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ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY OPENING WEEKEND

ST. LOUIS— The St. Louis Symphony opens its 134th season this weekend, September 20-22 at Powell Hall.  The classical subscription series is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and runs until May 11, 2014.

Opening Weekend’s program explores contrasts and connections between three iconic composers and their works:  Ives, Copland and Tchaikovsky.  Now in his ninth season, Music Director David Robertson will be at the podium for the performances, which also feature soloist Kirill Gerstein and narrator Wintley Phipps.

Saturday also marks the first live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony 13-14 season on St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 – KWMU.  The broadcast begins at 8pm and will also be streamed live at stlpublicradio.org.

Tickets remain for all three performances and may be purchased online at stlsymphony.org, by calling 314-534-1700 or in person at the Powell Hall Box Office, located at 718 North Grand.

Opening Weekend
Friday, September 20, 8pm

Saturday, September 21, 8pm

Sunday, September 22, 3pm

David Robertson, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, soloist

Wintley Phipps, narrator

SMITH                                   The Star-Spangled Banner

IVES                                       Three Places in New England

COPLAND                            Lincoln Portrait

TCHAIKOVSKY                   Piano Concerto No. 1

 

*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.