Two more evenings of outdoor music (Sept. 18)

September 17, 2008

I thought I’d be wrapping up my outdoor music listing by now — fall begins next week, after all — but with the great weather, our family is still enthusiastically attending “music and lights,” as M. calls it. Tomorrow’s concert (Sept. 18), at the foot of Art Hill in Forest Park, features the Saint Louis Symphony playing some of the most rousing and recognizable music in its repertoire:
The Star-Spangled Banner — TRAD
The Thieving Magpie Overture — ROSSINI
Prelude to Hansel and Gretel — HUMPERDINCK
The Wizard of Oz: Fantasy for Orchestra — ARLEN arr. Angela Morley
Triumphal March from Aïda — VERDI
Trepak from The Nutcracker — TCHAIKOVSKY
Carousel Waltz — RODGERS
Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust — BERLIOZ
Candide Overture — BERNSTEIN
Stars and Stripes Forever — SOUSA

The concert begins at 7 p.m., with Ward Stare conducting. The official season opens next weekend, and with the recent financial good news (including but not limited to an anonymous $5 million donation), I expect there to be a real aura of celebration around these early performances. Not that the symphony isn’t always great … which reminds me to mention the Family Concerts ($10 adult, $6 child) that start in about a month!

The other outdoor music event is the season finale for the Sounds at the Station series at Union Station’s lake stage on Thursday (Sept. 18)  Friday (Sept. 19). This week’s band is BritBeat, a Beatles tribute band, playing from 5 to 8:30 p.m. If you visit Union Station’s events page online, be sure to note the St. Louis Admirals R/C Model Boat Club‘s annual regatta on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 20 and 21). The group’s fleet numbers more than 100 boats, and looking at the level of detail in the photos online, I can full well imagine how dedicated its members are.  Because I’m a sucker for hobbies that I’ve never heard of before, I am intrigued!

So there you go — four ideas for the price of two!

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