After 20-year hiatus, St. Louis Symphony to perform at Gateway Arch for July 4 celebrations

Posted on: July 3, 2018

“This year, Fair St. Louis will feature the biggest act in the region: the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Friday’s (6/29) St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Fair St. Louis is an annual July event traditionally held around the city’s Gateway Arch; from 2014 to 2017, the events were held in Forest Park, due to construction at the Gateway Arch. The orchestra last performed at the Arch in 1998. “On the evening of July Fourth, they’ll play … patriotic tunes [and] distinctively American music by Aaron Copland [and] Tchaikovsky’s ‘1812’ Overture,” led by Kevin McBeth. Fireworks will follow. “Q: Are there advantages to outdoor concerts? SLSO violinist Rebecca Boyer Hall: They’re really beneficial. The (SLSO) is such a well-known entity in St. Louis, but there are a lot of people who have never heard us. I enjoy the Forest Park concerts, which have just grown into something huge. I have friends and neighbors that usually don’t come down to Powell Hall, but they troop down to Forest Park, and they love it.” The 90-acre Gateway Arch National Park in St. Louis reopens July 3, after substantial renovations.

Posted July 3, 2018