When Dmitry Shostakovich was but nineteen years old, he completed his first symphony, Symphony No. 1
. Still considered one of the better "first" symphonies out there, it's filled with the passion and enthusiasm of a young person just starting out in life. So what better group to perform this initial foray than the members of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
? Ranging in age from 12 to 22, the musicians are sure to have a fresh, exuberant approach to the piece, finding much that suits a young spirit in Shostakovich's flashy flourishes and the playful, stop-and-start movements of the finale. The Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra performs Symphony No. 1
, as well as the overture from Wagner's Rienzi
and Haydn's Symphony No. 100
, at 8 p.m. this evening at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org
). Tickets are $8 to $18.
Sat., Nov. 24, 2007