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Here Are the Amazing Updates to the SLSO’s 2023/2024 season

Updated: Jul 21, 2023



By Eric Dundon


The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 144th season brings music to life in thrilling and heartfelt ways. From full symphonic and choral repertoire, holiday celebrations, chamber music, and community concerts, this season will be one to remember.


Single tickets for most St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 2023/2024 season concerts go on sale on Tuesday, July 25. It’s your opportunity to secure seats to hear the country’s second-oldest orchestra in venues throughout St. Louis.

Single tickets go on sale July 25. Visit the concert calendar here.

Enjoy the standards? The orchestra will present all five Piano Concertos by Ludwig van Beethoven, along with beloved symphonies by Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák, Sergei Prokofiev, and more. How about American staples? Check out Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring Suite or George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Maybe you enjoy film presentations with the orchestra? Get your tickets to one—or all five—of the SLSO’s film screenings, including the wildly popular Encanto.


Do you love to see SLSO musicians up close? Perhaps tickets to the SLSO’s long-standing Live at the Pulitzer series, with its bold music and innovative performances, are more your speed. Or check out a new collaboration with The Sheldon where the performances are curated by the musicians themselves (and will feature four world premiere performances).


Curated and Create Your Own Subscriptions are available at slso.org.


While the SLSO continues the community-centered expansion and renovation of its historic home at Powell Hall, the orchestra will expand its presence throughout the St. Louis region, with programming that showcases the magical sound of the SLSO and the vitality of St. Louis’ artists and cultural institutions. Primary concerts venues are Presenting Partner, the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Stifel Theatre in downtown St. Louis.


Here's a closer look at the entire season:


Incredible talent

Violinist Hilary Hahn opens the season.

Music Director Stéphane Denève leads ten classical programs, with repertoire spanning genre and time. He opens the season with the much-anticipated return of violinist Hilary Hahn in her first SLSO collaboration in more than 20 years, then closes the season with a one-night-only concert with one of the world’s most recognized artistic and cultural ambassadors: cellist, educator, and philanthropist, Yo-Yo Ma. A quintet of pianists joins the SLSO over the course of the season to traverse Ludwig van Beethoven’s monumental output of piano concertos.

The SLSO extends its meaningful tradition of artistic partnerships, collaborating with internationally renowned artists from Grammy Award–winners like violinist Augustin Hadelich; to recognizable Broadway talent, violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins; and rising stars that are the talk the classical music world including conductor Elim Chan and violinist Randall Goosby.

Beloved music

Throughout the season, Denève leads the SLSO in some of classical music’s most beloved works including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet Suite and Peter and the Wolf, and Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, alongside the first SLSO performances of many works, including Lera Auerbach’s Icarus, Unsuk Chin’s subito con forza, Valerie Coleman’s Umoja, Florence Price’s Third Symphony, and Albert Roussel’s The Spider’s Feast.


In total, the season includes nearly four dozen pieces performed by the orchestra for the first time, thoughtfully selected and programmed for their quality and impact.


In January 2024, the SLSO and Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin embark on a three-concert exploration of the many ways jazz music has enriched the orchestral world, including the world premiere of a new violin concerto by Jeff Beal and three pieces by the great American composer George Gershwin.


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Live at the Pulitzer—20th Anniversary Season

Sustaining its commitment to today’s musical voices, the SLSO partners with the Pulitzer Arts Foundation for a three-concert series presenting bold and adventurous chamber music—an enduring partnership begun in 2004.


This season, the series is curated by St. Louis-based composer Christopher Stark, recipient of the 2023 Rome Prize and an Associate Professor of Composition at Washington University in St. Louis. Programming responds to the art on display at the museum and includes music by more than a dozen composers performed on an SLSO program for the first time—leading voices of today that include Pulitzer Prize and Grammy Award winners. Concerts include:

  • Line and Light: Music by Andy Akiho, Michael Gordon, Molly Joyce, Leilehua Lanzilotti, and Sky Macklay

  • Material and Memory: Music by Laurence Crane, Allison Loggins-Hull, Christopher Stark, Cassie Wieland, and St. Louis native Olly Wilson

  • People and Place: Music by Clarice Assad, Raven Chacon, Molly Herron, and Osvaldo Golijov


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Live at The Sheldon

Showcasing the talents of SLSO musicians in smaller groups, the SLSO partners with The Sheldon Concert Hall and Galleries for a new, five-concert chamber music series. Curated and performed by SLSO musicians, the series shines a spotlight on the curators and the instruments they play, with programming that spans the entire chamber music library, from beloved standards to the first performances of music by emerging composers.


