2021/2022 Season - Fall Programming

Music Director Stéphane Denève has planned the fall 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.

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


What to Expect

  • The return of full orchestra repertoire
  • Two-hour classical concerts with intermission
  • Powell Hall capacity of at least 50 percent
  • 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.

Thrilling Musical Experiences

Whether you enjoy favorites like Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 or Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9, or are curious about music from composers of today, 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 in the fall presents at least one work to St. Louis audiences for the first time. In total, 15 pieces will enter the SLSO’s repertoire in fall 2021 concerts, including 12 works by 11 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.

Guest artists

Some of the world’s leading artists will collaborate with the SLSO, joining the orchestra on the Emerson Concert Stage for thrilling performances, including a two-week artist residency with violinist and conductor Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider. Five SLSO musicians will take the stage as soloists throughout the fall.

Yefim Bronfman, pianist

Beth Guterman Chu,
SLSO Principal Violist

Elizabeth Chung, SLSO Cellist

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano

David Danzmayr, conductor

Kirven Douthit-Boyd, choreographer

Ingrid Fliter, pianist

Andrew François, SLSO Violist

Kirill Gerstein, pianist

David Halen, SLSO Concertmaster

Nic McGegan, conductor

Gemma New, conductor

Víkingur Ólafsson, pianist

Simone Porter, violinist

Inbal Segev, cellist

Leonard Slatkin,
SLSO Conductor Laureate

John Storgårds, conductor

Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider,
conductor and violinist


Yin Xiong, SLSO Cellist


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.

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). Single tickets for these four performances are now on sale. Previously scheduled films with the SLSO playing the score live will return in early 2022, with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 in Concert, rescheduled for January 21-23, 2022, and Raiders of the Lost Ark rescheduled for February 18-19, 2022. Additional Live at Powell Hall concerts will be announced this fall.