St. Louis Symphony Orchestra brings music to families with performance of Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead

Families encouraged to arrive early ahead of October 14 Family Concert for Instrument Playground and trick-or-treating

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(September 27, 2018, St. Louis, MO) – Families are invited to celebrate Halloween early with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's presentation of Lemony Snicket's murder-mystery whodunit: The Composer is Dead. The October 14 Family Concert gives young music-loving sleuths the opportunity to unravel the mystery of who killed the composer in a concert of wit, wonder, and whimsy.

Families are encouraged to arrive early for the SLSO's Instrument Playground – where children ages 5 to 12 can explore, touch, and play instruments of the orchestra. Starting at 2:00pm before each Family Concert, families can discover many different orchestral instruments in this hands-on experience located in Powell Hall's Wightman Grand Foyer. Costumes are encouraged, as trick-or-treat stations will be available prior to the concert.

Costumed visitors at Powell Hall can tag @slso on Instagram or Twitter and include the hashtag #slsoween to be entered in a drawing for two tickets to the Mercy Holiday Celebration December 21-23.

The performance of Lemony Snicket's The Composer is Dead is the first of three Family Concerts planned for the 2018/2019 season. The SLSO created its Family Concert series to engage and capture the imaginations of younger listeners and make orchestral concerts accessible to parents with young children. SLSO Family concerts are usually 45 minutes long with no intermission – making them a great introductory experience for young patrons and families. For more information about Family Concerts, visit .

Additional Family Concerts are Cinderella (Sunday, February 17, 2019) and Carnival of the Animals (Sunday, March 24, 2019).

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Lee Mills, conductor
Omega D. Jones, narrator

Tickets are on sale now and start at $8 for children. Visit Tickets 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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