By Caitlin Custer and Eric Dundon
This summer, SLSO musicians are venturing out to a variety of locations throughout the region to share live performances with St. Louisans. From healthcare centers to local landmarks, check the schedule at slso.org/onthego to see when musicians will be giving a concert near you. And, check this page often for stories and photos of these performances.
Thursday, June 8
Employees at Missouri Baptist Medical Center enjoyed a matinée performance from three SLSO ensembles: a string quartet, double bass quartet, and trombone quartet. Patients and employees in a nearby building joined the dozens of hospital staff who gathered to eat lunch and enjoy music outside. The string quartet of Silvian Iticovici, Shawn Weil, Shannon Williams, and Lizzie Chung presented works by Joseph Haydn, George Walker, and George Gershwin. The double bass quartet of Aleck Belcher, Brendan Fitzgerald, Sarah Hogan Kaiser, and David DeRiso followed with works by Scott Joplin, Anton Bruckner, and Johannes Brahms, while the Trombones of the SLSO—Tim Myers, Amanda Stewart, Jonathan Reycraft, and Gerry Pagano—concluded with a St. Louis-inspired program.
Wednesday, June 2
The first stop was a courtyard on Mercy's campus in Creve Coeur. Steve Mackin, Mercy's Executive Vice President, welcomed the small crowd who had gathered. "Once the music starts," he said, "you'll notice the windows in the building behind me start to open, as we share the healing power of music." In addition to those listening by their window, many staff and medical workers enjoyed their lunch during the concert, which featured several pieces from a bass quartet of Aleck Belcher, Brendan Fitzgerald, Sarah Hogan Kaiser, and David DeRiso, followed by another set of pieces by a string quartet of Silvian Iticovici, Shawn Weil, Shannon Williams, and Lizzie Chung.