SLSO press coverage archive

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Week of January 9 to January 14, 2019

  • An all-movie-score album featuring SLSO Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève was named the classical album of the week by WRTI Philadelphia.

  • Chuck Lavazzi, classical music writer at KDHX, wrote a thorough preview of this weekend’s Beethoven and Schumann program, with lots of interesting bits of information.

  • SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New won a major management deal with Primo Artists, and her various roles and responsibilities were covered in an announcement of the deal in Slipped Disc, an industry publication.

  • The Saint Louis University student newspaper, with production back on schedule following winter break, published a lovely review of the Home Alone concert from December. 

Week of January 2 to January 8, 2019

  • Gazelle Magazine ran an online and in-print profile of SLSO Resident Composer Gemma New in its monthly feature, The Melting Pot, that features women from countries around the world doing extraordinary things in the St. Louis region.

  • The St. Louis Business Journal announced online and in print the appointment of Steve Rosenzweig as the SLSO’s new Chief Financial Officer.

  • Two additional reviews praised the SLSO’s New Year’s Eve Celebration: Chuck Lavazzi of KDHX and Rob Levy of the St. Louis blog Review STLboth praised the concert.

  • Sarah Bryan Miller of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch previews what’s ahead for the SLSO in 2019 in this round-up piece about the St. Louis arts region, including concerts with Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève.

Week of December 25, 2018, to January 1, 2019

  • The New Year’s Eve Celebration generated a preview by Sarah Bryan Miller with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that included an interview with former SLSO Resident Conductor Ward Stare. Then, following the concert, Bryan wrote a glowing review of the celebration, as did Chuck Lavazzi with KDHX.

  • Several outlets promoted the Walt Disney Animation Studios concert: Explore St. Louis named it a top five weekend pick, the Post-Dispatch previewed it in Go! Magazine, and the Post-Dispatch listed it as a weekend best bet. KDHX writer Chuck Lavazzi reviewed the concert, calling it a concert for everyone, not just for kids.

  • L. Kent Wolgamott, the performing arts critic of the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, named the SLSO performance of The Firebird in collaboration with the American Ballet Theater as his top performing arts experience for the entire year.

  • Missouri media outlets continued to pick up the Associated Press feature story on the 25th anniversary of the IN UNISON Chorus. Last week, at least 16 media outlets from around the country picked up the feature piece for publication online and/or in print or broadcast. This past week, additional Missouri outlets including the Southeast Missourian (Cape Girardeau), the Lake Sun (Lake of the Ozarks), and the Hannibal Courier-Post also picked up the story.

  • KMOV re-ran a feature segment on the SLSO that originally ran on November 1, 2018, again on Christmas Day in two different time slots. The combined reach of the Christmas Day re-runs of the St. Louis Proudsegment was more than 40,000 adults.

  • A pair of SLSO concerts made two separate lists recapping the best pop concerts of 2018. Kevin C. Johnson selected the SLSO show with Wyclef Jean in his top picks while Daniel Durchholz named the Rufus Wainwright concert to his list.

Week of December 18-25, 2018

  • The Associated Press ran a feature story on the 25th anniversary of the IN UNISON Chorus.  At least 16 other media outlets picked up the feature piece for publication online and/or in print or broadcast. The outlets include regional ones like Fox 2, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, and the Belleville News-Democrat; Missouri outlets including the Kansas City Star and the Jefferson City News-Tribune; and national outlets including the U.S. News and World Report, the Sacramento Bee, the Idaho Statesman, the Dothan (Alabama) Eagle, and others.

  • Following the Gospel Christmas program, St. Louis American reporter Kenya Vaughn beautifully reviewed the concert, calling it a unifying concert that “commanded an extended standing ovation.”

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch published a photo gallery from the Gospel Christmas concert, showing lots of happy faces enjoying the SLSO and Powell Hall.

  • “If this doesn't put you in a seasonal mood, you have a serious case of the Grinches,” commented Chuck Lavazzi in his cheerful review of the Mercy Holiday Celebration.

  • In its “Secrets of St. Louis”-themed January issue, St. Louis Magazine highlights Powell Hall in this featurette on the behind-the-scenes stories of some of the area’s most beloved attractions.

