Itinerary includes UC-Davis residency and performances, March 15-20

(ST. LOUIS) The St. Louis Symphony returns to California this month, touring the state March 15-20.  The Symphony, led by Music Director David Robertson, will take part in an intensive 3-day residency program at the University of California, Davis and Sacramento, which will include numerous community concerts, coachings with elementary, secondary and high school students, a side-by-side rehearsal with the UC-Davis Symphony Orchestra, a concert featuring Symphony soloists at Sacramento’s Crocker Art Museum, and a special performance at the Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate the Center’s 10th anniversary. Violinist James Ehnes will join the St. Louis Symphony to perform Berg’s Violin Concerto at the Mondavi Center.

The orchestra will also perform at venues in Costa Mesa, Palm Desert and Santa Barbara. St. Louis Symphony Principal Flute, Mark Sparks, will perform the Rouse Flute Concerto at these venues.

It is the second California tour for the St. Louis Symphony in three years; in September 2012, the orchestra performed in Europe for the first time since 1998.

Programs for the California tour are as follows:

Sunday, March 17, 2013—Sacramento (Crocker Art Museum)

KODÁLY:  Sonata for Solo Cello, op. 8

PETER EÖTVÖS:  Psalm 151, “In memoriam Frank Zappa

BERIO:  Sequenza VIII for Solo Violin

Erin Schreiber, violin

Daniel Lee, cello

William James, percussion

Sunday, March 17, 2013—Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, UC Davis

BRAHMS:  Variations on a Theme of Haydn

BERG:  Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN:  Symphony No. 2

David Robertson, conductor

James Ehnes, violin

March, March 18, 2013—Costa Mesa  (Renée & Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

Monday, March 18, 2013—Costa Mesa (Renée and Harry Segerstrom Concert Hall)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013—Palm Desert (McCallum Theatre)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013—Santa Barbara (Granada Theatre)

R. STRAUSS:  Don Juan

ROUSE:  Flute Concerto

HINDEMITH:  Mathis der Maler Symphony

R. STRAUSS:  Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

David Robertson, conductor

Mark Sparks, Principal Flute, St. Louis Symphony


*Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 132nd season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.