The St. Louis Symphony was founded in 1880 and is the second oldest symphony in the United States, proceeded only by the New York Philharmonic (1842). It had found a home at the Powell Hall in 1925, after it played its last motion picture “The Sound of Music”.
Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in May 2001, Powell Hall stands as a testament not only to the leadership and foresight of those who made its acquisition and renovation possible, but to the cultural heritage of St. Louis and the city’s ability to renew and reinvent itself in the face of changing times, tastes, and trends.
During it’s illustrious history, the St. Louis Symphony has received 6 Grammy’s and 56 Nominations and although they are quite glamorous, they have never forgotten their community. They also have many extensive education and outreach programs:
- Free Community Concerts to enrich people’s lives through music.
- The Education Concerts, such as The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra coming up on Feb 20-21st.
- Education Programs for Schools through Symphony in Your School, Adopt-a-School and E-Symphony Series.
- SVA – Symphony Volunteer Association presents unique education programs and fundraising projects that support STL Symphony while reaching thousands of students each year. It also provides people with the opportunity to become more involved with their community through music.
The St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall are not only a part of our city’s grand history or one of the largest contributors to our communities, but they are also the core of our artistic souls in St. Louis. For almost 133 years they have inspired the minds of the young and old, opened our hearts and imaginations and have given many of us memories that have lasted through multiple generations.
Staring tonight, December 7th, the St. Louis Symphony begins their Holiday selections with Handel’s Messiah. Conducted by Christopher Warren-Green, it is a fixture of the Christmas Season. Written by George Frideric Handel in 1742, mixing both orchestration and choir, it is one of the most emotional and uplifting pieces of music ever known.
Handel’s Messiah will be played on the following Dates/Times:
- December 7th at 8:00pm
- December 8th at 8:00pm
- December 9th at 3:00pm
Tickets are priced between $32 – $130 depending on what seats you choose. Student Discounts are sold out! Children 5 and up can attend most concerts, but it is up to the discretion of the House Manager. Handel’s Messiah is approximately 2 hours long, which you should take into consideration when considering children and/or schedules.
If you can attend, it is certain to be a memorable experience!
Stay tuned! Each week I will be updating you on the fabulous Holiday selections from The St. Louis Symphony and at the end we will be joining in during the finale event – The Holiday Celebration!
For more information in regards to seats, pricing, parking, etc. please visit Symphony 101/FAQ. To look up Concerts Dates/Times and to order Tickets, visit Performances. Please keep in mind that if you are scheduling a visit for the Holiday season that tickets go quickly! A Gospel Christmas with Take 6 is already sold out and only has Standing Room Tickets. Be sure to purchase early!
Students can also receive Discounted prices on selected concerts!
I received complimentary tickets to The Christmas Celebration for my family for promotion. We fully support the St. Louis Arts & Music foundations.