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New to Classical Music? The SLSO, St. Louis County Library Have You Covered With This New Partnership

By Eric Dundon


Have you always wanted to try a symphonic concert out, but don’t know where to start? Launched on January 17, 2024, a new partnership between the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) and St. Louis County Library (SLCL) offers a low-commitment opportunity to try out symphonic music, performed by the talented musicians of the second-oldest orchestra in the country.


St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Newcomers to the SLSO can pick up a voucher from any SLCL branch to enjoy a free classical concert or family concert. Each voucher provides first-time SLSO attendees up to two tickets to a classical concert or up to four tickets to a family concert. Vouchers will be available at any SLCL branch, while supplies last. Limit one voucher per patron. 


This new partnership aims to foster a deeper appreciation for symphony music within the St. Louis region.


Upcoming concerts in the 2023/2024 season include Carl Orff’s ever-popular Carmina Burana, a Family Concert that explores the latest dance crazes, a remarkable collaboration with Big Muddy Dance Company dancers performing alongside the orchestra, and more.


Marie-Hélène Bernard, SLSO President and CEO, said she is grateful for the partnership with SLCL.


“We believe music is a shared human experience and look forward to welcoming new audiences to orchestra performances through this collaborative initiative,” she said.


This innovative initiative highlights both organizations’ commitment to inclusivity and education. By providing free concert tickets to new audiences, the partnership seeks to introduce classical music to a broader audience, breaking down barriers and making the rich cultural experience of symphonic music accessible to all.


“This collaboration with the SLSO aligns perfectly with our mission to support the community by providing access to a wide range of cultural experiences,” said Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director & CEO. “This partnership will connect patrons to an incredible St. Louis institution, fostering a love for music that will resonate for years to come."


During the expansion and renovation of historic Powell Hall, the SLSO is performing throughout the St. Louis region, with most concerts at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri–St. Louis, and Stifel Theatre.


Eric Dundon is the SLSO’s Public Relations Director.


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