St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announces conductor, soloist, and program changes for March 4-6 concerts, welcoming conductor Patrick Summers in his SLSO debut

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(March 1, 2022, St. Louis, MO) – Acclaimed conductor Patrick Summers, the Artistic and Music Director of the Houston Grand Opera, will make his debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on short notice this weekend, leading the SLSO, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Principal Horn Roger Kaza, and a quartet of soloists including soprano Erica Petrocelli, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, tenor Nicholas Phan, and bass Soloman Howard in an all-Mozart program at Powell Hall, March 4-6. Cano also steps in on short notice to sing "Non più di Fiori" from La Clemenza di Tito, in addition to performing on Mozart's Requiem. Kaza steps in to perform W.A. Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 2.

Summers replaces Dmitry Sinkovsky, who was scheduled to conduct the SLSO, perform on violin, and sing with the orchestra in his SLSO debut. Sinkovsky is unable to travel to St. Louis this week.

Instead of the previously announced first half of works by J.C. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, and G.F. Handel, the SLSO will instead perform an all-Mozart program, including the La Clemenza di Tito Overture; "Non più di Fiori" from the opera La Clemenza di Tito; and Horn Concerto No. 2. The SLSO, St. Louis Symphony Chorus, and soloists Erica Petrocelli (soprano), Jennifer Johnson Cano (mezzo-soprano), Nicholas Phan (tenor), and Soloman Howard (bass) will perform Mozart's Requiem as scheduled.

A leading proponent for contemporary American opera and a regular guest at many of the world's leading opera houses, Patrick Summers has fostered and given more than 20 world premieres, collaborating with many of today's most prominent and performed composers, among them Carlisle Floyd, Christopher Theofanidis, and Philip Glass. Summers conducts a wide range of repertoire from Baroque to bel canto to German Romantic.

Roger Kaza rejoined the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as Principal Horn in the fall of 2009. He has appeared with the SLSO as a soloist numerous times, most recently on December 31, 2021, giving the world premiere of Stefan Freund's Voyageur Fantasy, a work that celebrates the bicentennial of Missouri.

Calendar listing:
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by Patrick Summers in his debut with the orchestra, performs an all-Mozart program, including performances of his Requiem with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, March 4-6 at Powell Hall. Tickets start at $15.

Friday, March 4, 2022, at 7:30pm CST
Saturday, March 5, 2022, at 8:00pm CST*
Sunday, March 6, 2022, at 3:00pm CST

Patrick Summers, conductor (SLSO debut)
Roger Kaza, horn
Erica Petrocelli, soprano (SLSO debut)
Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
Soloman Howard, bass
St. Louis Symphony Chorus | Amy Kaiser, director

W.A. MOZART La Clemenza di Tito Overture
W.A. MOZART "Non più di Fiori" from La Clemenza di Tito
W.A. MOZART Horn Concerto No. 2
W.A. MOZART Requiem Mass in D minor, K. 626

*Shuttle service is available to/from West County for this concert.

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 6:30pm Friday, 7:00pm Saturday, and 2:00pm Sunday in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by St. Louis Symphony Chorus Director Amy Kaiser.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107 on Saturday, March 5, 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).

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at slso.org or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.

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 slso.org.

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