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From the Canyon to the Stars 

When: Sat., Jan. 16, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $25-$86.50

From the Canyons to the Stars

Most listeners, casual or committed, are familiar with Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring, its grandeur and aural capaciousness as richly American as the mountain range that inspired it. Copland's ode to the land and its animating spirit is rightly a permanent resident of the symphonic canon, but there's another work, newer, less established in the public's consciousness, that one day may be just as famous. Olivier Messiaen's From the Canyon to the Stars has also never before been performed in St. Louisuntil now. The French composer was inspired to write this work after visiting Bryce Canyon in 1972; the piece was designed to recreate in musical language Messiaen's sense of awe before the presence of the canyon and other national parks in the American West. Complementing the music are video and still images of the West by visual artist Deborah O'Grady. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra performs From the Canyon to the Stars at 8 p.m. tonight at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.stlsymphony.org). Tickets are $25 to $86.50.
— Alex Weir
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