2018/2019 Season by the numbers


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The 2018/2019 St. Louis Symphony Orchestra season by the numbers:

139 – The SLSO, the second-oldest orchestra in the country, is celebrating its 139th season in 2018/2019.

13 - Stéphane Denève will become the orchestra’s 13th music director in 2019/2020, following this year as Music Director Designate. Denève plans to personally engage listeners and deepen the unique and powerful relationship between the music, the orchestra players, and the community.

110 – Number of live performances planned at historic Powell Hall through various series: Classical, Live at Powell Hall, IN UNISON, Education Concerts, Family Concerts, and Holidays at Powell.

75 - SLSO musicians perform more than 75 free programs each season, actively engaging audiences in schools, parks, hospitals, nursing homes, and other public places throughout the region. Ninety percent of SLSO musicians participate in these programs.

3 – Number of SLSO titled conductors who will take the podium during the season.  

  • Resident Conductor Gemma New will lead two programs (September 22-23, 2018; and April 5-7, 2019)
  • Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève takes the podium on four weekends (November 10-11, 2018; February 8-10, 2019; February 15-16, 2019; and May 10-12, 2019)
  • Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin will lead two programs (April 27-28, 2019; May 3-4, 2019).

7 – Number of SLSO musicians featured as soloists during the season:

  • Beth Guterman Chu, viola (October 5-6, 2018)
  • Celeste Golden Boyer, violin, and Melissa Brooks, cello (October 19-21, 2018)
  • Andrew Cuneo, bassoon (November 16-17, 2018)
  • David Halen, concertmaster (February 8-10, 2019)
  • Allegra Lilly, harp, and Mark Sparks, flute (April 5-7, 2019).

12 - New works will be introduced to the SLSO repertoire this season, including two new pieces commissioned by the SLSO that the orchestra will debut.

6 - The St. Louis Symphony Chorus will be featured in six programs throughout the season, including Handel’s Messiah (December 7-9, 2018) and Bernstein’s Kaddish (April 27-28).

42 – New and returning guest conductors and artists from around the world to perform with the orchestra.

40,000 -  Patrons expected to attend performances at Powell Hall between Thanksgiving weekend and New Year’s Day.

6 - Number of full-length feature films shown in Powell Hall to which the SLSO will perform the score.

25,000 – Students welcomed to Powell Hall for Education Concerts.

250,000 -  Anticipated number of individuals reached through live performances throughout the season.

750,000 – Approximate number of people reached through live performances by the SLSO, performances broadcast by media partners, and other partnerships within the community, including a longstanding affiliation with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

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