy a $21 ticket to The Planets on Saturday, 3/6/10, at 8 p.m. ($42 value). See below for additional seating and date option.
- Buy here for a $21 ticket for Friday, 3/5/10, at 8 p.m. ($42 value).
- Buy here for a $26 ticket for Friday, 3/5/10, at 8 p.m. ($53 value).
- Buy here for a $26 ticket for Saturday, 3/6/10, at 8 p.m. ($53 value).
The “music of the spheres” refers to the way Jupiter and Saturn rattle Earth’s windows with their bass-heavy jams every time they drive past. Today’s Groupon treats St. Louis to much less irritating celestial music: a half-price ticket to hear the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra perform Gustav Holst’s The Planets. Performances are on March 5 and 6, and seating is in the terrace circle or the grand circle. You may present your Groupon to the box office for a ticket beginning March 1 and ending no later than 30 minutes before your concert.
Even if you’ve never heard Holst’s transcendent Technicolor magnum opus, you’ve heard its influence in almost every sci-fi film score of the 20th century, including a little-remembered cult classic from the ’70s called Star Wars. Under the baton of SLSO’s David Robertson, the thundering march of “Mars, the Bringer of War” will make you feel like tensely staring at a glowing computer read-out while the sky fills with spaceships. During this movement, feel free to slowly stand, stare off at a Spielbergian angle, and exclaim, “God help us all!” Things will soon calm back down with the stately rhapsody of “Venus, the Bringer of Peace,” while “Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity” might be the closest one will ever get to floating through space drunk. Finally, “Neptune, the Mystic” transports the audience to the furthest known reaches of our solar system. To express the coldness and isolation of deep space, the movement’s final ethereal chorus was originally performed from an room adjoining the stage, growing fainter and fainter until the door was slowly and silently closed.
The space-age soundtrack connections continue with the concert’s opener, during which violinist Renaud Capucon will perform a violin concerto by Gyorgy Ligeti, the Hungarian composer best known for his evocative Star Gate music in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Today’s Groupon lets you support STL’s elite ensemble of musicians in their quest to introduce classical music to millions of new ears—as well as impress any dates whose faces sport disconcertingly high brows.
The New York Times praises a past performance of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra: > * Under Mr. Robertson the St. Louis musicians played this daunting, multilayered score with technical command, rhapsodic fervor and wondrous colorings…The resulting score invites you to hear the elusive music — driving passages with pounding timpani, quizzically restrained lyrical flights, bursts of skittish fanfares — on its own terms, apart from its dramatic context. The St. Louis musicians are thriving under Mr. Robertson’s leadership. – Anthony Tommasini
Four Citysearchers, two Judy’s Book reviewers, and a lone Insider Pager each give the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra a perfect five-star rating. Two TripAdvisors rate it four owl eyes: > * The members of the orchestra are very talented and never disappoint. If you get the opportunity to attend a performance, definitely do it! It makes for a wonderful evening. – Cara A., Judy’s Book > * You won’t find an orchestra more consistently capable of thrilling an audience, faithfully interpreting a score or being model citizens for a community that they are closely connected with. – A TripAdvisor Member
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.