2018/2019 additional
programming calendar


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SLSO IN FOREST PARK
Wednesday, September 12, 2018, 7:00pm

Gemma New, conductor
Theo Bockhorst, violin

SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik
COPLAND Fanfare for the Common Man
MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 3, "Scottish"
BRUCH Scottish Fantasy
WAGNER Ride of the Valkyries
TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6, "Pathétique"
RODGERS Selections from The Sound of Music
ALAN MENKEN Beauty and the Beast Overture
JOHN WILLIAMS "Harry's Wondrous World" from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
JOHN WILLIAMS "Main Title" from Star Wars
SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever

Experience a night under the stars at our annual FREE Forest Park Concert at the base of Art Hill. Enjoy a beautiful evening as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs classical favorites.                                                             

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HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE IN CONCERT
Friday, September 14, 2018, 7:00pm
Saturday, September 15, 2018, 7:00pm
Sunday, September 16, 2018, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Justin Freer, conductor

Grab your broom and get ready for the tasks ahead! The Triwizard Tournament comes to Hogwarts™ in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Firein Concert

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A CELEBRATION OF MUNY 100
Sunday, October 7, 2018, 3:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Ben Whiteley, conductor
St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Amy Kaiser, Director
Cree Carrico, Soprano
Justin Michael Austin, Baritone
Elizabeth Stanley, Mezzo-soprano
Daniel Berryman, Tenor
Phil Touchette, Tenor
Keith Boyer, Tenor
Debby Lennon, Mezzo-soprano   

Join the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in paying tribute to the Muny during their centennial with an afternoon of beautiful songs and music from its first quarter century, including numbers from Eileen, Of Thee I Sing, The New Moon, Show Boat, Jubliee, and others.

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BOMBS OF BEIRUT 
Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 7:30pm
**Pulitzer Concert Series No. 1**

Angie Smart, violin
Andrea Jarrett, violin
Chris Tantillo, viola
Elizabeth Chung, cello
Joshua Riggs, sound engineer

JESSICA MEYER Only a Beginning
KATHERINE BALCH Responding to the Waves

CAROLINE SHAW in manus tuus

MARY KOUYOUMDJIAN Bombs of Beirut

Mary Kouyoumdjian’s heartrending Bombs of Beirut is preceded by three short musical prayers. Caroline Shaw’s in manus tuus (“Into your hands I entrust my spirit”), for solo cello, is an emotional encounter with the religious music of 16th century composer Thomas Tallis. Jessica Meyer’s Only a Beginning is a reflection on what we learn about ourselves through sacrifice.

Note: This concert takes place at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

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LEMONY SNICKET’S THE COMPOSER IS DEAD
Sunday, October 14, 2018, 3:00pm
**Family Concert**

Lee Mills, conductor
Omega D. Jones, narrator

Celebrate Halloween with the SLSO and Lemony Snicket’s murder mystery whodunit: The Composer is Dead! But where is the culprit lurking? In the strings? The low brass? The woodwinds? Young music-loving sleuths can unravel the mystery in a concert of wit, wonder and whimsy! Experience how all the instruments of the orchestra combine to bring the story to life!

Arrive Early for Instrument Playground Explore, touch and play instruments of the orchestra. Starting at 2:00pm before each family concert, families can discover many different orchestral instruments in this hands-on experience located throughout Powell Hall.

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CHRIS BOTTI IN CONCERT
Friday, October 26, 2018, 7:30pm
**Live at Powell Hall**                                                                                                    

Jim Hynes, conductor
Chris Botti, trumpet                     

Grammy® Award-winning trumpeter Chris Botti returns to perform with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra for one-night-only, performing breathtaking musical stylings blended with the sounds of the SLSO.

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DISNEY TIM BURTON’S THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Friday, November 2, 2018, 7:00pm

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 7:00pm
Sunday, November 4, 2018, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Gemma New, conductor

What’s this, what’s this?! It’s the wildly inventive world of Tim Burton’s macabre classic The Nightmare Before Christmas playing on the big screen at Powell Hall. Danny Elfman’s rambunctious, colorful score comes to life as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs the delightfully eccentric score live.

