By Eric Dundon
A week after giving audiences in St. Louis a taste of its first tour program since 2017, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performed for a European audience.
The first stop in the five-city, four-country tour was Vienna, Austria, where classical music giants like Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Franz Schubert earned fame.
On March 23, 2023, the crowd at the historic Wiener Konzerthaus gave the SLSO a warm and enthusiastic reception of the program, which included Sergei Prokofiev's The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Sergei Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances, and Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto, which featured pianist Víkingur Ólafsson.
Along with the announced program, there were three encored: two by Ólafsson, and one by the entire orchestra.
Arriving in Vienna on March 22, musicians explored the city, soaking up the culture that has made Vienna famous for its cultural contributions.