It was a double artist debut weekend for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on November 17-19, as conductor Christian Reif and violinist Randall Goosby performed with the orchestra for the first time in a program that included music by Vítězslava Kaprálová, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Antonín Dvořák. The full audiences at UMSL's Touhill Performing Arts Center gave a warm welcome to both artist, and especially appreciated Goosby's toe-tapping encore, Louisiana Blues Strut by Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson.
Preceding the encore, though, was a revelatory performance of Korngold's Violin Concerto, performed 76 years after the SLSO gave the world premiere performance of the piece with legendary violinist Jascha Heifetz.
Reif and the orchestra opened the concert with the first SLSO performances of Kaprálová's Rustic Suite and closed with Dvořák's Symphony No. 7.
Photos by Virginia Harold