St. Louis Symphony Orchestra opens 2021/2022 season with two Live at Powell Hall concerts: A collaboration with multi-talented artist Kishi Bashi and a tribute to the music of Motown

On September 17, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Kishi Bashi collaborates with the SLSO in a concert led by Norman Huynh, featuring Improvisations on EO9066, a multimedia exploration of Japanese internment during World War II

On September 18, Kevin McBeth, St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus Director, leads Dancing In the Street: The Music of Motown, a tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, Diana Ross, and more

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(August 17, 2021, St. Louis, MO) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced details of the first two concerts of its 2021/2022 season, Live at Powell Hall concerts featuring vocalist, instrumentalist, and composer Kishi Bashi, and a tribute to the music of Motown. Kishi Bashi performs with the SLSO at 7:30pm, Friday, September 17, while Dancing In the Street: The Music of Motown, takes place at 7:30pm, Saturday, September 18.

Tickets start at $40 for Kishi Bashi and $35 for The Music of Motown and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 314-534-1700. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 10:00am to 4:00pm.

Kishi Bashi's collaboration with the SLSO will include Improvisations on EO9066, a multimedia piece inspired by Executive Order 9066, the order issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt that led to the forced relocation and internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. Additional repertoire will be announced from the stage. Kishi Bashi's four studio albums have been met with critical acclaim. His 2019 album, Omoiyari, peaked at number ten on the U.S. Independent Albums chart. A trained violinist, Kishi Bashi has toured with popular artists including Regina Spektor, of Montreal, and Alexi Murdoch. This concert will be conducted by Norman Huynh, Associate Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and frequent SLSO guest conductor.

In a companion learning opportunity, the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in downtown St. Louis features an exhibit exploring the experience of Japanese Americans during World War II. Righting a Wrong: Japanese Americans and World War II, available through October 3, was developed by the National Museum of American History and adapted for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

On September 18, the SLSO celebrates Motown with a concert featuring the music of Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, the Temptations, and more. The concert is led by Kevin McBeth, Director of the SLSO's IN UNISON Chorus. This concert was rescheduled from summer 2020. Patrons who previously purchased tickets will have their tickets honored. For more information, call the Box Office at 314-534-1700.

The Kishi Bashi and Dancing In the Street: The Music of Motown performances open the 2021/2022 Live at Powell Hall concert series—concerts that feature a variety of music from popular artists, films, and tributes to crowd-favorite musicians. Other Live at Powell Hall concerts this season include Revolution: The Music of The Beatles: A Symphonic Experience (October 22, 2021), as well as a collaboration with Irish American singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan (October 23, 2021). Assistant Conductor Stephanie Childress leads both concerts. Films with orchestra this season include The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert (December 11-12, 2021), Disney and Pixar's Up in Concert (January 2, 2022), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 in Concert (January 21-23, 2022), Raiders of the Lost Ark (February 18-19, 2022), and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (May 12-15, 2022).

Since 2010, the SLSO has welcomed music lovers to more than 150 Live at Powell Hall concerts, celebrating music across genres. Live At Powell Hall concerts have included performances of film scores like Singin' in the Rain, Harry Potter, and Jurassic Park, tribute concerts to popular artists like Queen and Aretha Franklin, and one-night-only performances with award-winning guests including Boyz II Men, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Ben Folds, Idina Menzel, Nelly, and John Williams.

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Violinist, singer, and songwriter Kishi Bashi performs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 17, 2022, at Powell Hall, performing music by the artist, including Improvisations on EO9066, a multimedia exploration of Japanese internment during World War II.

Live at Powell Hall | Kishi Bashi
Friday, September 17, 2021, 7:30pm CDT
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Kishi Bashi | singer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter
Norman Huynh, conductor

Program to include Improvisations on EO9066.
Additional selections announced from the stage.

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra celebrates the music of Motown in a September 18 concert at Powell Hall. Led by Kevin McBeth, the concert features music by Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Diana Ross, and more.

Live at Powell Hall | The Music of Motown
Saturday, September 18, 2021, 7:30pm CDT
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis

Kevin McBeth, conductor

Selections include music of James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Thelma Houston, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, and more.

About the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Celebrated as a leading American orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 142nd year with the 2021/2022 season and its third with Music Director Stéphane Denève. The SLSO maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community collaborations, honoring its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

The SLSO serves as a convener of individuals, creators, and ideas, and is committed to building community through compelling and inclusive musical experiences. As it continues its longstanding focus on equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, the SLSO embraces its strengths as a responsive, nimble organization, while investing in partnerships locally and elevating its presence globally. For more information, visit

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