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Sunday, November 18, 2018, 3:00pm
**SLSO Youth Orchestra Concert No. 1**

Gemma New, conductor

DVORAK Carnival Overture
SIBELIUS Finlandia
BRAHMS Symphony No. 3

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AN EVENING WITH LESLIE ODOM, JR.
Sunday, December 2, 2018, 7:00pm

**Live at Powell Hall**

Kevin McBeth, conductor

The one, the only Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to perform with the SLSO this holiday season. Enjoy an extraordinary evening of melodies from his Simply Christmas album featuring jazz renditions of classic Christmas songs and hits from his debut solo album that quickly rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts. Share the holiday cheer with family and friends, while watching the talented Leslie Odom, Jr.

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IN THE LIGHT OF AIR
Tuesday, December 11, 2018, 7:30pm
Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 7:30pm

**Pulitzer Concert Series No. 2**

Morris Jacob, viola
Yin Xiong, cello
Allegra Lilly, harp
Alan Stewart, percussion
Peter Henderson, keyboard


ANNA THORVALDSDOTTIR In the Light of Air

The second Pulitzer program comprises one epic work. “Landscapes have nurtured my creative imagination, inspiring every new piece I write,” writes Anna Thorvaldsdottir, the composer of In the Light of Air. The “natural drama” of Iceland “is part of me. The dramatic change in light throughout the year, the changing weather, closeness to nature and sense of space.” This radiantly beautiful work will physically glow in the Pulitzer, thanks to a lighting design specified by the composer herself.

Note: This concert takes place at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

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HOME ALONE IN CONCERT
Friday, December 14, 2018, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 15, 2018, 2:00pm
Sunday, December 16, 2018, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Joshua Gersen, conductor
Webster University Chorale, choir, Trent A. Patterson, director

Experience the beloved 1990s box office hit, Home Alone In Concert, on the big screen with the SLSO performing John Williams’ charming and delightful score live. See what antics eight-year-old Kevin McCallister comes up with when he is accidentally left behind from family vacation.

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A GOSPEL CHRISTMAS WITH TAKE 6 
Thursday, December 20, 2018 7:30pm
**Live at Powell Hall**
Supported by the Monsanto Fund

Ten-time Grammy Award-winning a cappella group TAKE 6 joins the SLSO and IN UNISON Chorus led by Kevin McBeth to ring in the holiday season like no other! Hear TAKE 6 perform unforgettable contemporary gospel renditions of favorite holiday classics and more. Heralded by Quincy Jones as the “baddest vocal cats on the planet,” don’t miss this soulful celebration sure to warm your heart with holiday cheer.

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MERCY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION
Friday, December 21, 2018, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Saturday, December 22, 2018, 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, December 23, 2018, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**
Presented by Mercy

Gemma New, conductor
Camille Zamora, soprano

Experience St. Louis’ favorite holiday tradition, sure to make your season merry and bright! Gather together at Powell Hall for a performance filled with festive sounds of the season with the SLSO and Santa Claus.

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WALT DISNEY ANIMATION STUDIOS: A DECADE IN CONCERT
Friday, December 28, 2018, 7:00pm
Saturday, December 29, 2018, 2:00pm         
**Live at Powell Hall**

Gemma New, conductor      

Disney lovers of all generations will experience the most iconic musical moments from favorite Walt Disney Animation Studios films released over the last decade as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs the scores live. 

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BMO PRIVATE BANK NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION
Monday, December 31, 2018, 7:30pm 
Presented by BMO Private Bank

Ward Stare, conductor

Ward Stare returns to the podium at Powell Hall to lead the annual New Year’s Eve Celebration featuring delightful music in a program full of surprises.

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STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE IN CONCERT
Thursday, January 24, 2019, 7:00pm
Friday, January 25, 2019, 7:00pm
Saturday, January 26, 2019, 7:00pm
Sunday, February 27, 2019, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Gemma New, conductor

Journey to a galaxy far, far away and relive the intergalactic adventure of Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert like never before as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs the score live. Experience the iconic film on the big screen at Powell Hall for the most epic space adventure of all time!

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CINDERELLA
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3:00pm
**Family Concert**

Stéphane Denève, conductor

Cinderella, the classic Grimm’s Fairy Tale, is brought to life by selections from Prokofiev’s vibrant and colorful score. Share this timeless tale with your family, one with a message that good things come to those who are patient, persistent, and compassionate. 

