You want to get your socks blown off this weekend? Get thee to Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org
) for the opening weekend of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
's 2008 season. Conductor David Robertson leads an excursion to mysterious realms with John Adams' Guide to Strange Places
, takes us through the haunting and affecting terrain of Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra
, and then tears the roof off with Rachmaninoff's virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 3
, with Yefim Bronfman providing the necessary piano pyrotechnics. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (September 26 and 27), and tickets are $19 to $105.
Fri., Sept. 26; Sat., Sept. 27, 2008