St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 2018-19: Musicians help choose programming; world premieres; conductor debuts

Posted on: February 2, 2018

“Three titled conductors, programming chosen with major input from the orchestra, two new commissions and more is in store for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra 2018-2019 season,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Tuesday’s (1/30) St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Next season, the orchestra will be between [music] directors, so things worked a little differently. During the planning process, musicians gave feedback concerning audience favorites and suggested music they’d like to play and compositions they wanted to bring back. … music director designate Stéphane Denève, resident conductor Gemma New and conductor laureate Leonard Slatkin will lead a total of eight subscription concerts. … Denève will conduct four weeks; New and Slatkin each will conduct two. … Slatkin will lead programs combining music from his tenure with the SLSO and … a new song cycle by Jeff Beal, a classically trained composer known for his music for [Netflix’s] “House of Cards” … Lots of other favorite conductors will return …Among those making their debuts are Karina Canellakis, Jakub Hrůša and Mattias Pintscher. … For the first time, there are three female conductors at the SLSO: New, Stutzmann and Canellakis. There are also two female composers on next year’s schedule … Lotta Wennäkoski and Loren Loiacono.”

Posted February 2, 2018