The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's celebration of David Robertson's tenth anniversary as conductor continues this weekend with three intense works in a program titled Prokofiev 5
. The maestro holds the baton and Cally Banham solos on the English horn for the opener, Sibelius' tone poem, The Swan of Tuonela
. Clocking in at around ten minutes, this piece written for a small orchestra is vibrant and intimate. John Adams' somewhat autobiographical composition My Father Knew Charles Ives
begins minimally before building to a swirling maelstrom that hints at the work of its inspiration. Written in just one month in 1944, Sergei Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5 in B Flat, Op. 100
is an alluring struggle between bombastic and nuanced rhythms. The orchestra won a Grammy for its 1985 performance of the symphony. Prokofiev 5
takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday (September 27 and 28) at Powell Symphony Hall (718 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1700 or www.slso.org
). Tickets are $25 to $109.
Sat., Sept. 27, 8 p.m.; Sun., Sept. 28, 3 p.m., 2014