Arrive Early for Instrument Playground
Explore, touch and play instruments of the orchestra. Starting at 2:00pm before each family concert, families can discover many different orchestral instruments in this hands-on experience located throughout Powell Hall.

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LIFT EVERY VOICE: BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION
Friday, February 22, 2019, 7:30pm

**Live at Powell Hall**

Kevin McBeth, conductor
Jermaine Smith, vocals
Denise Thimes, vocals
St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus
Supported by the Monsanto Fund

The 18/19 season marks the 25th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, an ensemble comprised of 120 members. Founded by Dr. Robert J. Ray, the IN UNISON Chorus will perform Dr. Ray’s composition, Gospel Mass, as part of the program this February. Celebrate this special Black History Month concert with powerful music that focuses on the interpretation and preservation of African-American and African cultures.

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SUTTON FOSTER IN CONCERT
Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30pm

**Live at Powell Hall**

Kevin McBeth, conductor

Tony Award-winning actor, singer and dancer Sutton Foster will dazzle audiences as she makes her SLSO debut for a one-night-only concert experience. Experience an evening of incredible music with the Broadway triple threat as her "big, gleaming presence floods the house." (The New York Times)

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EQUAL PLAY: CELEBRATING WOMEN COMPOSERS
Friday, March 1, 2019, 7:00pm

**Community concert**

Kevin McBeth, conductor

SLSO musicians Kristin Ahlstrom, Anne Fagerburg and Diana Haskell team up with pianists Peter Henderson and Alla Voskoboynikova and soprano Christine Brewer to perform chamber music by women composers. Included on the program are works by Jennifer Higdon, Rebecca Clarke and Stephanie Berg. Berg will introduce her work during the concert.

No tickets needed, but RSVPs are requested.

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GIRAFFES CAN’T DANCE
Monday, March 4, 2019, 9:30am, 10:30am & 11:30am
Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 9:30am, 10:30am & 11:30am
**Tiny Tunes Family Concert**

The charming and empowering tale of Gerald the Giraffe by Giles Andreae is set to the music of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals. Gerald comes to life as children sing, dance, and perform right along with the musicians of the SLSO.

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Saturday, March 23, 2018, 1:00pm
**SLSO Youth Orchestra Concert No. 2**

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CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS
Sunday, March 24, 2019, 3:00pm
**Family Concert**

Gemma New, conductor

Saint-Saëns’ enchanting Carnival of the Animals is a beloved all-time favorite for introducing children to classical music. Each of the movements represent a different member of the animal kingdom that will have the whole family giggling. You’ll want to swim like a swan, hop like a kangaroo and strut like a lion after experiencing this wild menagerie of music! Featuring the book by Jack Prelutsky with illustrations by Mary GrandPré.

Arrive Early for Instrument Playground
Explore, touch and play instruments of the orchestra. Starting at 2:00pm before each family concert, families can discover many different orchestral instruments in this hands-on experience located throughout Powell Hall.

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TAXIDERMY
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:30pm
Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 7:30pm

**Pulitzer Concert Series No. 3**

William James, percussion
Alan Stewart, percussion
Shannon Wood, percussion
Thomas Stubbs, percussion
Peter Henderson, piano
Ron Bolte, Jr., sound engineer
Peter Henderson, percussion
Tim Munro, percussion

JURI SEO Wah
JURI SEOShui
CAROLINE SHAW Taxidermy
MAYKE NAS Douze Mains (Twelve Hands)
MISSY MAZZOLI Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos

Percussionists are music’s tinkerers. In any week, they might strike car parts, blow whistles, bow metal bars, or build their own instruments. In Taxidermy the SLSO’s percussionists make flower pots sing harmony (Caroline Shaw’s Taxidermy), create quirky songs from simple metal discs and tubes (Juri Seo’s short pieces), and perform surgery on the inside of a piano (Mayke Nas’s Twelve Hands). After the injuries have been treated, the healed piano takes center stage, content to dream the dreams of Swiss explorer Isabelle Eberhardt, in Missy Mazzoli’s Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos.

