Sportscaster Ron Jacober is joining the symphony

Courtesy of Belleville News-Democrat

Conductor Robert Hart Baker was thrilled when legendary St. Louis sportscaster Ron Jacober agreed to perform with the Belleville Philharmonic Orchestra this weekend.

Jacober won’t be playing an instrument. He’ll be serving as a play-by-play announcer for the first movement of Beethoven’s “Symphony No. 5,” complete with digs at musicians who miss notes or otherwise let down the team.

“Even the conductor gets penalized for not following the oboe solo properly,” Baker said. …

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