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

July 18, 2020

Stéphane Denève leads a towering program of sun-filled music in a program originally broadcast just months before his appointment as the SLSO's next Music Director. Beethoven's First Piano Concerto sparkles and shines with pianist Steven Osborne in his first performance with the SLSO. Then, Strauss' magnetic tone poem, An Alpine Symphony, takes over, from glorious depictions of sunrise over the Alps to the stark beauty of bald peaks. Intermission interviews include Denève and Osborne.


Stéphane Denève, conductor
Steven Osborne, piano

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major
R. STRAUSS An Alpine Symphony

This concert was originally broadcast live on March 11, 2017.

July 25, 2020

Former SLSO Music Director David Robertson conducts a program full of brass and clash a program shaped around Shostakovich’sSymphony No. 1. Robertson took this program on his final tour with the SLSO in his last season as Music Director in January 2018. An advocate for new music, Robertson and the orchestra open the concert with Thomas Adès' Powder Her Face Suite, an SLSO co-commission. Virtuosic violinist Augustin Hadelich, a frequent collaborator with Robertson, performs Britten's anxious-yet-dazzling Violin Concerto. Intermission interviews include Robertson and Hadelich.


David Robertson, conductor
Augustin Hadelich, violin

Thomas ADÈS Powder Her Face Suite
BRITTEN Violin Concerto
ROSAS Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)

This concert was originally broadcast live on January 13, 2018.

August 1, 2020

A rising star in the conducting world, Karina Canellakis makes her debut in this January 2019 concert with a quartet of works that displays the SLSO's nimbleness. Beethoven's ephemeral Leonore Overture No. 3 opens the program, followed by Mozart's Fifth Violin Concerto, performed by Ray Chen in his SLSO debut. In the second half, the theatricality continues with the SLSO premiere of Richard Strauss' Die Frau Ohne Schatten while the ever-popular Symphonic Metamorphosis by Hindemith closes the program. Intermission interviews in Canellakis, Chen, and SLSO Principal Viola Beth Guterman Chu.


Karina Canellakis, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5
R. STRAUSS Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber

This concert was originally broadcast live on January 19, 2019.

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.


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


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.


Michael Francis, conductor
Joshua Bell, violin

ELGAR In the South (Alassio)
BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1

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