March with the Music Director Stéphane Denève and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra includes two world premieres, music of today, artist collaborations, and Midwestern university tour, March 11-26

March 8-9 St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer chamber music concert includes the world premiere of Christopher Stark's 2nd Nature for violin, electronics, and video, as well as music by Yotam Haber, Carolina Heredia, and LJ White

Denève leads an SLSO Crafted concert—shorter format happy-hour concerts with engaging commentary from Denève, March 11

World premiere of Stacy Garrop's Goddess Triptych, along with Paul Dukas' La Péri and Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, led by Denève with the SLSO on March 12-13; Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet returns to begin a three-week collaboration with the orchestra with performances of Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian"

In concerts March 18-19, Denève leads the first SLSO performances of James Lee III's Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan, along with George Gershwin's Concerto in F featuring Thibaudet, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3

Denève and the SLSO celebrate legendary film composer John Williams' 90th birthday in a one-day-only performance of his music, March 20

Denève, Thibaudet, and the SLSO embark on a three-city tour of Midwestern universities, performing at and participating in residency activities at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 22-26

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(February 17, 2022, St. Louis, MO) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced details of March concerts with Music Director Stéphane Denève that include music across genres, two world premieres, a three-week collaboration with acclaimed pianist and previous SLSO Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and a three-concert tour of Midwestern universities.

Concerts include:
Tuesday, March 8, at 7:30pm CST, and Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30pm CST: SLSO musicians perform in the third of four St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer concerts at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, performing chamber music by composers of today, including: Yotam Haber's break_break_break and From the Book, LJ White's fly, into the light..., Carolina Heredia's Añoranzas, and the world premiere of Christopher Stark's 2nd Nature.
Friday, March 11, at 6:30pm CST: Denève and the orchestra perform music from ballets—Paul Dukas' La Péri and Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite—in an SLSO Crafted happy-hour concert at Powell Hall.
Saturday, March 12, at 8:00pm CST, and Sunday, March 13, at 3:00pm CDT: Denève leads the world premiere of Stacy Garrop's Goddess Triptych—a League of American Orchestras commission—and Camille Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian," with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The concert concludes with Dukas' La Péri and Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite.
Friday, March 18, at 10:30am CDT, and Saturday, March 19, at 8:00pm CDT: Thibaudet performs George Gershwin's Concerto in F with the SLSO and Denève. Denève also leads the first SLSO performances of James Lee III's Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan, and Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3.
Sunday, March 20, at 3:00pm CDT: Denève and the SLSO celebrate composer John Williams' 90th birthday with a performance featuring selections from his award-winning scores.
Tuesday, March 22, through Saturday, March 26: Denève and the orchestra take the Lee, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff program to three Midwestern universities for concerts, including the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (March 22, Lied Center for Performing Arts, Lincoln, Nebraska), Indiana University Bloomington (March 25, IU Auditorium, Bloomington, Indiana), and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (March 26, Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Urbana, Illinois).

Tickets start at $15 for classical concerts, $30 for SLSO Crafted, and $45 for the Music of John Williams, and are on sale now. A full concert calendar is available at slso.org or on the SLSO's mobile app available for iOS or Android.

March 8-9: Live at the Pulitzer with works by Haber, Heredia, White, and world premiere by Stark
On March 8-9, SLSO musicians give the third of four St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer concerts of the 2021/2022 season. The celebrated series, now in its 17th season, presents chamber music of the 20th and 21st centuries, performed by SLSO musicians at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation (3716 Washington Blvd., St. Louis). This concert—featuring works by composers of today programmed by the SLSO for the first time—includes the world premiere of Christopher Stark's 2nd Nature, which uses violin, electronics, and video to venture deep into the natural world. Two string quartets by Yotam Haber offer musical responses: to an ancient Jewish melody in From the Book, and to South Africa's rap-rave scene in break_break_break. LJ White weaves a gentle tapestry from violin and electronics in fly, into the light..., while Carolina Heredia explores conflicted feelings about home.  This season, the Live at the Pulitzer series marks the first SLSO performances of 11 works. The Live at the Pulitzer series is an extension of Music Director Stéphane Denève's and the SLSO's commitment to music of today and developing the repertoire of the future, a cornerstone of Denève's music directorship.

March 11: SLSO Crafted
Denève leads a performance of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, ballet music that changed the trajectory of orchestral music in the 20th century, at the March 11 SLSO Crafted concert. Proceeding The Firebird Suite, Denève will also lead performances of Paul Dukas' music for the ballet La Péri. These popular concerts—introduced by Denève in his inaugural season as Music Director to engage with audiences more deeply—include commentary from Denève on stage, designed to give better insight into the music and the music creating process. Doors for this happy-hour concert open at 5:30pm, with the concert beginning at 6:30pm. Arrive early to mingle with SLSO musicians in the Wightman Grand Foyer and enjoy food and drink samples and specials.

