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Brandenberg 3 

When: Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 6, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$116
Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his Brandenburg concertos in the hopes of attracting a patron (the Margrave Christian Ludwig of Brandenburg), but instead just burnished his own reputation as a master of color and tone. The Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in particular stands out for the manner in which the instruments (three violins, three violas, three cellos and a bass) work together in unique ways depending on where the listener is positioned. Solos transfer from player to player, or disappear entirely into the gem-like world of sound that is constructed in the piece's twelve-minute duration. When played by a skilled group, the effect for audience members is like sitting inside a kaleidoscope and hearing, rather than seeing, the shifting patterns of color and shape. Renowned violinist Anthony Marwood leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra through the Brandenburg No. 3 at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday (February 5 and 6) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org). Also on the program are Dvořák's Serenade for Strings in E major and Pēteris Vasks' violin concerto Distant Lights. Tickets are $25 to $116.
— Paul Friswold
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