Which One's Pink?

May 30, 2013 at 4:00 am
At 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra presents Music of Pink Floyd. Complemented by an eight-member rock band, the musicians of our top-tier hometown orchestra go exploring in the Floydean realm. Selections from Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall, among others, will be played. Pink Floyd famously used a full orchestra (with, frankly, mixed results) on its 1970 LP Atom Heart Mother; however, 1979's The Wall was, for our money, the best-realized and most musical synthesis of Pink Floyd's rock instrumentation with occasional orchestral accents. If you mention that album's "Comfortably Numb" to most people, they'll immediately think of David Gilmour and his two famous, knockout guitar solos, but it's arranger Michael Kamen's sublime string chart that provides the runway from which Gilmour's Strat takes off into the blue. The show takes place at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org), and tickets cost $35 to $80.
Sat., June 1, 2013