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Dilip Vishwanat

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson conducted the final concert of his orchestra’s 2012-2013 season on May 12 and a special concert for the League of American Orchestras Convention on June 18.  Since then, he has traveled the globe and has conducted concerts on four different continents while also encountering some familiar faces.  “I got to see a number of the St. Louis musicians who also in the summer do anything but keep their instruments in the case,” said Robertson.

David Robertson conducts a performance at Powell Hall in this file photo.
Dan Dreyfus

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson discussed American symphonies in a feature produced by NPR Music's Tom Huizenga as part of the program's search for the great American symphony. Robertson weighed in on why American orchestras are afraid of new symphonies in addition to explaining his selection of the great American symphony. St. Louis Public Radio also listeners made suggestions including:

(Courtesy University City Children's Center)

The eighth annual concert to benefit the tuition assistance program at University City Children's Center will be held next Saturday at Powell Hall. Melissa Brooks, Associate Principal Cellist with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, pianist Ruth Price with the St. Louis Children's Choirs and pianist Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Music at the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music will all be performing.

The program is titled "Fairy Tales Do Come True," but it is not a concert aimed specifically for children.

Dan Dreyfus

For the first time since 1966, the St. Louis Symphony will host the League of American Orchestras conference.  The 68th annual conference which takes place June 18 – 20, will focus on the theme Imagining 2023.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson has several reasons to look forward to the League of American Orchestras Conference that will be hosted here June 16 – 20.

“This is actually the first one I’ve ever attended,” Robertson says during a phone interview last week. “My work schedule is usually done many years in advance, and it’s just never worked out that I’ve had the time to attend the conference. So I’m definitely looking forward to this one!”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Interesting visitors came to St. Louis in 1966. Then-Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall dedicated the Gateway Arch. Major League Baseball hosted its All-Star game at the newly opened Busch Memorial Stadium. (The temperature on that July day hit 105. And when a Globe-Democrat reporter asked legendary National League manager Casey Stengel what he thought of the new stadium, Stengel said, “Well, I'll tell ya, young fella, it sure seems to hold the heat real good.")

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Dear Beaconites --

The regular symphony season has ended, but the Shakespeare Festival, Spring to Dance, Bluesweek and Opera Theatre are just beginning. This week, the Beacon reported on these and more pieces of St. Louis' cultural richness.

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 11.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are. This Saturday's performance is the last of this season.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

Symphony aims to restore emotion to Beethoven's 9th

May 7, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: There are those icons in any art form that are so pervasive, so utterly recognizable that any bastardization of the original is recognizable.

Warhol’s soup can, Ishmael’s greeting in “Moby Dick,” Hepburn’s Holly Golightly with a cigarette and, of course, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” These masterpieces have been spliced, diced and made into everything from greeting cards to cheap wall art to elevator music.

Christian Steiner / courtesy of the artist

 

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, May 4.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

Christian Steiner

Renowned soprano Christine Brewer sings in concert halls and opera houses all over the world.  Her recent travels have taken her to Australia, New Zealand, Dubay, and Great Britain as well as numerous cities in the United States.  But once a year, the Illinois native returns to her “home town” to perform with the St. Louis Symphony.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Winifred Crock devotes herself to music in every aspect of her life, and with every rehearsal or private lesson, enriches the lives of her students. The Parkway Central High School Orchestra Director will be named the St. Louis Symphony’s 2013 Educator of the Year later this week and, as a strong supporter of the symphony, is thrilled.

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In classical music, there are career soloists who are known for their prowess, their virtuosity, their command of their instrument.

And then there are members of the orchestra. Musicians who work literally in concert with others. They are the team players, they set the standards for a symphony — its depth and its reach.

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

BRAHMS (1833-1897) 

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates), op. 89 (1882)

Sandra Calvo

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil are colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony.  Double bassist Syd Rodway and composer/keyboardist Adam Maness are members of the Erin Bode Group.  They got to know each other when Ranheim and Weil collaborated with the Erin Bode Group and also shared an interest in good food and fine beer. 

(Alise O'Brien)

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, April 13.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

Augustin Hadelich brings out the passion in Paganini

Apr 10, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Some people are natural mountain climbers who are always challenging themselves. Always looking upward. They relish scaling the highest heights, and as they challenge themselves they inspire and confound others at the same time.

Those they baffle find themselves shaken by the struggle to understand, to meet the standard of the master climber. Those they enthuse, they stir deeply. It is those rare enthusiasts who become masters themselves.

Movie palace redux at Powell Hall: The Matrix

Apr 4, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In The Matrix, Laurence Fishburne’s character, Morpheus, sums up the elusive subject of the film for our unlikely hero Neo, played by Keanu Reeves: “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”

Thus, it is fitting that The Matrix and the St. Louis Symphony share that same enigmatic quality, as well the Powell Hall stage, this weekend.

Why?

Because both defy explanation and both promise a better experience when encountered together.

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 23.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's planned for you this weekend:

It has been a thrilling week for Steven Jarvi.  In the same week, he has fulfilled two lifelong dreams.  He has been appointed to a job he has dreamed of his whole life and is conducting an opera he has always dreamed of conducting.

The job is Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and the opera is Puccini’s “Tosca” which Jarvi conducts with Winter Opera Saint Louis in performances March 8 and 10 at Chaminade.

(via JamesEhnes.com/by Benjamin Ealovega)

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 9.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

Copland’s Our Town

Bernstein’s Symphony No. 2, “The Age of Anxiety"

John Adams’ City Noir

(Alise O'Brien)

Our neighbor here in Grand Center, the St. Louis Symphony, has announced their performance schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

We'll also be continuing our partnership with the Symphony (don't miss our live broadcasts this season on select evenings).

Host Steve Potter talked with Fred Bronstein, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Symphony, about the upcoming season.

Below is the calendar for the 2013-2014 season. Any favorites you're excited to see?

Via St. Louis Symphony | Dan Dreyfus

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

Alise O'Brien

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

Columbia Artists Management

St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returned to St. Louis this week to conduct the orchestra he led for 17 years.  Slatkin was Robert Peterson's guest during the intermission of St. Louis Public Radio's live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony concert on Saturday, January 19.  During the conversation, Slatkin commented on building audience for the St. Louis Symphony to make it as well known as the St.

Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

Photo by Ray Meibaum

St. Louis Symphony Bass Trombonist Gerry Pagano recognized the need for a forum to provide educational and performance opportunities for trombone, euphonium, baritone horn and tuba players in the St. Louis region, so he formed the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective.  The organization presents its 5th Annual Low Brass Spectacular Gala Concert Tuesday, January 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The musicians will include members of the St.

Sean Sandefur

Leonard Slatkin has strong ties to St. Louis. His father, conductor and violinist Felix Slatkin, was born in St. Louis and joined the St. Louis Symphony when he was still a teen.  The younger Slatkin’s first conducting position with a major symphony orchestra came in 1968 when he was named Assistant Conductor of the St.

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