  • The Riverfront Times published an extended preview of the SLSO performance of the score to Star Wars: A New Hope coming in January.

  • Both the Mercy Holiday Celebration and the upcoming performance of Star Wars were listed in several “top picks” lists: Explore St. Louis lists the holiday concert as top weekend pick, as does the Riverfront Times; and Explore St. Louis also call the Star Wars show a top pick for January.

Week of December 11-17, 2018

  • The Post-Dispatch’s Sarah Bryan Miller featured the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus in a feature story about the ensemble’s 25th anniversary. The feature included multiple SLSO voices and highlighted the benefits the chorus brings not only to the participants, but to the community.

  • Harvard University’s Nieman Lab, a journalism research lab and publication, published an opinion piece that compares funding models of nonprofits and journalism outlets. Using the SLSO as its primary example of how journalism outlets could evolve its funding mechanisms, the article calls the SLSO a “true nonprofit” and praises its funding model of earned revenue, philanthropy, and endowment contributions.

  • Chuck Lavazzi, classical music writer for KDHX, called the performance of Handel’s Messiah by the SLSO and St. Louis Symphony Chorus a memorable one in his review of the program.

  • The SLSO performance of the score to Home Alone was featured on several “top event picks” by a handful of outlets, including: the Post-Dispatch (weekend best bets), Explore St. Louis (5 things to do this weekend), and St. Louis Magazine (top 5 weekend events).

  • As part of a continuing relationship, KTRS radio show hosts Jay Kanzler and Jennifer Blome interview IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth about the upcoming holiday performances by the SLSO (no link to share, interview aired live).

  • The Riverfront Times wrote about Cor Christmas, the holiday album by oboe/English horn Cally Banham – its inspirations, its genesis, and its music. SLSO musician-comprised Cortango and the trombones of the SLSO also appear on the album, as do several individual SLSO musicians.

Week of December 4-10, 2018

  • The Post-Dispatch’s Sarah Bryan Miller called the SLSO performance of Handel’s Messiah“moving” in her review of the concert. She specifically praised the quality of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus under Director Amy Kaiser.

  • The Messiah review follows previews in the Post-DispatchFox 2 News, and KDHX, as well as the Jacksonville (Ill.) Courier-Journal.

  • Ahead of the December 11-12 Pulitzer series concerts, Sarah Bryan Miller spoke with SLSO Creative Partner and Pulitzer series curator Tim Munro in a question-and-answer article about the contemporary classical program.

  • The Saint Louis University student publication reviewed the SLSO concert with Broadway star Leslie Odom, Jr.; the writer encouraged students to spend an evening with the SLSO.

  • editor Laurie Niles selected the SLSO’s recording of John Adams Violin Concerto with superstar Leila Josefowicz as a top 2018 gift suggestion on her blog.

  • UMSL Public Relations reports on an SLSO ensemble’s visit to the college, part of the SLSO’s College Connections program.

Week of November 28-December 3, 2018

  • IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth previewed all seven holiday programs at Powell Hall in an interview that aired on five local radio stations on Sunday, December 2 (New Country 92.3, 105.7 The Point, 106.5 The Arch, KSHE 95, and 101.1 FM).

  • The Bruckner 9 program received thorough previews by KDHX and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Both outlets also published reviews of the program, specifically praising the performance of guest pianist Ingrid Fliter, with Sarah Bryan Miller describing her playing as “tremendous” (Post-Dispatch) and Chuck Lavazzi calling her “dazzling” (KDHX).

  • Lavazzi also wrote the first of two planned previews of Handel’s Messiah– the first exploring in depth why the oratorio is performed often during the holiday season when it originally was not written for that purpose.

  • The SLSO re-established a relationship with the editorial staff at the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Bureau, which has already paid off with the SLSO featured in several articles: Live Music to Hear This Week (Dec. 4-9), 9 Must-See Holiday Performances, and 12 Events Happening in St. Louis This December.

  • A pair of magazines also selected SLSO for holiday roundups: St. Louis Magazine named the Leslie Odom Jr. show a top 10 thing to do this December, while Gazelle Magazine listed the Mercy Holiday Celebration as a top pick for December.

