St. Louis Symphony Orchestra invites listeners to hear Beethoven, Berlioz, Ligeti, Bartók, Rimsky-Korsakov at early October concerts

October 5-6 concerts feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral,” and Berlioz’ Harold in Italy with soloist Beth Guterman Chu, SLSO principal viola, and Bramwell Tovey, conductor

October 12-13 concert program includes Ligeti’s Concert Românesc, Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade; with conductor Gustavo Gimeno and pianist Javier Perianes both making their SLSO debuts

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(September 25, 2018, St. Louis, MO) –
Two programs by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in October will transport listeners to locations from Italy to Hungary to the Middle East as the SLSO continues its 139th season, titled “From Our Family to Yours.”

Friday, October 5, and Saturday, October 6

Beth Guterman ChuThe SLSO plays Beethoven’s serene Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral” – an homage to the tranquility and power of nature in what is considered one of the composer’s most thematic works.

Then, Principal Viola Beth Guterman Chu – one of seven SLSO musicians featured as soloists during the season – takes center stage in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, a musical tour of the historic country inspired by Lord Byron’s poem, “Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage.” Bramwell Tovey, a frequent SLSO collaborator, conducts.


Friday, October 5, 2018            10:30am
Saturday, October 6, 2018          8:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Beth Guterman Chu, viola

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy

Attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 9:30am Friday, October 5, and 7:00pm Saturday, October 6, in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by St. Louis Symphony Chorus Director Amy Kaiser.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, October 6, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU) or online (

Friday, October 12, and Saturday, October 13

Javier PerianesConductor Gustavo Gimeno makes his debut leading the SLSO in Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, an epic piece that recalls the tale of a courageous woman who marries an Arabian Sultan and must cleverly captivate her new husband with 1,001 exotic tales.

Preceding Scheherazde is a pair of pieces inspired by Hungarian and Romanian folk songs. Györgi Ligeti’s Concert Românesc opens the concert. Pianist Javier Perianes makes his SLSO debut performing Béla Bartók’s final work – Piano Concerto No. 3. Gimeno and Perianes are two of 17 artists making their SLSO debuts during the 2018/2019 season.


Friday, October 12, 2018             8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018         8:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano

LIGETI Concert Românesc 
BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00pm in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by Resident Conductor Gemma New.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, October 13, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. 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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