League Conference returns to St. Louis

Posted on: June 17, 2013

In Friday’s (6/14) St. Louis Beacon, Terry Perkins reports that when the last League of American Orchestras National Conference was held in St. Louis, in 1966, it “was a milestone for the St. Louis Symphony. … This coming week (June 16-20), the SLSO will once again host the League’s annual convention—the organization’s 68th. The event will bring approximately 900 delegates to St. Louis, including conductors and presidents of symphonies from New York to San Francisco; representatives from orchestras in Canada, Australia, Brazil, Austria, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom, as well as other classical ensembles, festivals, and music industry professionals. Speakers will focus on the theme of ‘Imagining 2023.’ … According to SLSO president and CEO Fred Bronstein, it’s a challenge that the Symphony is excited about—and well prepared to meet.” League President and CEO Jesse Rosen “viewed a return of the conference to St. Louis in a favorable light—for several reasons. … ‘It became very clear that the St. Louis Symphony had not only become a very talented musical force under David Robertson; there were other programs and practices that were clearly worth showcasing.’ Rosen noted the SLSO’s community outreach, innovative programming initiatives designed to build the Symphony’s audience, as well as the collaborative approach to collective bargaining with SLSO musicians on contracts.”

Posted June 17, 2013