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ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2017 SPAIN TOUR

February 8-11, 2017
Sponsored by the Centene Charitable Foundation

ST. LOUIS— Today, the St. Louis Symphony announced plans for its upcoming 2017 Spain Tour. Music Director David Robertson and the orchestra will perform in València and Oviedo, as well as in the Spanish capital of Madrid for two concerts during this four concert, three city tour. The tour is made possible through a leadership grant of $500,000 by the Centene Charitable Foundation.

Robertson has selected two unique programs for the Spain tour. Violinist Gil Shaham will perform Korngold’s Violin Concerto in three concerts with the orchestra. Swedish trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will join the orchestra as featured soloist for one of the Madrid concerts. He will perform Fisher King for Trumpet and Orchestra, a concerto by contemporary Norwegian composer Rolf Wallin.

Marie-Hélène Bernard, President & CEO of the St. Louis Symphony, said: “Touring is an important part of a major orchestra’s life. We love playing to St. Louis audiences, but it is also important for the orchestra to represent St. Louis in the wider world, as we will in Spain. We choose programs that truly shine, which show off the skills of our musicians and display our innovative spirit. This is only possible because of the extraordinary leadership and generosity of Centene, which recognizes the uniqueness of this opportunity for our city and the Symphony.”

Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President and CEO of Centene Corporation, said: “Centene has a growing business in Spain through our investment in Ribera Salud. We are pleased to support these concerts and connect St. Louis, València and Madrid through the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s music.”

This will be the STL Symphony’s first visit to Spain since 1998, which was led by the late Hans Vonk. The orchestra most recently toured Europe in 2012, the first under David Robertson. That tour generated much critical acclaim. The Guardian said: “The St Louis Symphony Orchestra made an impressive and thoroughly engaging Proms debut…This illustrious band, with exuberant but never bombastic brass and supple, well-drilled strings, and their chief conductor David Robertson played a mixed programme which formed a satisfying arc…In response to thunderous applause, the encore was Bernstein's overture to Candide – so riotously catchy it will play away merrily on the brain for weeks, ensuring the St Louis players are not quickly forgotten.”

Schedule

February 8, 2017 at 8 PM—València (Palau de la Música)
David Robertson, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

ADAMS: The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”

February 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM—Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Música)
David Robertson, conductor
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet

COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite
WALLIN: Fisher King, for Trumpet and Orchestra
BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92

February 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM —Madrid (Auditorio Nacional de Musica)
David Robertson, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

ADAMS: The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”

February 11, 2017 at 8 PM —Oviedo (Auditorio Principe Felipe)
David Robertson, conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

ADAMS: The Chairman Dances, Foxtrot for Orchestra
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35
DVOŘÁK: Symphony No. 9 in E minor, op. 95, “From the New World”