It's still 25 days till Christmas, but Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and hoo boy does the St. Louis Symphony have a gift for you! No, it's not music. Which would actually be pretty nice. No, the Symphony has teamed up with Build-a-Bear Workshop to create a special symphonic Build-a-Bear.
It does not wear the musicians' uniform of black tie and tails or a black dress. Nor does it play an instrument or hold a baton. (A David Robertson bear...how awesome would that be?) Instead it comes clad in a pair of jeans and a St. Louis Symphony t-shirt, an outfit that would draw only scorn from other patrons of Powell Hall. Yes, it has a fur coat, but bear is not especially fashionable. Anyway, that fur is clearly synthetic.
The bear does, however, profess to be a music-lover. Just look at its happy, dopey grin. Also, if you press its hand, it plays "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik".
The bear is available at the Powell Hall gift shop. It costs $28 and comes with a birth certificate.