Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

We stand on the cusp of a new season for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. So, are we to view the next eight months of performances as a mountain to be scaled, or are we already at the summit and everything from this point on is a pell-mell race to the base? Judging from the program for this evening's traditional free concert in Forest Park (314-533-2500 or www.slso.org), this season is going to be fun-filled sleigh ride down a very steep mountain. Tonight's performance, which begins at 7 p.m. on Art Hill and is conducted by Ward Stare, opens with "The Star-Spangled Banner" and closes with "The Stars and Stripes Forever" — that is bombast piled atop bombast. In between those patriotic chest-swellers we get "The Montagues and Capulets" theme from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet; the rampant heroics of Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries; and John Williams' epic and much-beloved main theme from Star Wars, along with several other surprises. Yeah, that's crowd-pleasing program right there. So go, and get a taste of the thrill ride that's coming our way.
Thu., Sept. 17, 2009

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Latest in Night & Day

Read the Digital Print Issue

June 3, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation