Five Comes Alive

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's celebration of David Robertson's tenth anniversary as conductor continues this weekend with three intense works in a program titled Prokofiev 5. The maestro holds the baton and Cally Banham solos on the English horn for the opener, Sibelius' tone poem, The Swan of Tuonela. Clocking in at around ten minutes, this piece written for a small orchestra is vibrant and intimate. John Adams' somewhat autobiographical composition My Father Knew Charles Ives begins minimally before building to a swirling maelstrom that hints at the work of its inspiration. Written in just one month in 1944, Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B Flat, Op. 100 is an alluring struggle between bombastic and nuanced rhythms. The orchestra won a Grammy for its 1985 performance of the symphony. Prokofiev 5 takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (September 27 and 28) at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org). Tickets are $25 to $109.
Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 3 p.m., 2014

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