The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2017-2018 season opened with a two-week celebration of Mozart.
Pianist Emanuel Ax was the featured guest artist.
Ax played the piano with precision, poise, and passion for during the performances.
Ax split his time between playing piano concertos and meeting music students.
8-year-old Oscar Ramirez, who is a blind, spent time with Ax backstage and onstage before a performance.
“It was really cool and fun,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez dreams of becoming a concert pianist.
“We had a nice exchange,” Ax said. “He played a few notes for me, and I played a little for him.”
Ax also visited Jennings High School. He performed for the students and held a question and answer session.
James McKay, the Jennings School District orchestra teacher, helped lead the question and answer session.
“It was a really phenomenal experience to have someone who has won seven Grammys right here in our school district,” McKay said.
Ax also invited the Jennings students to Powell Hall for one of his performances.
“It’s just a pleasure to meet people that love music,” Ax said.
For a finale to remember, Ax went to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game with SLSO staff members.
“I got to see the St. Louis Cardinals ballpark, which was very exciting,” Ax said. “It was a great stay.”