While 20% of babies who were exposed to classical music in utero become doctors or lawyers, 100% of babies born on stage during a classical-music performance become Bill Gates. Improve the odds of artistry with today's Groupon to the St. Louis Symphony's 8 p.m. performance of Carmina burana on Thursday, May 5 at Powell Hall on Grand Boulevard. Choose from three seating options:
- For $30, you get one center-parquet-seating ticket (a $60 value).
- For $22, you get one front-parquet-seating ticket (a $45 value).
- For $22, you get one grand-circle-seating ticket (a $45 value).
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. Closing out its season in grand fashion, the St. Louis Symphony packs a staggering band of more than 300 music-makers on Powell Hall's stage for composer Carl Orff's epic Carmina burana, a harmonic riff on a cadre of centuries-old Latin poems and the soundtrack to numerous high-speed car chases. Audiences can stomp feet with the rousing classic, "Fortuna, Imperatrix Mundi (O Fortuna)" or wield finger-sticks when drumming along on the rhythm-making armrests of vacant chairs.
Arrive one hour before the performance for a preconcert conversation with conductor David Robertson, who will discuss the concert repertoire and dispense helpful relationship advice. The Powell Hall's grand foyer's red, gold, and cream color scheme, copied from the royal chapel at Versailles, enshrines postconcert lingerers in European elegance. Stomach owners can check the St Louis Symphony's listing of nearby restaurants to plan a multifarious evening or create a rock-solid alibi for a ketchup heist.
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.