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Photos: Live at The Sheldon features 'Rhythmic Strings'

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra string musicians took center stage December 6 for the second of five Live at The Sheldon concerts this season.


Performing a program of rhythmic music by Jessie Montgomery, Christian Quiñones, and Franz Schubert, the musicians played in front of a lively and engaged audience at The Sheldon, the SLSO's Grand Center neighbor and host for the series.


Violinist Angie Smart and cellist Bjorn Ranheim co-curated the program, which featured a first half of music from the 21st centry paired with a 19th-century masterpiece—all for string quintet.


Live at The Sheldon gives the audience an opportunity to see the talents of the SLSO musicians on a more individual level, with program created by the musicians to showcase the talents of every section of the orchestra. The February 7 performance will feature strings with piano (curated by Concertmaster David Halen and Principal Second Violinist Alison Harney), while the March 6 concert puts the spotlight on percussion (curated by Principal Timpanist Shannon Wood), and the April 7 concert features the horn section (curated by Principal Horn Roger Kaza and Fourth Horn Julie Thayer).


Photos by Virginia Harold



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An SLSO string quintet of Angie Smart and Andrea Jarrett (violins), Shannon Farrell Williams (viola), Bjorn Ranheim (cello), and Aleck Belcher (double bass) performs at The Sheldon on December 6.

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Franz Schubert's String Quintet in C major is typically performed with two cellos. In the SLSO's performance on December, Associate Principal Double Bass Aleck Belcher performed the second cello part.

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Angie Smart, left, was one of the curators of the program.

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The first half contained music by Jessie Montgomery and Christian Quiñones, played in front of a lively and engaged audience.

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The quintet received a standing ovation.

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Bjorn Ranheim, top, and Shannon Farrell Williams (foreground). Ranheim co-curated the program.

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Smart and Ranheim addressed the audience at the top of the concert.

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There are three more chances to see SLSO musicians in Live at The Sheldon performances: February 7, March 6, and April 7.

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Andrea Jarrett performs music by Christian Quiñones.

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