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(May 7, 2019) SLSO's music director designate Stéphane Denève and CEO  Marie-Hélène Bernard talk about wrapping up the 2018-2019 season and what's ahead for the symphony orchestra on Tuesday's talk show.
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s music director designate, Stéphane Denève, is set to close the season this weekend with Hector Berlioz’s “most celebrated work and an orchestral tour-de-force,” the“Symphonie fantastique.

Ahead of those concerts, Denève and SLSO CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard sat down with St. Louis on the Air guest host Jim Kirchherr to recap Denève’s first season at Powell Hall as music director designate and what’s in store for next season.

Leonard Slatkin joined "St. Louis on the Air" Tuesday. April 23, 2019
Evie Hemphill | St. Louis Public Radio

Leonard Slatkin’s career as a conductor has taken him to nearly every corner of the classical music world: from Lyon and Hong Kong to Washington, D.C.

But despite all of that traveling, he still considers St. Louis—where he debuted with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as an assistant conductor in 1968 and served as music director from 1979 to 1996—to be his home base.

“My grandparents on my father's side emigrated here from Russia in 1911; my dad was born here and was assistant concertmaster when he was 19 years old; I was here for 27 years altogether and then retained this title of music director laureate and then my son was born here—so four generations of Slatkins are here,” he explained to St. Louis Public Radio reporter Jonathan Ahl on Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air.

St. Louis Symphony music director David Robertson spoke about the 2015-16 season with "Cityscape" host Steve Potter.
Áine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

On May 6, David Robertson will raise his baton for the final time as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Coming to a close is Robertson’s 13-year tenure, highlighted by Grammy Award-winning recordings, national and international tours, and hundreds of concerts at Powell Hall.

Falling in Love with St. Louis

Orli Shaham
Christian Steiner / Courtesy of Orli Shaham

Classical pianist Orli Shaham knew that she would likely have a career in music when she was only 11 or 12 years old.

“I knew I needed to be part of that music making,” Shaham said, recalling how she thought after getting the opportunity play with an orchestra at a young age.

Although Shaham has performed frequently with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra as a guest artist, for the final time, she will perform with the SLSO this weekend with her husband, David Robertson, as music director.