March 12-13: Denève Conducts Dukas, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and world premiere by Garrop
At concerts March 12-13, Denève leads a concert inspired by spirituality, myths, and legends. The concert opens with the world premiere of Stacy Garrop's Goddess Triptych, commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. The new work, one of five world premieres given by the SLSO this season, is inspired by a trio of Hindu goddesses. Camille Saint-Saëns' Fifth Piano Concerto, nicknamed the "Egyptian," was named after the composer's travels to Luxor, Egypt, where he heard distinct musical styles that influenced the concerto. Jean-Yves Thibaudet, whom Denève named the SLSO's Artist-in-Residence during the 2019/2020 season, returns for performances of this concerto. The second half of the concert includes Dukas' La Péri and Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite.

March 18-19: Denève conducts James Lee III, Gershwin with Thibaudet, and Rachmaninoff
Denève designed the March 18-19 concerts with music with ties to America. Concerts begin with the first SLSO performances of James Lee III's Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan, a piece inspired by life of American abolitionist Harriet Tubman and freedom from slavery. This will be the second time this season Denève has led a work by Lee; he conducted the first SLSO performances of Lee's Emotive Transformations in November 2021. Thibaudet returns for performances of George Gershwin's Concerto in F, a jazzy concerto that Gershwin originally composed for the New York Philharmonic. The concert concludes with Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 3, a piece composed for America and premiered in America.

March 20: The Music of John Williams
On March 20, the SLSO and Denève celebrate the music of John Williams, the award-winning composer whose work has profoundly shaped the genre of movie music. Denève, who was chosen by Williams himself to conduct a 90th birthday celebration concert at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. this June, will lead selections from some of Williams' most-beloved scores, including E.T. – The Extra-Terrestrial, Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and more.

March 22-26: Midwestern University tour to Nebraska, Indiana, and Illinois
From March 22-March 26, the SLSO and Denève travel to three Midwestern universities, continuing a long-held tradition of artistic partnerships with higher education institutions. The SLSO will participate in residency activities at each university, including masterclasses, seminars, and school visits. Each visit culminates in a performance of the Lee, Gershwin, and Rachmaninoff program performed the weekend before at Powell Hall with pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet.

On March 22, the SLSO travels to Lincoln, Nebraska, for the second time since Denève started his tenure as Music Director. The SLSO last traveled to the Lied Center for Performing Arts in September 2019, performing works by Claude Debussy, George Gershwin, Jennifer Higdon, and Maurice Ravel—also with Thibaudet. The SLSO has performed in Lincoln at least six times since 1991, including sold-out performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird with the American Ballet Theater and principal dancer Misty Copeland.

The SLSO travels to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, on March 23-25 for a residency that includes, in addition to the SLSO's concert and other residency activities, a side-by-side rehearsal with students at IU's Jacobs School of Music. The SLSO's most recent trip to IU took place in April 2021, when members of the horn section held masterclasses with IU horn students and gave community concerts.

On March 26, the SLSO and Denève return to the Krannert Center for Performing Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The orchestra last appeared there in November 2019, performing works by Béla Bartók, Johannes Brahms, and Aaron Jay Kernis with violinist Gil Shaham.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required for all audience members 5 and older at every Powell Hall event. All patrons are required to wear masks while inside Powell Hall. Visit slso.org/protocols for more information.

The SLSO's 142nd season runs through May 2022. For more information, visit slso.org.

Calendar listings:
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians perform chamber music by composers of today at the third of four St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer concerts of the 21/22 season. Performed at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, the concert culminates in the world premiere of St. Louis composer Christopher Stark's 2nd Nature for violin, electronics, and video.

St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer: Second Nature
Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 9, 2022, 7:30pm
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108

Janet Carpenter, violin
Asako Kuboki, violin
Chris Tantillo, viola
Yin Xiong, cello
Shawn Weil, violin
Zlatko Ćosić, video artist

Yotam HABER break_break_break
LJ WHITE fly, into the light...
Carolina HEREDIA Añoranzas
Yotam HABER From the Book
Christopher STARK 2nd Nature (World premiere)


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Stéphane Denève leads the orchestra in an SLSO Crafted happy-hour concert at Powell Hall, Friday, March 11, at 6:30pm. The concert includes happy hour specials and performances of Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite with commentary from Denève.