The inaugural Live at The Sheldon concerts include chamber music standards by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonín Dvořák, Maurice Ravel, and Richard Strauss; lesser-heard voices including Bohuslav Martinů, Florence Price, and Louis Spohr; and composers of today including Valerie Coleman, Jessie Montgomery, Christian Quiñones, and Shannon Wood (SLSO Principal Timpanist). The series also includes the first SLSO performances of five new chamber music pieces composed by emerging artists at the University of Missouri, continuing a long-standing and multi-faceted partnership with the Mizzou New Music Initiative.


Concerts include:

  • Winds With Strings: Curated by Principal Clarinet Scott Andrews and Principal Bassoon Andrew Cuneo

  • Strings: Curated by Angie Smart, violin, and Bjorn Ranheim, cello

  • Strings with Piano: Curated by Concertmaster David Halen and Principal Second Violin Alison Harney

  • Percussion Spotlight: Curated by Principal Timpani Shannon Wood

  • Horns with Strings: Curated by Principal Horn Roger Kaza and Fourth Horn Julie Thayer

Note: Single tickets for Live at the Sheldon concerts go on sale August 4.


Movies with Live Score

Popular presentations of films with the SLSO performing the score live returns for five programs, with two scores performed by the SLSO for the first time alongside three returning favorites:

  • The Nightmare Before Christmas, score by Danny Elfman

  • Home Alone, score by John Williams

  • Back to the Future, score by Alan Silvestri

  • Encanto, score by Germaine Franco, songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda

  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi, score by John Williams

All performances will take place at Stifel Theatre.


Family Concerts

A staple of SLSO programming for decades, Family Concerts in the 23/24 season include a trio of programs. Two concerts aimed at families with children ages 5-10, conducted by Jason Seber, include:

  • A Zoo Called Earth: A Halloween-themed program featuring Peter Schickele’s music depicting Earthly creatures heard from the perspective of an extraterrestrial tourist, held at the UMSL Touhill Performing Arts Center

  • Dance Party!: The latest dance craze meets the orchestra in this toe-tapping program held at the J. Scheidegger Center for the Arts at Lindenwood University

Designed for children ages 3-6, the SLSO for the first time will present a public concert of its Tiny Tunes program, which combines music and movement for the youngest music listener. Tiny Tunes for Families will be led by SLSO IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth at The Sheldon.

  • Tiny Tunes: The Lion and the Mouse: Familiar tunes from Edvard Grieg’s Peer Gynt bring the story by Jenny Broom, with illustrations by Nahta Nój, to life


Collaboration with St. Louis Cathedral Concerts


The St. Louis Symphony Chorus will perform with the SLSO in the Cathedral Concerts of St. Louis performance.

The orchestra returns to the venerable Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for a collaboration with St. Louis Cathedral Concerts. Denève will lead the orchestra and St. Louis Symphony Chorus in two pavanes by Gabriel Fauré and Maurice Ravel, music by Lili Boulanger and Charles Koechlin, and a performance of Fauré’s Requiem with and bass-baritone Davóne Tines, whose meteoric rise has taken the opera world by storm. Tickets are available via CathedralConcerts.org.


Concerts throughout the community

A season anchored in community connections and collaborations, the SLSO will engage with the community in several concerts throughout the St. Louis region.


An annual collaboration, musicians from the SLSO will perform a casual outdoor chamber concert on Washington University in St. Louis's South 40 campus in conjunction with WUSTL music students.


The SLSO collaborates with the newly expanded St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum in a free, hour-long event featuring the story and music of Czech composer and Holocaust victim Pavel Haas.


Continuing a long-standing partnership with the St. Louis Jewish Community Center, the SLSO will perform a free, hour-long concert, a Citywide Symphony Shabbat, featuring music of Jewish composers led by Kevin McBeth, SLSO IN UNISON Chorus Director.


Additional community concerts will be announced later.


 

Eric Dundon is the SLSO’s Public Relations Director.

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