(St. Louis, March 8, 2018) – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the St. Louis Black Repertory Company, and the Center of Creative Arts (COCA) have collaborated to create the SLSO’s next Family Concert, Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland, which they will perform at Powell Hall on March 18. Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Gemma New will be at the podium for the performance.

The concert will highlight three of the premiere arts organizations in St. Louis. SLSO musicians, the Black Rep actors, and COCA dancers will breathe new life into the tale of Carlo Collodi’s enchanting marionette. The concert also will feature music from other family favorites, including The Barber of Seville Overture and Flight of the Bumblebee.

Before the concert, families can enjoy many activities, including photo opportunities with puppets Pinocchio and Geppetto from Bob Kramer’s Marionettes. Children can create their own bumblebee with COCA teaching artists. And, families can enjoy a hands-on experience with different orchestral instruments as part of the Instrument Playground staffed by SLSO volunteers.

To purchase tickets for Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland and other SLSO concerts, visit or call the Box Office at 314-534-1700. Tickets start at $8.

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Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland

Sunday, March 18

Powell Hall

2:00pm Pre-Concert Family Activities – including the Instrument Playground, a craft with COCA, and photo opportunity with Bob Kramer’s Marionettes

3:00pm Concert

Gemma New, conductor

Ron Himes, The St. Louis Black Repertory Company, narrator

Kirven Douthit-Boyd, COCA-Center of Creative Arts, choreography

ROSSINI The Barber of Seville Overture

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Flight of the Bumblebee from Tale of the Tsar Saltan

MICHAEL GANDOLFI Pinocchio’s Adventures in Funland


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of the today’s most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world’s finest. Now in its 138th season, the orchestra is committed to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connection – all in service to its mission of enriching people’s lives through the power of music.

In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which marks its 50th anniversary as home of the SLSO this season, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting hundreds of free education programs and performances throughout the region each year. The Grammy Award–winning SLSO’s impact beyond the St. Louis region is realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, celebrated recordings, and regular touring activity.

American conductor David Robertson is the 12th music director in the orchestra’s history and has solidified the SLSO’s standing as one of the nation’s most vital and innovative ensembles. The current SLSO season honors the legacy of Music Director David Robertson, whose remarkable 13-year tenure will conclude at the close of the season in May.

Today, the SLSO builds on the institution’s current momentum on all fronts, including artistic, financial, audience growth, and community impact, and looks toward the future with Stéphane Denève. Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following next season as Music Director Designate.