Music in the morning, canons at night (June 25)

June 23, 2008

The Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park is a beautiful destination first thing in the morning.  The special-event greenhouse is often booked for private events in the evenings, but the public can often get a glimpse inside during the day.  We’ve been there for brunch often (it’s called Cafe Madeleine on Sunday mornings), but this week we’ll be there on Wednesday for the children’s concert series, Back to Baroque, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  The free concert series is popular with playgroups, day camps and preschools, as well a with moms and dads who want to get out for some culture on the way to the splash pool in front of the park’s pavilion.  Come early for a seat — the prime ones right in front of the musicians go the fastest, and by the time the concert starts it’s almost guaranteed to be standing/floor sitting room only.

The series runs through Aug. 20, with themes each week:  the 1904 World’s Fair, world music, Peter and the Wolf, the Bremen Town Musicans.  You can see a full schedule here.

Another free concert that deserves a listen is the June 30 Fourth of July spectacular featuring the Compton Heights Concert Band at the music stand at 7:30 p.m.  M. is excited for that one because the centerpiece tune is the 1812 Overture, complete with canons.  For some reason he’s REALLY fascinated with canons lately (to the point he has nightmares about pirates firing canons at the house).  I’m not sure whether seeing them in person is a good or bad idea, but I think it’s worth the risk.

For info on either the children’s concert series or the rest of the music calendar at Tower Grove Park, call 314.775.2227.

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