St. Louis Arts Organizations Announce 2015-2016 Lineups

By Julia Ross
In Culture

St. Louis’ performing arts organizations recently announced their 2015-2016 lineups, which means that beautiful ballet, exquisite opera, smooth jazz and classical chamber music performances are set to take over the city once again (check out our glimpse at the St. Louis Symphony’s “Live at Powell Hall” series).

 Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

"Barber of Seville," from Opera Theatre St. Louis' 2015 festival season. Photo credit Ken Howard, courtesy of Opera Theatre St. Louis.

“Barber of Seville,” from Opera Theatre St. Louis’ 2015 festival season. Photo credit Ken Howard, courtesy of Opera Theatre St. Louis.

The Opera Theatre of Saint Louis company’s 41st season, beginning May 21, 2016, features the world premiere of Jack Perla and Rajiv Joseph’s “Shalimar the Clown,” Puccini’s adored “La bohème,” Verdi’s merciless “Macbeth” and Strauss’s comedy, “Ariadne on Naxos,” as well as the second annual Center Stage concert that highlights the youthful talent of the OTSL. Performances are staggered throughout the season, which begins May 21 and runs through June 26.

All performances occur at the Loretto-Hilton Center (130 Edgar Road) on Webster University’s campus. Season tickets are on sale now; single tickets will go on sale in February 2016.

St. Louis Ballet

St. Louis Ballet’s 15th season of contemporary and classical ballet will debut at the Touhill Performing Arts center this summer. St. Louis Ballet Artistic Director Gen Horiuchi, former New York City Ballet principal, has orchestrated a series of ballet performances including:

  • “Best of BALANCHINE by SLB: Western Symphony / Serenade,” which runs October 10-11.
  • “The Nutcracker,” showing Dec. 17-23, plus “Sugar Plum Fairy Luncheon” performances run Dec. 19-20.
  • “In It for Love,” running Feb. 13-14.
  • “Swan Lake,” running April 1-3.

All performances are at Touhill Performing Arts Center, 1 University Drive, St. Louis (on the campus of UMSL). Season tickets are on sale through July 31; individual tickets go on sale Aug. 10.

Jazz St. Louis

Photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team.

Photo by Victoria Lafferty/ALIVE Scene Team.

After last year’s tremendous growth in subscription tickets, Jazz St. Louis’ next season is the second to take place in the redesigned, world-class Ferring Jazz Bistro. Showcasing 47 artists, the 21st season is sure to be a one-of-a-kind opportunity with a diverse lineup of jazz performers featuring Grammy- and Tony Award-winners as well as live album recordings.

Subscription packages are on sale now; tickets go on sale beginning Aug. 19, 2015.

Chamber Music Society of St. Louis

The upcoming seventh season of the Chamber Music Society of St. Louis will focus on worldly compositions throughout their six-event program led by esteemed British conductor Nicholas McGegan, music director for the San Francisco Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, and featuring St. Louis Symphony former Associate Conductor David Loebel in the closing pieces.

“Still Going Baroque,” with McGegan, runs Nov. 2-3, and the society will end 2015 with a “tour of Europe” via “Strings Attached,” running Dec. 7-8. In February, things will pick up again with the annual “All You Need Is Love Fest” Feb. 8-9, and then March and April feature “Around the World in 80 Minutes” (March 14-15) and “Woodwind Chimes” (April 11-12). The season ends with “Hardcore Classics,” featuring Mozart and Tchaikovsky, May 2-3.

CMSSL offers two performances of each program in the Sheldon Ballroom (3648 Washington Blvd., Grand Center, St. Louis, MO 63108) on Monday and Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm. Subscriptions are on sale now, with information available online or by phone (314.941.6309). Single tickets will be released Aug. 15, 2015. CMSSL performances are also part of the Concert Pass Collaborative discount program for students.

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