January 22 concert at The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts is American premiere and

Invites new opportunity to engage with contemporary classic music, space, and visual arts

ST. LOUIS, January 13, 2014The St. Louis Symphony, in partnership with The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, is preparing for the U.S. premiere of John Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras as a part of the Pulitzer’s 9-day series of programs, ResetReset features a wide range of participatory experiences at the Pulitzer, including the Cage performance.  St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson will conduct the groundbreaking performance on Wednesday, January 22, 2014which will feature the entire orchestra for the first time in Pulitzer Concert Series history. This particular performance at the Pulitzer is inspired by the sense of permissiveness and open galleries that is at the heart of the Reset series, rather than the exhibition on view as has been the case with past concerts.

The St. Louis Symphony performance is one of the Reset highlights among a broad spectrum of performance, time-based and participatory programs to emphasize the range of experiences the public can have with and in an arts institution— from personal and meditative  to highly active and engaged.

For this unique concert, the St. Louis Symphony will be divided into five ensembles positioned throughout the entire Tadao Ando-designed Pulitzer building.  The scale and format for performing Cage’s Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras will utilize the gallery space in a new way.  Another element that will heighten the experience of the performance is the site-specific floor installation by New York-based artist David Scanavino. Serving as an inspiration and focal point for Reset events, Scanavino’s floor sculpture Candy Crush will be installed in the main gallery to provide a dynamic atmosphere for the programs.  Scanavino explores issues of volume, color, and illusion through his installations often constructed from inexpensive and accessible materials such as linoleum tiles.

The Pulitzer Concert Series is an on-going collaboration that pairs contemporary classical works, carefully selected by STL Symphony Music Director David Robertson, to complement current exhibitions on view in the Pulitzer galleries.  Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras was commissioned by the Orchestre national de Lorraine and the Centre Européen pour la Recherche Musicale in 1981. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 7:30pm  Doors open at 7:00 pm

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts

3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63108

David Robertson, conductor
Steven Jarvi, conductor
Rei Hotoda, conductor
Jerry Hou, conductor
Lee Mills, conductor
Brett Dean, viola

CAGE                                                     Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras (1981) (US Premiere)
BRETT DEAN                                       Sketches for Siegbert (2011)
CAGE                                                     Thirty Pieces for Five Orchestras (1981)

Single tickets are $20.  To purchase tickets, call 314-534-1700 or visit

About the Collaborating Institutions

Founded in 1880 and now in its 134th season, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director, the second American-born conductor to hold that post in the Orchestra’s history.  The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement:  enriching people’s live through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year. In May 2009, the Symphony implemented an encompassing strategic plan that includes a 10-year vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, expanding audience and revenue growth across all key operating areas.

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts provides an intimate space for exploring the arts, fosters community engagement, and inspires its audiences to think differently about art and its relationship to their lives. Founded in 2001 as a 501 (c)3 nonprofit, the Pulitzer is dedicated to utilizing its Tadao Ando-designed building to create multilayered, sensory experiences that link the visual arts with other cultural forms and heighten audience understanding and enjoyment. Its diverse public programming and extended exhibition
presentations stimulate deeper public engagement and have made the institution an integral part of the Grand Center arts district and cultural landscape in St. Louis. The Pulitzer is free and open on Wednesdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 314-754-1850.