We've heard some wonderful symphonies here. The STL Orchestra is talented.
The hall is rather elegant with grand circling white wood staircases and Christmas red carpet lining the halls and stairs. There is a drink bar and a snack bar where they sell some pretty tasty cake. It's expensive however ($5/slice).
It's a popular past-time for business people and symphony lovers. However, socially speaking, there aren't very many young people to talk to or blend with, which is a little discouraging. If you aren't grey-haired you may feel just a little out of place. Many other goers are not friendly or social, but rather clique-ish.
The hall has good accoustics. You can hear the symphony well wherever you sit. We usually sit close to the stage just so that we can see the performers up close.
The tickets run anywhere from about $40-80bucks per ticket on average. Sometimes they have specials on the tickets. Not usually. I recommend that you sit in the center front parquet, especially if you are first visiting. Ask for seats that are in rows A-J.
The Selections: The program directors do a good job of intermingling classical favorites with quality unknown selections. Occasionally, you'll have to suffer through an undynamic. monotonous piece to get the better selections.
Should you visit the symphony, I hope you'll enjoy it.
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