Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Gets 'Lost in Space'

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Gets 'Lost in Space'

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Summer blockbuster season is here, which means Hollywood will once again look to the big screen for thrills. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will strive for the same with "Lost in Space," a concert featuring music from movies "Star Wars," "Star Trek," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Apollo 13" and "Gravity."

While a summer concert of popular movive soundtracks may be practical, the appeal is personal for conductor Steven Jarvi.

"For me, it's like my inner 8-year-old is gonna explode onstage," he says.

As with many a science-fiction acolyte, the pull of "Star Wars" proves the most magnetic for Jarvi. Comprising the second half of the program, the SLSO will perform a new suite of music from the original trilogy dubbed the "Star Wars Saga" giving fans the opportunity to relive scenes that aren't featured in the "Star Wars Suite," the traditional program for orchestral tributes to the popular franchise. Much to Jarvi's delight, this includes the asteroid field sequence from "The Empire Strikes Back."

"I'm so excited to play the asteroid field music because I can remember as a kid, my hair would stand up on end, and I never really get tired of it," Jarvi says.

That childlike sense of wonder also runs through the program's first half, divided among "Star Trek," "2001," "Apollo 13" and "Gravity."

"2001" aligns with Jarvi's desire to feature classical music in the program, including Johann Strauss' "Blue Danube," which Jarvi praises for an "elegant nature" that frames a famous sequence depicting a docking spacecraft as a waltz. …

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