St. Louis Symphony to tour Europe for first time in 14 years

Posted on: January 24, 2012

In Tuesday’s (1/24) Post-Dispatch (Saint Louis, Missouri), Sarah Bryan Miller reports, “The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra announced Monday it will go on its first European tour in 14 years, and the first under the leadership of music director David Robertson. It will be a compact tour—just four days in as many cities—and it’s all paid for. … On its tour in September, the orchestra will make debut performances at the Musikfest Berlin—Berliner Festspiele, the Lucerne Festival and at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. There will be an additional concert in London; the details are still to be announced. However, given the timing and Robertson’s connections in that city, the performance will almost certainly be a part of the celebrated Proms, at the Royal Albert Hall. ‘After a long hiatus, it’s really an opportunity,’ said SLSO president and CEO Fred Bronstein. ‘It represents all of the things that St. Louis has to offer culturally to the world. It’s a huge honor for an American orchestra to be invited; only a few on the top rung ever are.’ … Robertson has been talking about taking the orchestra to Europe, and laying out a strategy to make it work, since becoming music director in 2005. Next September will be the beginning of his eighth season with the SLSO.”

Posted January 24, 2012