By Eric Dundon
Stéphane Denève felt like home in more than one way on Sunday, March 26, almost midway through the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s 2023 European tour.
The orchestra was performing in Brussels, Belgium, a place Denève called home for the better part of a decade. And then there was the orchestra itself, now Denève’s musical home. The full house at BOZAR’s Henry LeBoeuf Hall was warm and friendly, engaging with Denève as old friends do.
Following the performance of music by Prokofiev, Grief, and Rachmaninoff—including two encores by featured pianist Víkingur Ólafsson and two by the orchestra—Denève led a toast for the orchestra.
“I love you all and I’m so very happy,” he told the musicians before raising his glass.
The tour continues with concerts in Eindhoven and Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Madrid, Spain.