By Eric Dundon
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra musicians took the spotlight in the inaugural St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Live at The Sheldon concert on October 25. This new venture between two Grand Center neighbors elevates the talents of SLSO musicians, who not only performed all the chamber music on the program, but also curated the program, selecting pieces that showcase the various sections of the orchestra.
The inaugural concert, featuring the winds, was curated by Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews and Principal Bassoonist Andrew Cuneo. The program included Valerie Coleman's Tzigane, Carl Nielsen's Serenata in vano, Richard Strauss' Till Eulenspiegel, einmal anders!, and Louis Spohr's Nonet in F Major. A special piece on the program, Atticus Schlegel's Forgotten Fantasy for wind quintet, is the first of five pieces performed throughout the series by student composers from the Mizzou New Music Initiative at the University of Missouri.
The next program is December 6, curated by violinist Angie Smart and cellist Bjorn Ranheim, featuring the strings. Future programs feature strings with piano (February 7), percussion (March 6), and horns (April 7).
Photos by Jon Gitchoff