St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs Bruckner's monumental final symphony

Under the direction of conductor John Storgårds, SLSO performs Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1 with pianist Ingrid Fliter and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 on November 30-December 1

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(November 8, 2018, St. Louis, MO) – Guest conductor John Storgårds returns to St. Louis for the seventh time to lead the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in performances of Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 1, featuring pianist Ingrid Fliter, and Bruckner's Symphony No. 9. The concerts will take place Friday, November 30, and Saturday, December 1, at Powell Hall.

Acclaimed by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as "one of the finest pianists on the scene today," pianist Ingrid Fliter performs Mendelssohn's spirited Piano Concerto No. 1. Mendelssohn incorporated several innovative techniques in this concerto, whose original popularity hasn't waned since its first performance in 1831. Fliter performs this lively concerto on her fifth appearance with the SLSO.

Last performed by the SLSO in 1998, Bruckner's Symphony No. 9 closes the program. A devout Catholic, Bruckner's compositions are often described as "meditative"; he dedicated Symphony No. 9 "To God the Beloved." The symphony evolves throughout its duration with compelling contrasts. Bruckner did not complete the final movement before his death in 1896. Some performances of Symphony No. 9 include finales completed by musicologists who closely studied Bruckner's composition style.

Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:30am
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

John Storgårds, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9

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 pianist Peter Henderson.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, December 1, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance, along with interviews of Storgårds and Fliter 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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