SLSO Crafted: Stravinsky's Firebird
Friday, March 11, 2022, 6:30pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Stéphane Denève, conductor

Paul DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri
Paul DUKAS La Péri (Poème dansé)
Igor STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite

Doors open at 5:30pm for this one-hour happy hour concert.

This concert is sponsored by UMB Bank. 


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Stéphane Denève leads the orchestra in Igor Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, along with the world premiere of Stacy Garrop's Goddess Triptych. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet plays Camille Saint-Saëns final piano concerto. Concerts are March 12-13 at Powell Hall. Tickets start at $15.

Saturday, March 12, 2022, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 13, 2022, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Stacy GARROP Goddess Triptych (World premiere; SLSO commission)*
Camille SAINT-SAËNS Piano Concerto No. 5, "Egyptian"
Paul DUKAS Fanfare from La Péri
Paul DUKAS La Péri (Poème dansé)
Igor STRAVINSKY The Firebird Suite

*Commissioned by the League of American Orchestras with the generous support of the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's appearances during the SLSO's 2021/2022 season are supported by a generous gift from Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet.

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00pm Saturday and 2:00pm Sunday in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by SLSO Creative Partner Tim Munro.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107 on Saturday, March 12, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU or 107.3 FM) or online (stlpr.org).


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Music Director Stéphane Denève leads the orchestra in Sergei Rachmaninoff's towering Symphony No. 3. Pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet revels in the high spirits of George Gershwin's Concerto in F. James Lee III explores the joys, sorrows, and triumphs of Harriet Tubman's life in Chuphshah! Concerts are March 18-19 at Powell Hall. Tickets start at $15.

Friday, March 18, 2022, 10:30am
Saturday, March 19, 2022, 8:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

James LEE III Chuphshah! Harriet's Drive to Canaan (First SLSO performances)
George GERSHWIN Concerto in F
Sergei RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 3

These concerts are presented by the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation.

Jean-Yves Thibaudet's appearances during the SLSO's 2021/2022 season are supported by a generous gift from Isabelle and Jean-Paul Montupet.

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 and frequent SLSO collaborator Peter Henderson.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107 on Saturday, March 12, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU or 107.3 FM) or online (stlpr.org).


Enjoy the music of John Williams with Music Director Stéphane Denève and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to celebrate the legendary composer's 90th birthday in 2022. Selections from Superman, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and more fill Powell Hall with Williams' iconic soundtracks from the big screen. The concert is Sunday, March 20, at Powell Hall. Tickets start at $45.

The Music of John Williams
Sunday, March 20, 2022, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Stéphane Denève, conductor

Repertoire includes selections from John Williams film scores.

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 serves the St. Louis region through its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community collaborations, honoring its mission of enriching lives through the power of music.

The core of the SLSO's artistic foundation is its dynamic partnership with Stéphane Denève. Denève's energetic musicianship, visionary storytelling, and collaborative spirit have created stronger connections with local and visiting artists, as well as advanced the SLSO's role as a leader in music education. The SLSO musical family also includes two resident choruses: the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, founded in 1976, performs choral-orchestral music from the Baroque era to today; and the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, founded in 1994, focuses on the music of African American and African traditions.

In addition to its concerts at historic Powell Hall, which has been the SLSO's home for more than 50 years, the orchestra is an integral part of the vibrant St. Louis community. Orchestra musicians share dozens of education and community performances throughout the region each year at medical facilities, places of worship, community centers, and schools. The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded by Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin in 1970, is the region's premiere training orchestra for high school and college students. The SLSO is proud to celebrate the 100th anniversary of its education programs in 2021.

For more than 15 years, the St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer series has highlighted composers and music of today through innovative performances in collaboration with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The SLSO has also served as the resident orchestra for Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for more than 40 years and enjoys a long history of robust and enduring artistic collaborations with individuals and organizations locally and around the world.

The Grammy® Award-winning SLSO's impact is expanding with a growing digital presence that helps make music more accessible to all, realized through weekly Saturday night concert broadcasts on St. Louis Public Radio, acclaimed recordings, and regular tours domestically and abroad. This expanding content portfolio includes digital concerts filmed at Powell Hall on the SLSO's high-definition camera equipment; virtual events for patrons, families, and educators; and a robust online education platform that features curriculum materials, interactive programs, activities, and learning opportunities for all ages.

Since the arrival of Marie-Hélène Bernard as President and CEO in 2015, the SLSO has aligned its mission to make music more accessible, while fostering a culture welcoming to all. Building on its momentum, 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 slso.org.

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