St. Louis Symphony Orchestra teams up with noted Mahler interpreter Peter Oundjian for performance of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 

March 2-3 program also features pianist Lars Vogt performing Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 with the SLSO

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(January 31, 2019, St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will perform the final of Gustav Mahler's completed symphonies in a program that brings conductor Peter Oundjian, a noted Mahler interpreter and SLSO collaborator, to St. Louis for the 14th time. The concerts will take place at 8:00pm Saturday, March 2, and 3:00pm Sunday, March 3.

Peter OundjianDescribed as "extraordinary" and the composer's "greatest achievement" by Mahler interpreters, Symphony No. 9 was named the fourth-best symphony of all time by BBC Music Magazine in 2016 after a poll of the world's top conductors. Oundjian, pictured left, conducted the symphony on his final program as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in spring 2018. He is nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Compendium category for his recordings of works by Vaughan Williams.

The opening work of the concert is arguably Mozart's most famous piano concerto: his Piano Concerto No. 21. Lars Vogt returns for his sixth engagement with the SLSO to perform the concerto. The piece was used in the 1967 film, Elvira Madigan, and is often referred to as the "Elvira Madigan" concerto. Vogt, an in-demand international pianist, has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, "Elvira Madigan"
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

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, March 2, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance, along with interviews of Oundjian and Vogt during intermission. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU) or online (

The 18/19 SLSO Classical Season is presented by World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation and runs through May 12, 2019.

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

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 139th year with the 2018/2019 season. Widely considered one of the world's finest, 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 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the diverse and vibrant St. Louis community, presenting free education 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 this season marking the 42nd year of their 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, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as Music Director with the 19/20 season, following this season as Music Director Designate. For more information, visit

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