Stéphane Denève and St. Louis Symphony Orchestra launch the first programs in their digital concert series, a first-of-its-kind in the orchestra’s 141-year history. The series’ initial offerings include six high-definition concerts filmed at Powell Hall and available for streaming through the orchestra’s website. Concerts can be viewed on personal computers, smartphones, and tablets, as well as on smart TVs via Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay.
The SLSO’s digital concert series, with a new concert becoming available every two weeks, will complement the SLSO’s updated live concert season, which the SLSO plans to announce in early March.
Stéphane Denève, Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, said, “We are so pleased to share these concerts beyond the walls of Powell Hall. Nothing brings us more joy than connecting with people through music. We hope you enjoy watching these performances as much as we loved creating them for you. We look forward to welcoming audiences back to live concerts as soon as it’s safe to do so.”
Marie-Hélène Bernard, President and CEO of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, said, “These digital concerts help the SLSO enrich lives through the power of music by making performances accessible wherever our audiences are. Stéphane and our exceptional family of musicians and staff—with strong support from our Board of Trustees—have championed new opportunities to stay connected with our community. We are energized by this first step in our growing library of media offerings and we look forward to sharing future plans for our expanding digital portfolio in the coming months.”
These digital concerts are part of the SLSO’s expanding portfolio of online content that makes music accessible to all. Included in that portfolio is a robust online education program platform, connecting teachers and students directly with SLSO musicians through innovative digital events. Last month, the SLSO launched SoundLab, a series of four interactive videos and activities for teachers, students, and families to create music and engage in the science of sound. Since its launch, SoundLab has reached people across the country and on three continents. Previously, the SLSO created several video series to keep the community connected through music, including Songs of America and Songs of the Holidays presented by Mercy. To date, these videos have reached more than 500,000 people. The SLSO also continues with concert broadcasts weekly on 90.7 KWMU St. Louis Public Radio and monthly on Nine PBS.
Available for audiences in the US.
Music Director Stéphane conducts St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – Virtual Concert Season
Streaming Now – 6 March (Free)
Yoshimatsu: And birds are still…
Dvořák: Serenade for Winds
“This program gives music of comfort to heal our souls,” says Stéphane. Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Yoshimatsu’s radiant And birds are still… allow time for reflection. And the wind section ends the program in the pure light of Dvořák’s Wind Serenade.
Streaming 11 March – 10 April
Stravinsky: “Dumbarton Oaks” Concerto
Walker: Lyric for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings
Three composers send musical messages of love. Igor Stravinsky’s “Dumbarton Oaks” for his daughter, George Walker’s Lyric for his grandmother, Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for his lover. Stéphane Denève and the SLSO translate these letters, bringing distant memories vividly to life.
Streaming 8 April – 8 May
The Heart of the Matter
Elgar: Serenade for Strings
Tchaikovsky: Andante cantabile
Puccini: I crisantemi (The Chrysanthemums)
Clyne: Within Her Arms
At the heart of the orchestra is the string section. In this program, it beats deeply. Edward Elgar and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: two young men, sharing in music what they can’t share in words. Anna Clyne and Giacomo Puccini: two creators of beautiful music, remembering loved ones who have died.
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