The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra offers many ways to experience thrilling musical moments, even as many of us stay home. Through digital tools, you can still engage with SLSO musicians, Music Director Stéphane Denève, and memorable performances. Here are a few ways you can enjoy your SLSO:
For ten years, the SLSO and St. Louis Public Radio have partnered to bring the orchestra to listeners wherever they are through live radio broadcasts of Saturday night performances. Hosts Robert Peterson and Tim Munro conduct lively and insightful interviews with SLSO musicians and guest artists during the concert intermissions. Now, for a limited time only, the SLSO is making two recent broadcasts available to listeners. The February 29, 2020, concert presented a cheerful mix of Viennese music, led by frequent guest conductor Nicholas McGegan. The SLSO’s horn section was featured on Haydn’s Symphony No. 31, aptly nicknamed “Hornsignal,” while Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 enchants with beautiful melodies. This concert is available through March 29.
Also available through April 7 is a thrilling concert of music inspired by great machines. Music Director Stéphane Denève led works by John Adams, Honegger, Roussel, plus the U.S. premiere of A Kind of Trane, a saxophone concerto by Guillaume Connesson inspired by John Coltrane. The concert concluded with a powerful performance of Ravel’s Bolero.
Click here to hear these concerts.
Instrument Playground Online
To celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, the SLSO has launched a new online resource – its Instrument Playground Online. This web-based tool introduces the instruments of the orchestra to people, especially children, through engaging videos and photos. And now, with so many people, families, and teachers looking for online resources to entertain and inform them, the timing is even better to help serve the community.
The SLSO’s Instrument Playground Online is a digital extension of the orchestra’s popular Instrument Playground, a hands-on experience for children prior to each SLSO Family Concert. The videos are an entertaining and informative overview about 10 different instruments from the four instrument families: strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. Through the series, audience members—from elementary students to SLSO patrons—can hear directly from these remarkable musicians.
SLSO Video Stories
While the SLSO is known worldwide for its superb artistry and masterful performances of classical music, the organization also works diligently to connect people throughout the St. Louis area to the power of music. SLSO Stories is one way to read, hear, and see how the SLSO impacts the region. Did you know that the SLSO trombone section performs every year for the resident of St. Agnes Home in Kirkwood? Or that SLSO staff members provide specialized training for teachers of Pre-K students to better integrate music into the classroom? Or that every year, dozens of SLSO volunteers organize music and arts contests that impact thousands of students across Missouri and Illinois?
There are countless stories about the SLSO, its mission, and its musicians. We’ve captured these unique tales, stories you might not hear at a concert, for you to enjoy.
Did you know you don’t have to leave home to hear works from upcoming SLSO concerts? On the SLSO’s Spotify profile, we’ve curated playlists for each of the programs on the entire 19/20 season and seasons past. Some of the playlists feature recordings from the SLSO’s vast recording portfolio with former Music Directors Leonard Slatkin, Hans Vonk, and David Robertson. There’s even a playlist that includes all of the SLSO’s commercial recordings – more than 100 hours of music total! Follow us and start exploring the works of the SLSO season.
Keep in mind that the SLSO and Stéphane Denève champion works by living composers, with almost 20 works new to the SLSO this season alone. Many of those works are so new, recordings of these pieces from talented composers of today don’t yet exist.
The SLSO has a robust catalogue of videos on its YouTube page, from interviews with Stéphane Denève to SLSO Stories and even footage of rehearsals from years past. Take a stroll down memory lane to see the SLSO in action.