Free Community Concerts

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers dozens of performances throughout the St. Louis area during the year in schools, houses of worship, healthcare facilities, and in public spaces. The hallmark free community concert is the SLSO's annual concert in Forest Park, which has served as the ceremonial opening of the orchestra's season for most years since 1968.

Other free community concerts have taken place at locations including the Gateway Arch, the Jewel Box (in Forest Park), Queeny Park, Washington University, the Jewish Community Center, and at the orchestra's home in Powell Hall. Check this page for upcoming community events.

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Holocaust Composer Stories: Pavel Haas

Tuesday, September 26, 2023 7:00 PM

This program is at capacity. Thank you for your interest.

Discover stories of composers who were impacted by the Holocaust in this new collaborative project between the SLSO and the St. Louis Feldman Holocaust Museum. In this first installment, Helen Turner, Director of Education and Interpretation for the Museum, will teach about composer Pavel Haas and his tragic Holocaust experience. The 20-minute composer story will be followed by a performance of Haas' String Quartet No. 3 performed live by musicians of the SLSO. This hour-long event is free but RSVPs are requested. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors for the event open at 6:30pm.

In community partnership with

Presented by

In partnership with The JCA Charitable Foundation

Citywide Symphony Shabbat at The J

Friday, October 27, 2023 5:30 PM

SLSO's Kevin McBeth leads an SLSO string orchestra in performance of music by Jewish composers including George Gershwin, Ben Steinberg, and Ernest  Bloch. Guest singers Rabbi Amy Feder (Congregation Temple Israel) and Cantor Ronald Eichaker, Rabbi (United Hebrew Congregation) join the SLSO musicians to perform both sacred and secular selections. This hour-long concert is free but RSVPs are requested. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors for the concert open at 5:00pm.


In community partnership with

Presented by Michael Staenberg and the Staenberg Family Foundation.
In partnership with the Harris-Newman Fund of Women's Auxiliary Foundation for Jewish Aged, a supporting foundation of Jewish Federation of St. Louis.

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Although SLSO Community and Education programs are free of charge to our partners and audiences, they are not free for us to produce. Join our mission today so that musicians from the SLSO can continue to make a difference - both on and off the stage of Powell Hall.

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