January 9, 2009
Reviewed by Gary Scott
[Pictured: Soprano Kelly Kaduce]
Since assuming the helm as music director of the St. Louis Symphony, David Robertson has enacted some bold marketing moves that seem to be providing both financial and publicity dividends. Such ventures as the Classical Detours
programs, special interest programs (Lord of the Rings
, Wizard of Oz
) and the Winter Passes have both boosted the financial base of the orchestra and have established it even more fully as a valued community institution. Friday night, January 9, marked yet another successful theme concert. Soprano Kelly Kaduce joined forces with guest conductor James Gaffigan and the orchestra for "Opera Night"--an unabashedly schmaltzy, hammed-up and spectacularly beautiful tribute to three great operatic composers: Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and Richard Wagner.