  • SLSO Creative Partner Tim Munro spoke about the upcoming Pulitzer Series concert on Jennifer Blome and Jay Kanzler’s show on KTRS (no link).

Week of November 20-27, 2018

  • This week’s coverage was dominated by the Bell performs Bruch program: St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Sarah Bryan Miller crafted a preview and review of the concert (plus a Q&A with Joshua Bell that ran last week). Chuck Lavazzi with KDHX also produced a preview and review. Both wrote glowing reviews, noting the virtuosic performances of Bell and several SLSO players.

  • St. Louis Magazine ran a short story and photos from the SLSO event Two to Tango, while Ladue News ran more than 100 photos in an online gallery.

  • The American Choral Director Association ran a nice piece by IN UNISON Chorus Assistant Director Harry Cecil about Robert Ray’s A Gospel Mass. The chorus, mentioned several times in the piece, will perform A Gospel Massin its entirety at the February Lift Every Voice concert. Ray was the founding director of the IN UNISON Chorus. 

  • The Columbia Daily Tribune (Columbia, Mo.) profiled one of the students selected to participate in the SLSO collaboration with the Mizzou New Music Initiative. The piece explores the collaboration and the work composed by graduate student Libby Roberts.

  • KDHX previews the Bruckner 9 concert in this piece written by Chuck Lavazzi.

November 13-19, 2018

  • HEC-TV aired a television feature by Paul Schankman on the SLSO partnership with the Mizzou New Music Initiative in which a SLSO chamber orchestra reads new works by student composers. The nearly 6-minute feature, shot in Powell Hall, includes an interview with SLSO Resident Conductor Gemma New.

  • The Copland’s Third program was previewed and reviewed by Sarah Bryan Miller with the St. Louis Post-Dispatchand also previewed and reviewed by Chuck Lavazzi with KDHX. Both previews included interviews with Bassoon Concerto composer Christopher Rouse, and both reviews praised the performance of principal bassoon Andrew Cuneo in the piece’s world premiere performance.

  • The St. Louis Post-Dispatch also published a question-and-answer piece with violinist Joshua Bell ahead of his November 23-25, 2018, performance with the SLSO.

  • The Saint Louis University student newspaper wrote about Student Night with the SLSO in this preview piece.

  • The St. Louis College of Pharmacy published an online-only story about the first SLSO College Connections visit to the college. The visit brought Jennings music students to the college for a tour and performance by a SLSO string quartet.

  • The Lake Sun and, the principal news outlet covering the Lake of the Ozarks region, published a round-up of SLSO holiday programming. 

November 6-12, 2018

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch classical music critic Sarah Bryan Miller wrote a glowing review of the Poem of Ecstasy program, calling it a “triumph” and “the best I have heard."

  • St. Louis Public Radio aired an interview with Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève on its daytime show, St. Louis On the Air. Host Don Marsh and Denève discussed the programs Denève conducts this season, as well as the transition he is making into the Music Director role. The interview was also picked up by KBIA radio in Columbia, Mo.

  • Holiday programs at Powell Hall received significant play in local media this week, including inclusions on two different St. Louis Post-Dispatch holiday arts guide (read here and here). Elsewhere, The Effingham (Ill.) Daily News ran a roundup of holiday performances, as did the Clayton Times and STL.News.

  • The Webster-Kirkwood Times and the Clayton Times published a variety of program previews recently released, including those covering the Joshua Bell performance, the first Youth Orchestra concert, and the Two to Tango fashion event.

  • It’s always nice to get mentioned in a national publication. Forbes Magazine included the SLSO as one of St. Louis’ cultural and historical institutions that is leading the city’s resurgence.

  • Lastly, the Missouri Arts Council featured the SLSO video “Meet Stéphane Denève” on the homepage of its website.

  • The SLSO album, The Gershwin Moment, continues to receive rave reviews. This week, WRTI Radio in Philadelphia selected it as its album of the week in this Q&A with pianist Kirill Gerstein.

*Note: Not all media coverage represented on this page.

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