The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, at 140 years old, isn't the only member of the family celebrating a milestone birthday. The St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra, founded in 1970 by then-Assistant Conductor Leonard Slatkin, turns 50 this year. Formed to train well-rounded young musicians from throughout the region, the YO has performed for presidents, toured Europe, and has continued to develop the country's brightest young musicians through concerts in Powell Hall, mentorship opportunities, and coaching with SLSO musicians.
On January 11, 2020, the YO celebrated its 50th anniversary by inviting alumni to return to the very stage that launched lifelong passions for music. Alumni, both professional and amateur musicians, came from across the country for a play-in event and free community concert that attracted hundreds of people. The event served not only as a concert, but as a reunion for friends who all share a love of music.
Here are some sights from the festivities:
Photos by Dilip Vishwanat