2018/2019 classical season calendar


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ENIGMA VARIATIONS
Saturday, September 22, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, September 23, 2018, 3:00pm

Gemma New, conductor
Behzod Abduraimov, piano

SIBELIUS Finlandia
GRIEG Piano Concerto
KERNIS Musica celestis
ELGAR Enigma Variations

Resident Conductor Gemma New leads Opening Weekend with the musical puzzle, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto featuring pianist Behzod Abduraimov in his SLSO debut. Join us in the Wightman Grand Foyer at intermission for a champagne toast to the new season!       

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SHOSTAKOVICH’S 11TH
Friday, September 28, 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, September 29, 2018, 8:00pm

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin

WENNÄKOSKI Flounce (U.S. Premiere)
SALONEN Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 11, "The Year 1905”

At a 2013 performance of Salonen’s Violin Concerto, the Los Angeles Times declared that “Josefowicz easily impresses as a classical player who can rock.” Plus, conductor Hannu Lintu leads Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 11, an epic work depicting tragedy to triumph on a massive orchestral landscape.

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BEETHOVEN’S PASTORAL
Friday, October 5, 2018, 10:30am
Saturday, October 6, 2018, 8:00pm

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Beth Guterman Chu, viola

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”
BERLIOZ Harold in Italy
Presented by the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation

Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Symphony expresses the power of nature and the sounds of a serene landscape. Then SLSO’s Principal Viola Beth Guterman Chu shines as soloist in Berlioz’s Harold in Italy, describing the experiences of a wandering character in the Italian countryside.

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SCHEHERAZADE
Friday, October 12, 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8:00pm

Gustavo Gimeno, conductor
Javier Perianes, piano

LIGETI Concert Românesc
BARTOK Piano Concerto No. 3
RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade

Pianist Javier Perianes makes his SLSO debut performing Bartók’s final work, his Piano Concert No. 3. Conductor Gustavo Gimeno leads the SLSO in Rimsky-Korsakov’s mesmerizing Scheherazade unveiling exciting tales of bravery and suspense.

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BEETHOVEN’S TRIPLE CONCERTO
Friday, October 19, 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, October 20, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 21, 2018 3:00pm

Jun Märkl, conductor
Elizabeth Joy Roe, piano
Celeste Golden Boyer, violin
Melissa Brooks, cello

BEETHOVEN Triple Concerto
WAGNER The Ring: An Orchestral Journey                                                                    Presented by the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation

SLSO musicians Celeste Golden Boyer and Melissa Brooks join the “brilliant” (The New York Times) Elizabeth Joy Roe in Beethoven’s Triple Concerto. Conductor Jun Märkl leads music from Wagner's epic Ring Cycle including the iconic "Ride of the Valkyries."

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HADYN’S CREATION
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, October 28, 2018, 3:00pm

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Yulia Van Doren, soprano
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Douglas Williams, bass-baritone
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director

HAYDN The Creation

St. Louis favorite Nicholas McGegan leads the SLSO and Chorus alongside internationally-renowned vocalists in Haydn’s most beloved work and personal statement of faith, The Creation.

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POEM OF ECSTASY 
Saturday, November 10, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3:00pm

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Kelley O’Connor, mezzo-soprano

BERLIOZ Selections from Romeo and Juliet
LIEBERSON Neruda Songs
WAGNER Prelude to Tristan and Isolde
SCRIABIN Poem of Ecstasy

 Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève leads the SLSO in Scriabin’s Poem of Ecstasy expressing a “celebration of a collective joy” in an exuberant orchestration. Plus, the orchestra performs two stories of passion and love with selections from Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde and Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet.

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COPLAND’S THIRD
Friday, November 16, 2018, 10:30am
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 8:00pm

Cristian Măcelaru, conductor
Andrew Cuneo, bassoon                                                           

BARBER Medea's Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
ROUSE Bassoon Concerto (World Premiere)
COPLAND Symphony No. 3

Cristian Macelaru conducts the SLSO in Copland’s Third Symphony and Principal Bassoon Andrew Cuneo performs the world premiere of Rouse’s Bassoon Concerto, commissioned by the SLSO.

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BELL PERFORMS BRUCH
Friday, November 23, 2018 8:00pm
Saturday, November 24, 2018 8:00pm
Sunday, November 25, 2018 3:00pm

Michael Francis, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

ELGAR In the South (Alassio)
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A London Symphony (Symphony No. 2)
Presented by the Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation

Critically-acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell takes the stage for Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, a work displaying passionate technical bravado.

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BRUCKNER‘S NINTH
Friday, November 30, 2018, 10:30am
Saturday, December 1, 2018, 8:00pm

John Storgårds, conductor
Ingrid Fliter, piano

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1
BRUCKNER Symphony No. 9

Conductor John Storgårds leads Bruckner’s Ninth and final symphony, filled with monumental harmonies and compelling contrasts.

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MESSIAH
Friday, December 7, 2018, 8:00pm
Saturday, December 8, 2018, 8:00pm
Sunday, December 9, 2018, 3:00pm                                                           

Matthew Halls, conductor
Karina Gauvin, soprano
Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano
Nicholas Phan, tenor
William Berger, baritone
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director


HANDEL Messiah

Shouts of joy from the "Hallelujah Chorus" will put you in the holiday spirit with the SLSO and Chorus performing one of the most famous choral masterpieces of all time, Handel’s Messiah.

