St. Louis Symphony Orchestra welcomes conductor and violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider for a two-week artist residency, October 29-November 7

On October 29-30, Szeps-Znaider conducts the SLSO premiere of Karim Al-Zand's Luctus Profugis: Elegy for the Displaced, selections from Bedřich Smetana's Má vlast, and Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto with pianist Ingrid Fliter

Szeps-Znaider joins SLSO musicians in a chamber concert November 5 featuring W.A. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major

On November 6-7, Szeps-Znaider performs Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto led by Music Director Stéphane Denève; concerts also include the SLSO premiere of James Lee III's Emotive Transformations, and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5

Listen to Saturday concerts live on St. Louis Public Radio and Classic 107.3, stream concerts for 30 days on slso.org, or stream the November 6-7 concerts in digital format in March 2022

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(October 7, 2021, St. Louis, MO) – Today, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced a two-week artist collaboration with conductor and violinist Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, from October 29 through November 7.

Concerts include:
Friday, October 29, at 10:30am CDT, and Saturday, October 30, at 8:00pm CDT: Szeps-Znaider conducts the SLSO and guest pianist Ingrid Fliter in Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto, the SLSO premiere of Karim Al-Zand's Luctus Profugis: Elegy for the Displaced, and selections from Bedřich Smetana's Má vlast.
Friday, November 5, at 7:30pm CDT: Szeps-Znaider makes his SLSO performance debut as a violinist in a chamber concert with SLSO musicians. The program includes W.A. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, K.581 and Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major.
Saturday, November 6, at 8:00pm CDT and Sunday, November 7, at 3:00pm CT: Szeps-Znaider performs Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto under Music Director Stéphane Denève in a concert that also includes the SLSO premiere of James Lee III's Emotive Transformations and Dmitri Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5.

Tickets start at $15 and are on sale now. To purchase tickets, call the SLSO Box Office at 314-534-1700 or visit slso.org. A full concert calendar is available at slso.org.

Each Saturday night concert is available to hear live on 90.7 KWMU St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107.3. Following Saturday night concerts, some works are available to stream for 30 days on slso.org. The November 6-7 performances will also be available to stream as a digital concert in March 2022.

To begin his residency, Szeps-Znaider conducts a concert that explores what home can mean (October 29-30, 2021). The performances feature the SLSO premiere of Karim Al-Zand's Luctus Profugis: Elegy of the Displaced, which was inspired by the recent European refugee crisis, as well as selections from Bedřich Smetana's Má vlast, a series of symphonic poems inspired by the composer's homeland, Bohemia. Szeps-Znaider also conducts guest pianist Ingrid Fliter in Robert Schumann's Piano Concerto.

The following week, Szeps-Znaider makes his SLSO performance debut as a violinist in Mozart, Brahms, and Nikolaj, a chamber concert with SLSO musicians featuring W.A. Mozart's Clarinet Quintet, K.581 and Johannes Brahms' String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major (November 5, 2021).

Szeps-Znaider's residency concludes with Stéphane Conducts Shostakovich, concerts which celebrate the healing power of music, led by Music Director Stéphane Denève. Szeps-Znaider plays Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto in his performance debut with the SLSO, following his acclaimed January 2020 SLSO conducting debut. Denève also leads the orchestra in the SLSO premiere of James Lee III's grief-filled Emotive Transformations, which the composer wrote following the death of his father. The concert closes with Dmitri Shostakovitch's defiant Symphony No. 5 (November 6-7, 2021), the composer's response to criticism of his music.

Szeps-Znaider made his conducting debut with the SLSO in January 2020, leading works by Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky to rave reviews. He maintains careers as both a violinist and conductor, beginning his tenure as Music Director of the Orchestre national de Lyon in Lyon, France, this September—a position formerly held by SLSO Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin and former SLSO Music Director David Robertson.

Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is required at every Powell Hall event. Visit slso.org/protocols for more information.

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

Calendar Listings:
In a two-week artist residency, violinist and conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in concerts that feature works by Karim Al-Zand, Robert Schumann, and Bedřich Smetana (October 29-30); collaborates with SLSO musicians in a chamber music concert (November 5); and performs Jean Sibelius' Violin Concerto with Music Director Stéphane Denève (November 6-7).

Fliter Plays Schumann
Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:30am CDT
Saturday, October 30, 2021, 8:00pm CDT
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

Karim AL-ZAND Luctus Profugis: Elegy for the Displaced (First SLSO performances)
Robert SCHUMANN Piano Concerto
Bedřich SMETANA Selections from Má vlast

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 9:30am Friday and at 7:00pm Saturday in the auditorium.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107 on Saturday, October 30, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU or 107.3 FM) or online (stlpublicradio.org/listen.php). Portions of this concert are available to stream for 30 days following the Saturday performances at slso.org/radio.

Mozart, Brahms, and Nikolaj
Friday, November 5, 2021, 7:30pm CDT
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, violin
Erin Schreiber, violin
Jonathan Chu, viola
Chris Tantillo, viola
Melissa Brooks, cello
Jennifer Humphreys, cello
Scott Andrews, clarinet

W.A. MOZART Clarinet Quintet, K. 581
Johannes BRAHMS String Sextet No. 1 in B-flat major

Stéphane Conducts Shostakovich
Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 8:00pm CDT
Sunday, November 7, 2021, at 3:00pm CDT
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand, St. Louis, MO 63103

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider, violin

James LEE III Emotive Transformations (First SLSO performances)
Jean SIBELIUS Violin Concerto
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00pm Saturday and at 2:00pm Sunday in the auditorium.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio or Classic 107 on Saturday, November 7, at 8:00pm for the live broadcast of the performance. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU or 107.3 FM) or online (stlpublicradio.org/listen.php). Portions of this concert are available to stream for 30 days following the Saturday performances at slso.org/radio.

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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