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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), March 2, 2019 - The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will take families on a trip to the zoo without leaving Powell Hall during the Sunday, March 24, Family Concert: Carnival of the Animals.
The 45-minute family-oriented concert, which begins at 3:00 p.m., will be led by SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New and presented without intermission, features Saint-Saëns' beloved musical suite. The suite's 14 movements depict various animals, including lions, elephants, donkeys, kangaroos, and swans. The narrator for the concert will be Emily Bowling, Conservation Education Liaison from the Saint Louis Zoo.
Families are invited to Powell Hall before the concert for the SLSO's Instrument Playground. Starting at 2:00pm before each Family Concert, guests can explore, touch, and play real instruments of the orchestra in this hands-on experience located in Powell Hall's Wightman Grand Foyer.
Representatives from the Saint Louis Zoo Education Department will be available prior to the show with animal biofacts and activities centered around animals that are featured in the movements of the music.
Tickets for this Family Concert are on sale now and start at $8 for children. For more information, call the Box Office at 314-534-1700.
Grand Center Stars As Entertainment District
The Fabulous Fox Theatre, on North Grand Avenue, showcases Broadway Series, live concerts, dance performances and special events all year round.
The Fox Theatre was originally built in 1929 for William Fox by theatre architect C. Howard Crane in a style known as Siamese Byzantine. After years of decline, the theatre was purchased by Leon and Mary Strauss and beautifully restored in the 1980s by Pantheon Construction Company.
Celebrated as one of today's most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 139th year with the 2018/2019 season and Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève. Widely considered one of the world's finest, the SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections - all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.
In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which has been the permanent home of the SLSO for 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. It presents St. Louis Symphony Live at the Pulitzer, a four-program series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The SLSO also serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Theatre Saint Louis, with this season marking the 42nd year of their partnership.
The Grammy Award-winning SLSO's impact beyond the St. Louis region is realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, acclaimed recordings, and regular touring activity. A sought-after artistic partner by preeminent musicians and composers from across the globe, as well as by local and national organizations, the SLSO enjoys a long history of robust and enduring artistic collaborations that have developed and deepened over the years.
Today, the SLSO builds on the institution's current momentum on all fronts, including artistic, financial, audience growth, and community impact, and looks toward the future with Stéphane Denève. Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following this season as Music Director Designate.
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