Six Must-See Events At The STL Symphony Orchestra For The 2013-2014 Season

By Ashley Ray
In Culture

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, housed at Powell Hall, is a truly venerable institution directed by the esteemed David Robertson. This weekend, the second oldest symphony in the United States begins its 2013-2014 season, and offers something for everyone.

SLSO Music Director David Robertson, photo credit Dan Dreyfus

SLSO Music Director David Robertson, photo credit Dan Dreyfus

1. Opening Weekend–Sep 20-22–”Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1″

Start the season off with renowned pianist Kirill Gerstein playing Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking classic. Also being performed is Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.” Written during World War II, Copland’s work sought to embody the spirit and resiliency of the American ethos.

2. All-Mozart–Oct 11-13–”Symphony 1, 35;” “Violin Concerto No. 2, 3”

Not to make anyone feel inadequate, but Mozart composed his first symphony at the mere age of eight. The SLSO starts its all-Mozart weekend off with this composition under the direction of Anthony Marwood, who then shifts from conductor to guest violinist for two concertos.

3. The Red Velvet Ball with Yo-Yo Ma–Oct 19

Be sure to get your tickets in advance for this one night only engagement of superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma! He will be performing Haydn’s “Cello Concerto No. 1” in C major and Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1.”  This is the fifth annual Red Velvet Ball, and is an event to benefit the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

4. Disney’s “Fantasia”–Nov 1-3

Relive this magical childhood favorite in a special way by seeing it on the big screen at Powell Hall with live accompaniment by the SLSO. The performance is a mix of “Fantasia 2000” and the original, and is definitely something the whole family can enjoy.

5. “Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah”–Dec 12, 13

Get into the holiday spirit with an interjection of jazz and gospel music into Handel’s beloved classic. Kevin McBeth directs this fun and energetic performance.

6. The Music of John Williams–Dec 27-29

John Williams is considered one of the greatest film composers alive, composing scores for the “Star Wars” series, “Indiana Jones” series and “Jurassic Park,” just to name a few. For these performances conductor David Robertson leads the orchestra through selections from “Harry Potter,” “JFK,” “Star Wars,” and more!

Powell Hall auditorium, photo by Dan Dreyfus

Powell Hall auditorium, photo by Dan Dreyfus

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