The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2018-2019 season, featuring the orchestra’s new Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève. The theme for the year, says SLSO president and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard, is “From our family to yours.”

“There’s more traditional music this season. The feedback from the musicians was remarkably consistent. They’re very much caring about the audience, and what they think the audience would enjoy,” says Bernard.

Denève will lead the concerts of Nov. 10-11 (music of Berlioz, Lieberson, Wagner and Scriabin), Feb. 8-10 (music of Mozart, Vaughan Williams and Brahms) and Feb. 15-16 (music of Prokofiev, including the “Cinderella” Suite, Piano Concerto No. 2, and “Alexander Nevsky“), and the final subscription concerts of the season, May 10-12 (music of Salonen, Ravel and Berlioz).

“I personally love the richness of the orchestra [in St. Louis.] It also has a very lush string section that allows me to be very lyrical. It’s an orchestra that’s very well balanced,” Denève said.

Along the way, he’ll work with singers Kelley O’Connor, Anita Rachvelishvili and Virgine Verrez, as well as pianist Yefim Bronfman, and he renews his acquaintance with Amy Kaiser and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Denève about his career and his upcoming role in St. Louis. Listen to the full discussion here.

To learn more about the SLSO’s 2018-2019 season, visit