Writing in the Larousse Encyclopedia of Music, Donald Paine notes that Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem," written for the consecration of Coventry Cathedral in 1962, "may stand as representative of his genius and of the theme that recurs throughout his work: the indictment of human folly as it shows itself both in the tragedy and wastage of war and in the corruption of human innocence."
This weekend’s St. Louis Symphony concerts are a mix of the familiar and the exotic—or at least, what was seen as exotic in the 18th century.
It's toon time this weekend (November 1-3) at the St. Louis Symphony with music and animation from a pair of remarkable Disney films: "Fantasia" and its sequel from 60 years later "Fantasia 2000." The orchestra's new Resident Conductor Steven Jarvi is on the podium while Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and a host of other cartoon critters cavort on the screen.
When you visit the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis over the next few months, don't be alarmed when you start hearing strange noises. The voices, rumbles and roars are part of "Audible Interruptions," a series of site-specific sound installations that opened in early September and will run, in three parts, until August 2014.
This weekend at Powell Hall it's a classic example of musical storytelling, a cocky, nose-thumbing piano concerto by a musical wise guy in his 20s, and a bit of orchestral delirium.
This is another “twofer” week when it comes to St. Louis Symphony concerts. In addition to the regular series as Powell Hall on Friday and Saturday there’s a Pulitzer Series event on Wednesday at the Pulitzer Center for the Arts just west of Powell Hall. If you’ve never been to the Pulitzer Series, here’s a heads-up.