Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3
swung for the bleachers and hit them. During the 1940s, American composers -- seeking a vehicle with which to rival the monolithic European tradition, whose shadow they labored under -- strove for the distinctly native voice, the Great American Symphony. In his Symphony No. 3
, Copland realized this ambition fully. Now, who better to interpret Copland's grand vision than Leonard Slatkin? The former Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra conductor was nominated for a Grammy for his work leading the SLSO in its 1992 rendition of Copland's Third
; this weekend he makes his return to St. Louis to pick up the baton again. Slatkin Conducts Copland 3
commences at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 25, at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org
), with additional performances at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (April 26 and 27). Included in the program are works by Sierra and Saint-Saens. Tickets are $28 to $119.
Fri., April 25, 10:30 a.m.; Sat., April 26, 8 p.m.; Sun., April 27, 3 p.m., 2014