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BEETHOVEN AND SCHUMANN
Friday, January 18, 2019, 10:30am
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8:00pm

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Renaud Capuçon, violin

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
SCHUMANN Violin Concerto
R. STRAUSS Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis

Deemed by the Chicago Tribune as playing with a “panache, sensitivity and sizzling virtuosity,” violinist Renaud Capuçon joins the SLSO performing Schumann’s impressive, yet somber Violin Concerto.

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MENDELSSOHN’S SCOTTISH
Friday, February 1, 2019, 8:00pm
Saturday, February 2, 2019, 8:00pm

Matthias Pintscher, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

RACHMANINOFF The Isle of the Dead
SCRIABIN Piano Concerto
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"

The sensations of a lively Scottish atmosphere are portrayed in Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony, and pianist Kirill Gerstein takes the stage in Scriabin’s only concerto.

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MOZART AND BRAHMS
Friday, February 8, 2019, 10:30am
Saturday, February 9, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, February 10, 2019, 3:00pm

Stéphane Denève, conductor
David Halen, violin
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director

MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Representing a melodic genius, Brahms’ Second Symphony is full of vitality when performed by the SLSO under the baton of Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève. The SLSO performs a familiar favorite with Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, a work full of sublime beauty.

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Denève  CONDUCTS PROKOFIEV
Friday, February 15, 2019, 8:00pm
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aturday, February 16, 2019, 8:00pm

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Yefim Bronfman, piano
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director

PROKOFIEV/Denève Cinderella Suite
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 2
PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky

Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève leads a tour-de-force program devoted to Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev, featuring the cinematic score, Alexander Nevsky.

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MAHLER’S NINTH
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 3:00pm

Peter Oundjian, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, “Elvira Madigan”
MAHLER Symphony No. 9

One of Mahler’s most deeply personal scores unfolds in his Ninth Symphony. Peter Oundjian returns to conduct a work of extraordinary and lyrical beauty combined with shocking surprises.

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BRAHMS’ GERMAN REQUIEM
Saturday, March 9, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 10, 2019, 3:00pm

Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor

Siobhan Stagg, soprano
Stephen Powell, baritone
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director

STRAVINSKY Funeral Song
BRAHMS A German Requiem

One of Brahms’ greatest works is brought to life with conductor Nathalie Stuztmann leading the SLSO and Chorus in a moving, reflective work from the soaring strings to the monumental choral writing.

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BEETHOVEN’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 16, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 17, 2019, 3:00pm

Anthony Marwood, leader and violin

BEETHOVEN Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra
HAYDN Symphony No. 44, “Trauer”
BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto

Violinist Anthony Marwood steps forward as leader and soloist for Beethoven’s spellbinding Violin Concerto.

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FRANCK’S D MINOR
Friday, March 22, 2019, 10:30am
Saturday, March 23, 2019, 8:00pm

Gilbert Varga, conductor
Daniel Müller-Schott, cello

DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
LALO Cello Concerto
FRANCK Symphony in D minor

Gilbert Varga conducts the SLSO in a capricious, energetic and warm performance of Franck’s Symphony in D minor and a certain playful magic with Dukas’ mischievous The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

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TCHAIKOVSKY’S VIOLIN CONCERTO
Friday, March 29, 2019, 8:00pm
Saturday, March 30, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 31, 2019, 3:00pm

Jakub Hrůša, conductor
Karen Gomyo, violin

BARTÓK The Miraculous Mandarin Suite
TCHAIKOVSKY Violin Concerto
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 9

Described by the St. Louis Post Dispatch as “dazzling,” Karen Gomyo returns to perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, a work full of tuneful melodies and an impressive virtuosic display for soloist and orchestra.

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MOZART AND STRAUSS
Friday, April 5, 2019, 10:30am
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aturday, April 6, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 7, 2019, 3:00pm

Gemma New, conductor
Mark Sparks, flute
Allegra Lilly, harp

ADÈS Three Studies from Couperin
MOZART Concerto for Flute and Harp, K. 299
R. STRAUSS Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite

SLSO Principals Mark Sparks and Allegra Lilly join together to perform Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto, a melodic work full of light-hearted wonder.

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SLATKIN CONDUCTS BERNSTEIN
Saturday, April 27, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 3:00pm

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Olga Kern, piano
Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, director
St. Louis Children’s Choirs, Barbara Berner, Artistic Director

LOIACONO Smothered by Sky
RACHMANINOFF Piano Concerto No. 1
BERNSTEIN Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish”

Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin leads Bernstein’s emotional Symphony No. 3, “Kaddish,” dedicated to the 35th president. Gold medalist at the prestigious Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Olga Kern, performs Rachmaninoff’s virtuosic Piano Concerto No. 1.

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TCHAIKOVSKY’S SIXTH
Friday, May 3, 2019, 10:30am
Saturday, May 4, 2019, 8:00pm

Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Hila Plitmann, soprano

BARBER Symphony No. 1
BEAL New Song Cycle (World Premiere)
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique”
Presented by Mary Pillsbury

Celebrating 50 years of working with the SLSO, Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to lead Tchaikovsky’s passionate Sixth Symphony and a special commission dedicated to Slatkin in celebration of his legacy with the SLSO.

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SYMPHONIE FANTASTIQUE
Friday, May 10, 2019 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00pm

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano

SALONEN Nyx
RAVEL Shéhérazade
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève and the SLSO close the season with Berlioz’s most celebrated work and an orchestral tour-de-force, Symphonie fantastique.

 

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