Note: This concert takes place at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

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HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX IN CONCERT
Friday, April 12, 2019, 7:00pm
Saturday, April 13, 2019, 7:00pm
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 2:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Get ready to join Dumbledore’s Army™! When Professor Umbridge™ takes over Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, what else can Harry do to resist her terrible rule?

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KINDS OF KINGS
Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:30pm
**Pulitzer Series Concert No. 4**

Erin Schreiber, violin
Celeste Golden Boyer, violin
Shannon Williams, viola,
Bjorn Ranheim, cello

GEMMA PEACOCKE In A Snowstorm of Moths
FINLOA MARIVALE The language of mountain is rain
MARIA KAOUTZANI Conversation
EMMA O'HALLORAN Points of infinity
SUSANNA HANCOCK Platforms
SHELLEY WASHINGTON SAY

Shelley Washington is a member of the composer collective Kinds of Kings (she’s “King Shelley” to them). “We all became friends in college, she says. “As our friendship deepened, we wondered, ‘What if we had a club where composers can hang out and talk to one another?’” The final Pulitzer program includes music by the six Kinds of Kings composers, culminating in a performance of Washington’s SAY, for string quartet and voices.

Note: This concert takes place at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

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IN UNISON Chorus 25th anniversary concert
Friday, May 3, 2019, 7:00pm

Kevin McBeth, conductor

Join SLSO IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth, the 120+ voice IN UNISON Chorus and musicians from the orchestra for the annual free IN UNISON Chorus community concert. This year's concert will be held at Powell Hall as part of celebrations to honor the 25th anniversary of the IN UNISON Chorus. This concert is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but reservations are requested. Seating is general admission and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors to the auditorium open at 6pm.

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GHOSTBUSTERS IN CONCERT
Friday, May 17, 2019, 7:00pm

Saturday, May 18, 2019, 7:00pm
**Live at Powell Hall**

Peter Bernstein, conductor

Who ya gonna call? Ghostbusters! A team of scientists become “ghostbusters” and stumble upon a gateway to another dimension, leading to an attempt to save New York from complete destruction. Join as the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs Elmer Bernstein’s iconic score live while Ivan Reitman's comedic masterpiece plays on the big screen.

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Joining Forces On Stage at Powell Hall
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 3:00pm
**Community concert**

Musicians from the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America stationed at Scott Air Force Base, the 399th Army Band stationed at Fort Leonard Wood, and winds, brass and percussion from the SLSO team up for an epic joint performance at Powell Hall. 

This concert is free and open to the public. RSVPs are requested.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019, 3:00pm
**SLSO Youth Orchestra Concert No. 3**

Gemma New, conductor

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About Live at Powell Hall

Begun in 2010, Live at Powell Hall brings popular music to a symphonic orchestra setting. The series features well-known artists, films, and tribute groups to bring a variety of musical genres to the audience.

 

About the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra

Founded in 1970 by Leonard Slatkin, the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra has had a significant impact on the region's young musicians for nearly half a century. Admission into the SLSYO is by audition only and the orchestra consists of 95-100 young musicians ranging in age from 12-22. Youth Orchestra musicians regularly represent more than 40 schools throughout the bi-state region. There are over 2,000 alumni in a wide range of professions, including six current members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Rehearsals are held from 1:30pm-4:30pm on Saturdays during the school year. In addition to rehearsing and performing challenging orchestral repertoire under the direction of conductor Gemma New, musicians receive regular coaching and mentoring from the world-class musicians of the SLSO. The SLSYO presents three free concerts per season in historic Powell Hall.

About Family concerts

On Sunday afternoons, the SLSO’s three-concert Family Series offers a mix of fun, thematic orchestral music to engage and entertain children ages 5-12 and their families. Each concert is 45 minutes in length showcasing a one-of-a-kind live musical experience to share and create magical memories together.

About Pulitzer Series concerts

Through a collaboration which began in 2002, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents contemporary chamber music inspired by the art on view and performed live in the galleries at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation. The music selected for this extraordinary concert series takes advantage of the acoustic qualities of the Pulitzer’s Tadao Ando-designed building—one of the most celebrated examples of contemporary museum architecture in the country. 

  

PROGRAMS, DATES, AND ARTISTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

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