ST. LOUIS— The St. Louis Symphony marks its unofficial start to the 2013-2014 season with its free Forest Park concert, taking place Tuesday, September 17 at 7pm on Art Hill. 

The annual concert gives the audience a chance to preview some of the Symphony’s offerings for the upcoming season.  Selections will include works from Berlioz, Beethoven and Britten, just to name a few.

Steven Jarvi will be at the podium, making his debut as the St. Louis Symphony’s Resident Conductor. 

The St. Louis Art Museum will feature extended hours just prior to the concert, up until the start at 7pm.  Food trucks will also be on-site, and picnicking is encouraged.   Bring lawn chairs, blankets and be sure to stay for the dazzling fireworks display immediately following the performance, generously provided by longtime Symphony friend Mary Ann Lee.

Forest Park Concert:  Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm

Steven Jarvi, conductor
Art Hill, Forest Park

SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture
WAGNER Prelude to Act III from Lohengrin
BRITTEN“Frolicsome Finale from Simple Symphony
BEETHOVEN First Movement from Symphony No. 6, "Pastorale"
DUKAS The Sorcerer's Apprentice
MASCAGNI Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana
STEINER Casablanca Suite
BROOKS The Producers
WILLIAMS “Throne Room & End Title” from Star Wars
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever


*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 134th 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.