The Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis will celebrate Motown with a free concert featuring Theo Peoples, a native of St. Louis and a member of the Temptations and Four Tops.
After a social-distancing gig almost a year ago, the orchestra is ready for an encore, says Wendy Lea, the orchestra’s musical director.
“It’s the marriage of a symphony supporting a true American musical style,” she says. “Our musicians are hungry to play again… and to present new sounds to people accustomed to old sounds. “
Lea says MOSL will feature fan favorites such as “Superstition,” “My Girl,” “On Broadway,” “Great Pretender,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” “Only You” and “Stand by Me”. Each classic will come to life with three soloists, including Peoples, supported by the orchestra.
The outdoor concert, on the Jaycee Stage at Frontier Park in St. Charles, will provide a necessary level of COVID-19 safety, Lea says. There is enough space for musicians, who are vaccinated, and audience members to stay 6 feet apart.
“It’s an attempt to help everyone,” she said. “Get back together, have a little fun, safe and keep our local businesses afloat. “
Peoples will be joined by Joe Coleman and Joe Blunt, formerly of the Platters and Drifters, respectively. Peoples say this Motown symphonic fusion concert is a concept they want to tour nationally.