Steven Jarvi

Youth Orchestra teaches much more than music

Nov 11, 2013
Steven Jarvi St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Yo-Yo Ma sat in with the St. Louis Symphony’s Youth Orchestra during a recent visit.

Ostensibly, the famed cellist was to share his expertise with his instrument and the deciphering of the language that is classical music with some of St. Louis’ most accomplished young musicians. Here was the opportunity for these young performers to glean insight into pitch or orchestration, concepts of dexterity or tidbits of timing, thoughts of theme.

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.