In its previous season, the Saint Joseph Symphony took people on journeys of symphonic legends, myths and space exploration. For its 2019-20 installment, it will go even further.
Four giant concerts at the Missouri Theater and three smaller chamber concerts will take audiences from the movies and the Polar Express to showcases of monumental art.
Here’s what’s coming up at the Missouri Theater:
“Meet Me at the Movies – The Final Cut” (7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28) — In 2014, the symphony invited its audience to “Meet Me at the Movies.” In 2016, it issued a second installment with “Meet Me at the Movies — The Sequel.” Like any good cinematic adventure, the symphony will conclude the trilogy with “The Final Cut,” a showcase of classic movie composers including John Williams, Hans Zimmer, Ennio Morricone and Nino Rota.
“Home for the Holidays” (7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14) — In 2018, the symphony took its audience to a “Viennese Holiday” for its seasonal showcase. It will return to the U.S. in the fittingly titled “Home for the Holidays” concert. The show will include a mixture of beloved big-screen pieces from movies like “Home Alone,” “Miracle on 34th Street” and “Frozen.” As always, there will be a big sing-along showcase at the end.
“Invitation to Dance” (7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020) — Promising a variety of different dance pieces, from “Slavonic Dances” to foxtrot and tap dance, this symphony concert will pay tribute to rug-cutting, majestic performance art.
“Monuments Men AND Women of Music” (7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2020) — Maybe you know of “The Monuments Men” from the George Clooney/Bill Murray film of the same name, or if you’re a history buff, you’ve probably known about these World War II-era preservers of historic art. In a similar way that these men and women helped save works of art from being demolished and forgotten, the symphony will unearth some undiscovered masterpieces from composers like Lili Boulanger and Germaine Tailleferre, in hopes the audience will help their legacies carry on.
The season also will continue the symphony’s intimate Chamber Music series, including: “Chamber Concert I: String Quartet,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at Ashland United Methodist Church, 2711 Ashland Ave.; “Chamber Concert II: Wind Quintet,” 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Huffman United Methodist Church, 2802 Renick St.; and “Chamber Concert III: Piano with Strings,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, at Ashland United Methodist Church.
Season tickets are available from $25.50 to $178.50 per person. To learn more about available packages or to order season or single tickets, call the symphony office at 816-233-7701, or order online at saintjosephsymphony.org.
— Andrew Gaug | ST. JOE LIVE