St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Stéphane Denève open 2020 with works by Wagner and Strauss, January 18-19, 2020

The SLSO's first concert in 2020 features Artist-in-Residence, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2; the St. Louis premiere of Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour; Wagner's Siegfried Idyll; and finishes with a suite of music from Richard Strauss' opera, Der Rosenkavalier

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(December 16, 2019, St. Louis, MO) – Music Director Stéphane Denève, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and SLSO Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet open 2020 with a concert of diverse works by Wagner, Liszt, Anna Clyne, and Richard Strauss. The concerts are Saturday, January 18, at 8:00pm, and Sunday, January 19, at 3:00pm.

Denève and the 140-year-old SLSO open the concert with Wagner's Siegfried Idyll, a tone poem composed to honor Wagner's son Siegfried. Next, the SLSO's Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet Artist-in-Residence, pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet, takes audiences on a thrilling journey through Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 2.

The SLSO also performs Anna Clyne's This Midnight Hour, inspired by text by French poet Charles Baudelaire. These performances, the first in St. Louis, demonstrate Denève's continued commitment to music of today. In his inaugural season as Music Director, Denève programmed 16 works by composers of today. The concerts conclude with a suite of music from the Richard Strauss comic opera, Der Rosenkavalier.

The concerts follow a recital by Thibaudet with members of the SLSO on January 17 at Washington University in St. Louis, performing works by Poulenc and Shostakovich . For more information, visit

Calendar listing
Saturday, January 18, 2020, 8:00pm
Sunday, January 19, 2020, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

WAGNER Siegfried Idyll
LISZT Piano Concerto No. 2
Anna CLYNE This Midnight Hour
R. STRAUSS Der Rosenkavalier Suite

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by SLSO Creative Partner Tim Munro.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, January 18, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance with interviews of Denève and Thibaudet at intermission. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU) or online (

The 19/20 SLSO Classical Season is presented by World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation and runs through May 9, 2020.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.

About the Stéphane Denève
Stéphane Denève is Music Director of the Brussels Philharmonic and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of The Philadelphia Orchestra, and Director of the Centre for Future Orchestral Repertoire (CffOR). He has previously served as Chief Conductor of Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra (SWR) and Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.

Recognized internationally for the exceptional quality of his performances and programming, Denève regularly appears at major concert venues with the world's greatest orchestras and soloists. He has a special affinity for the music of his native France, and is a passionate advocate for music of the 21st century. A gifted communicator and educator, he is committed to inspiring the next generation of musicians and listeners, and has worked regularly with young people in the programmes such as those of the Tanglewood Music Center, New World Symphony, the Colburn School, the European Union Youth Orchestra, and the Music Academy of the West.

He is a frequent guest with leading orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra Sinfonica dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, The Cleveland Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Vienna Symphony, DSO Berlin and NHK Symphony.

In the field of opera, Stéphane Denève has led productions at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne Festival, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Saito Kinen Festival, Gran Teatro de Liceu, Netherlands Opera, La Monnaie, Deutsche Oper Am Rhein, and at the Opéra National de Paris.

As a recording artist, he has won critical acclaim for his recordings of the works of Poulenc, Debussy, Ravel, Roussel, Franck, and Honegger. He is a triple winner of the Diapason d'Or of the Year, has been shortlisted for Gramophone's Artist of the Year Award, and has won the prize for symphonic music at the International Classical Music Awards. His most recent releases include a live recording of Honegger's Jeanne d'arc au bûcher with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, and two discs of the works of Guillaume Connesson with the Brussels Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon.
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About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as one of today's most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 140th year with the 2019/2020 season and its first with Music Director Stéphane Denève. Widely considered one of the world's finest orchestras, the SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections – all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, which has been the permanent home of the SLSO for more than 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting dozens of free education and community programs and performances throughout the region each year. It presents St. Louis Symphony Live at the Pulitzer, a four-program series at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The SLSO also serves as the resident orchestra for Opera Theatre Saint Louis, with the upcoming season marking the 43rd year of the partnership.

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, acclaimed recordings, and regular touring activity. A sought-after artistic partner by preeminent musicians and composers from across the globe, as well as by local and national organizations, the SLSO enjoys a long history of robust and enduring artistic collaborations that have developed and deepened over the years.

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 begins his tenure as the SLSO's 13th Music Director with the 19/20 season. For more information, visit

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