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2021/2022 Season

Music Director Stéphane Denève has planned the SLSO's 142nd season as a celebration of humanity’s resilience following a time of global change. The SLSO looks forward to welcoming back audiences with programming that embodies a spirit of hope and optimism as we gather together again to experience the power of live music.


Compose Your Own Subscriptions - on sale now!

Compose Your Own series by selecting three or more SLSO concerts to fit your schedule and budget. This subscription option for the 2021/2022 offers your flexibility and accommodates Powell Hall's safety measures.

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What to Expect

  • The return of full orchestra repertoire
  • Two-hour classical concerts with intermission
  • Full hall capacity
  • The return of concession services
  • The resumption of valet services
  • The return of Symphony Shuttle transportation to/from Powell Hall at select concerts
  • The reopening of the Whitaker Room to donors
  • Rescheduled repertoire and guest artists that were postponed due to the pandemic*
  • The return of Live at Powell Hall concerts
  • New time for Friday evening concerts: 7:30pm
  • The continuation of digital concerts, online educational resources, and monthly Lunch & Learn virtual events

*Not all postponed artists or repertoire have been rescheduled. We are working to reschedule those programs into future seasons.


Health and Safety

The SLSO is committed to providing a safe and welcoming atmosphere for our patrons, musicians, staff, and volunteers. Health and safety protocols have been developed in consultation with infectious disease specialists at Washington University, St. Louis City, St. Louis County, and in accordance with guidance from the CDC. As conditions evolve, the SLSO's health and safety protocols may be updated. Patrons are encourage to check with the SLSO prior to a concert for the latest protocols.

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Thrilling Musical Experiences

Whether you enjoy favorites like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, or Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1, or are curious about music from composers of today like Karim Al-Zand, Valerie Coleman, or Jessie Montgomery, the SLSO is excited to share music with you. Stéphane has programmed familiar and beloved pieces alongside works that spark curiosity and adventure, continuing the SLSO’s longstanding tradition of identifying and performing extraordinary music by composers of today. Each classical concert throughout the season presents at least one work to St. Louis audiences for the first time. In total, 34 pieces will enter the SLSO’s repertoire this season, including 26 works by 22 composers of today.


Forest Park

Stéphane starts the season by leading the much-anticipated SLSO return to Forest Park for a free night of music on Art Hill (September 22, 2021). Over the past 50 years, the SLSO has performed 33 free community concerts in Forest Park, entertaining hundreds of thousands of St. Louisans. In 2004, this special event became an annual tradition, performed in memory of Mary Ann Lee, and serves as the unofficial start of the orchestra’s season. This year, St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Scholar Nadia Maddex joins the SLSO for a performance of "He's Got the Whole World In His Hands," alongside favorites by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and John Williams.


Celebrating St. Louis

This season, the SLSO will feature collaborations that highlight the breadth and depth of St. Louis’ rich culture and immense talent. The opening weekend of concerts features a collaboration with local dancers and choreography by Center of Creative Arts (COCA) Co-Artistic Director of Dance Kirven Douthit-Boyd in a fusion of music and dance for performances of Anna Clyne’s DANCE with cellist Inbal Segev. SLSO Crafted concerts—hourlong multi-faceted musical experiences—return this fall. We collaborate with the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the J. Scheidegger Center for Performing Arts at Lindenwood University.


Live at Powell Hall

The SLSO’s popular Live at Powell Hall concerts—concerts that feature a variety of music from popular artists, films, and tributes to crowd-favorite musicians—return. Two concerts postponed last season will take place this fall: The Music of Motown (September 18, 2021) and Revolution: The Music of The Beatles: A Symphonic Experience (October 22, 2021). Two genre-bending artists also collaborate with the SLSO fall: Kishi Bashi, a multi-instrumentalist and singer (September 17, 2021) and Irish-American singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Aoife O’Donovan (October 23, 2021)

Film presentations with the SLSO playing the score live return this season, with Disney’s The Muppet Christmas Carol in Concert (December 11-12, 2021), Disney and Pixar’s Up in Concert (January 2, 2022), and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi  in Concert (May 12-16, 2022), plus previously scheduled films including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in Concert (January 21-23, 2022), and Raiders of the Lost Ark (February 18-19, 2022).

Holiday concerts resume at Powell Hall with the popular Gospel Christmas concert (December 9, 2021), which features members of the IN UNISON Chorus and gospel singer and pianist Oleta Adams, led by Kevin McBeth. The Mercy Holiday Celebration presents seven concerts of holiday music with conductor Bob Bernhardt and jazz singer Denzal Sinclaire: two at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri (December 15-16) and five at Powell Hall (December 17-19). Denève leads the surprise-filled New Year’s Eve Celebration Concert, with matinee and evening concerts (December 31, 2021). These concerts include the world premiere of a new horn concerto by Stefan Freund, performed by Principal Horn Roger Kaza. The SLSO also performs its annual Lift Every Voice: Celebrating Black History Month concert with the IN UNISON Chorus (February 25, 2022).


 St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the SLSO continue their unique partnership: St. Louis Symphony: Live at the Pulitzer. These intimate concerts are the intersection of art and music, with SLSO soloists and chamber ensembles performing works from the 20th and 21st centuries. Begun in 2004, the programming for each Pulitzer concert complements current exhibits at the Tadao Ando-designed Pulitzer building. The 21/22 Pulitzer series is curated in partnership with SLSO Creative Partner Tim Munro and is a key part of Denève’s and the SLSO’s continued commitment to music of our time. 

Live at the Pulitzer begins September 27-28, 2021, with performances of John Luther Adams' songbirdsongs at the Pulitzer's outdoor urban garden space, Park-Like. Additional program details will be announced at a later date. 

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Other resources

SLSO Stories: This companion site of slso.org features stories, photos, program notes, and videos about the various aspects of the SLSO—including concerts, community programs, education initiatives, special events, and more.

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Online education resources: Each year, the SLSO serves tens of thousands of students and teachers throughout the St. Louis region. The SLSO offers a robust library of education resources for families and teachers.

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Concert streaming: St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts and live streams the entire SLSO Saturday night Classical Season for a 12th year, with live broadcasts resuming in September 2021. In 2020, concerts broadcasts were expanded to 52 weeks per year, expanding access to critically acclaimed SLSO concerts year-round. This year, all live broadcasts will be simulcast on Classic 107.3, adding an additional way for audiences to hear SLSO concerts live. Concerts are available to stream for 30 days on slso.org after broadcasts air live.

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