Watch SLSO Songs of America

Updated: Sep 17


The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra shares Songs of America, musical portraits to showcase the spirit that makes St. Louis unique and to allow the community to connect through music during these challenging times. The project strives to inspire dialogue and celebrate the many voices in music, a bedrock of Stéphane Denève's Music Directorship and the foundation of the SLSO's 2020/2021 classical season.

Part 1 (June 29): "America the Beautiful"

Lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates/Music by Samuel Ward

Arranged by Adam Maness

Featuring Malena Smith, vocals

Filmed at the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park in East St. Louis


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Part 2 (June 30): "The Easy Winners"

By Scott Joplin

Arranged by Kenneth Abeling

Filmed at the Scott Joplin House State Historic Site in St. Louis


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Part 3 (July 1): Lyric for Strings

By George Walker

Conducted by Gemma New

Filmed at the Soldiers Memorial Military Museum in St. Louis


Read the program notes here.

Part 4 (July 2): "A Change Is Gonna Come"

By Sam Cooke

Featuring Brian Owens, vocals, and The 442s

Filmed at Kiener Plaza Park in St. Louis


Read the program notes here.

Part 5 (July 3): "St. Louis Blues"

By W.C. Handy

Arranged by Brian Holland

Featuring Stéphane Denève, piano


Read the program notes here.

Part 6 (July 4): "Amazing Grace"

Arranged by Adam Maness

Featuring Kennedy Holmes, vocals

Filmed at the First Baptist Church-St. Louis


Read the program notes here.

Part 7 (August 8): "Anchors Aweigh"

By Charles A. Zimmerman

Filmed for the commissioning of USS ST LOUIS


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Part 8 (August 28): "Deep River"

Traditional Spiritual, arr. Michael Casimir

Released in honor of the anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington


Read the program notes here.


Special thanks to the Centene Charitable Foundation, the Steward Family Foundation, and World Wide Technology for their support of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.


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