St. Louis Symphony campaign urges fans to “save” Powell Hall

Posted on: March 21, 2012

Tuesday (3/20) on the Post-Dispatch online (St. Louis), Sarah Bryan Miller writes, “The pleas are mounting, including one on a billboard on westbound I-64/40: ‘SAVE POWELL HALL.’ The former St. Louis Theater is not actually under the threat of the wrecking ball. The home of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra does face a musical onslaught in the form of Prokofiev’s ‘earth-shattering’ ‘Scythian Suite,’ to be performed by music director David Robertson and the SLSO on April 14 and 15. It’s a high-decibel piece, scored for ‘very large orchestra,’ and it will make an impression on concertgoers. ‘Do your part. Cushion the blow. Save your seat,’ pleads the ad campaign. ‘Without a full house to absorb the sound, this thing will bring Powell Hall to the ground.’ It continues, ‘We need your butt in a seat. Bring others with you.’ … The tongue-in-cheek campaign, complete with its own webpage and a video, is getting some attention—and the offer of $22 tickets should clinch the deal. The concert also features famed pianist Leon Fleisher as soloist in Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, and Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances.”

Posted March 21, 2012