When: Sat., Feb. 27, 8 p.m. and Sun., Feb. 28, 2 p.m. 2016
The works of William Shakespeare have inspired audiences for more than 400 years. Among those who fell under the bard's spell was Felix Mendelssohn, who wrote a concert overture for A Midsummer Night's Dream when he was seventeen. Sixteen years later he returned to the play, composing a sonata of incidental music that incorporated his overture, complete with parts for voice. The Saint Louis Symphony performs the full piece as part of its Shakespeare Festival concert series. Conductor Hans Graf is joined by members of the Saint Louis Symphony Chorus and actress Maureen Thomas, who performs vignettes from the play. A Midsummer Night's Dream is presented at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday (February 27 and 28) at Powell Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org). Tickets are $25 to $111.