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Radio Broadcasts


Saturday night St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts are broadcast live by St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. Listen in St. Louis on 90.7 FM and streaming on the internet worldwide via the St. Louis Public Radio website. Concerts begin at 8:00pm.

For more than 10 years, St. Louis Public Radio has broadcasted Saturday night SLSO concerts live—25 concerts each season along with interviews with conductors, musicians, and SLSO staff. Hosted by St. Louis Public Radio’s Robert Peterson and Tim Munro, Grammy Award-winning SLSO Creative Partner, the broadcasts reach more than 500,000 listeners each season. St. Louis Public Radio also regularly rebroadcasts previous SLSO concerts.

Upcoming broadcasts

August 8, 2020

In her SLSO classical season debut, Gemma New conducts an innovative program mixing favorites with newer works. Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio espagnol and Respighi's Pines of Rome bookend a program that includes two works from Scandinavian composers: Rautavaara and Erkki-Sven Tüür. SLSO piccolo player Ann Choomack takes center stage on this program with the U.S. premiere of Tüür’s Solastalgia, Concerto for Piccolo and Orchestra. Intermission interviews include New and Choomack.

Program:

Gemma New, conductor
Ann Choomack, piccolo

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol
RAUTAVAARA Cantus arcticus, Concerto for Birds and Orchestra
TÜÜR Solastalgia for Piccolo Flute and Orchestra
RESPIGHI Pines of Rome

This concert was originally broadcast live on March 24, 2018.

August 15, 2020

Stéphane Denève, known for his nuanced direction of choruses, lets the St. Louis Symphony Chorus shine in Ravel's beloved Daphnis et Chloé in this concert from March 2011. Pianist Eric Le Sage performs Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor in his SLSO debut. Denève and the SLSO open the concert with another Schumann work: selections from Carnaval

Program:

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Eric Le Sage, piano
Mark Sparks, flute
St. Louis Symphony Chorus | Amy Kaiser, director

SCHUMANN Selections from Carnaval
SCHUMANN Piano Concerto in A minor
RAVEL Daphnis et Chloé

This concert was originally broadcast live on November 5, 2011.

August 22, 2020

Virtuosic violinist Joshua Bell made his Carnegie Hall debut with the SLSO in the 1980s and has remained a friend of the orchestra since then. In this rebroadcast from November 2018, he plays Bruch's notable First Violin Concerto. Michael Francis makes his debut conducting the SLSO in a program that also includes Elgar's tone poem In the South (Alassio), a musical depiction of the Italian countryside, and Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 2, “A London Symphony.” Intermission interviews include Francis, Bell, and SLSO Vice President and General Manager Erik Finley.

Program:

Michael Francis, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

ELGAR In the South (Alassio)
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 2

This concert was originally broadcast live on November 24, 2018.

August 29, 2020

A regular guest conductor of the SLSO, Hannu Lintu leads a colorful program of contrasts. Alban Gerhardt, in his classical season debut with the SLSO, performs one of the most important pieces in the cello repertoire, Dvořák's Cello Concerto. Lintu leads the SLSO in Stravinsky's triumph, music from his ballet Petrushka-the precursor to the genre-busting Rite of Spring. Lutosławski's Chain 3 receives its first performances by the SLSO in this concert from October 2016.

Program:

Hannu Lintu, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Peter Henderson, Piano

LUTOSŁAWSKI Chain 3 (First SLSO performance)
DVOŘÁK Cello Concerto in B minor
STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version)

This concert was originally broadcast live on OCtober 15, 2016.