A known lover of nature, young Ludwig van Beethoven would walk the fields and forests for solace and inspiration. This reverence for the natural world inspired Beethoven's Symphony No. 6, also known as The Pastorale, which relates the feeling of being outdoors during the arrival of a storm. As the score evolves from one movement to another, the orchestra mimics the changing environment — reminding local listeners of how the weather here changes every five minutes, as the saying goes. It begins with a sunny, delicate introduction to the woods and the joyous dancing of the rural folk, but it soon gives way to notes like droplets of rain that transform into torrential downpour upon the listener. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by visiting conductor Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, performs Beethoven's Symphony No. 6 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday (October 12 through 14) in Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org). Tickets cost $27 to $110.
Oct. 12-14, 2012