St. Louis Symphony Orchestra previews its 2019/2020 season, which welcomes Stéphane Denève as Music Director, with special concert led by Resident Conductor Gemma New, June 2

Concert features highlights from SLSO's upcoming 140th season; $10 tickets on sale now

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(April 9, 2019, St. Louis, MO) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced a special, one-afternoon-only preview concert with selections from its upcoming 2019/2020 season, the SLSO's 140th. Led by SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New, the concert is at 3:00pm, Sunday, June 2, at Powell Hall. Tickets to this special hour-long program are $10 each. After the performance, SLSO musicians will visit with guests in the Wightman Grand foyer and Met Bar, answer questions, and share their recommendations for concerts in the upcoming season.

In the 19/20 season, Stéphane Denève will become the 13th Music Director of the SLSO and will lead the orchestra for 12 weeks total throughout the season, including 11 classical subscription programs, a Live at Powell Hall program, and the SLSO's annual New Year's Eve Celebration concert. Denève was a regular guest conductor with the SLSO beginning in 2003 before his appointment as the next Music Director in June 2017.

During the June 2 preview concert, the orchestra will perform selections that represent key themes Denève and the SLSO will highlight throughout the 19/20 season: the Franco-American arch that bridges French and American musical cultures, composers of our time including John Williams and John Adams, new concert experiences such as a symphonic play about Maurice Ravel's life, and the music of dance and movement.

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

Gemma New, conductor

Program to include highlights from the 2019/2020 season.

Tickets for the 19/20 preview concert and subscription packages for the 19/20 season are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700. Single tickets for the 19/20 season – including Live at Powell Hall concerts – go on sale this July.

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 more than 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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