St. Louis Symphony Orchestra welcomes debut of cellist Daniel Müller-Schott in an all-French program led by conductor Gilbert Varga

SLSO performs Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Lalo's Cello Concerto, and Franck's Symphony in D minor in March 22-23 concerts

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(February 22, 2019, St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs an all-French program featuring the debut of cellist Daniel Müller-Schott and the return of SLSO collaborator, conductor Gilbert Varga. The concerts take place on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23.

Daniel Müller-SchottVarga, appearing with the SLSO for the ninth time, leads the SLSO in a performance of Franck's only symphony, described by the composer as "sweet, melancholy, radiant and quasi luminous." Opening the concert is Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice, made famous by its inclusion in the 1940 Disney film, Fantasia. The symphonic poem was inspired by Goethe's 1797 poem of the same name.

Acclaimed for his "spotlessly pure sound" (Los Angeles Times), Müller-Schott, pictured above left, performs Lalo's Cello Concerto in his SLSO debut. An internationally-renowned cellist, Müller-Schott also appears this season with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Stuttgart Philharmonic, and Prague Philharmonic.

Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:30am
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Gilbert Varga, conductor
Daniel Müller-Schott, cello

DUKAS The Sorcerer's Apprentice
LALO Cello Concerto
FRANCK Symphony in D minor

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 9:30am Friday and 7:00pm Saturday 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 23, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance, along with interviews of Varga and Müller-Schott during intermission. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU) or online (

Shuttle service from West County is available for the Friday morning concert. Shuttle tickets are $15 per passenger per concert. The motor coach departs the St. Louis County Library Headquarters (1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.) promptly at 9:15am and returns by 1:30pm. All passengers must have both a Shuttle and Coffee concert ticket.

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

Tickets, including subscriptions for the 2019/2020 season, 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 and Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève. 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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