Music Director Stéphane Denève and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra return to Powell Hall with live concerts on October 15. Denève will conduct the first two weeks of concerts.

On Octobter 15 – 18, the four sold-out concerts will feature Jessie Montgomery’s Starbursts and Beethoven’s inspiring “Eroica” Symphony. “We restart with a universal masterpiece,” says Stéphane. “Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony is full of hope—this is the right piece to begin making music together again.”

The following week will see R. Strauss’s Metamorphosen, Takashi Yoshimatsu’s And birds are still… and Dvořák’s Serenade for Winds. “This program gives music of comfort to heal our souls,” says Stéphane. Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Yoshimatsu’s And the birds are still… allow for reflection, and Dvořák’s Wind Serenade ends in pure light.

Jeremy D. Goodwin of St. Louis Public Radio writes:

“To protect concertgoers and staff, the Orchestra has implemented new safety procedures, including strict capacity limits in the audience and onstage. Only 100 patrons will be allowed to attend each concert, and the number of performing musicians will be cut approximately in half to a maximum of 40, to preserve space for social distancing.

“The annual series of chamber concerts presenting new works at the Pulitzer Arts Center is being converted to an online-only event, with the first video to be released online on Oct. 19. The SLSO ‘On The Go’ series has included pop-up performances of small ensembles at Tower Grove Park, the parking lot outside the Crown Center for Senior Living and several private homes. There is also a monthly series of online series of panel discussions with organization leaders called ‘Lunch & Learn.’”

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