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Beethoven's Emperor 

When: Fri., Nov. 25, 8 p.m., Sat., Nov. 26, 8 p.m. and Sun., Nov. 27, 3 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$111
On Thursday you fed your body; this weekend, feed your soul. The St. Louis Symphony presents a special holiday program that's guaranteed to fill you up. Beethoven's Emperor includes the mighty Piano Concerto No. 5 (also known as Emperor), a magisterial piece of music that requires a piano virtuoso — Stephen Hough, in this instance — to work with dual trumpets, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, a timpani and the strings to assay the heights of its dramatic first movement. Also on the playlist is Respighi's Fountains of Rome and Pohjola's Daughter by the Finnish master of moody autumnal music, Sibelius. You get color, you get a tone poem and you get the majesty of the Biggest of the Big Bs. Beethoven's Emperor is performed under the baton of Robert Spano at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday (November 25 to 27) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; Tickets are $25 to $111.
— Paul Friswold
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