St. Louis Symphony 2020-21: focus on women, past and present

Posted on: February 5, 2020

“St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Music director Stéphane Denève is enthusiastic about what’s been planned for his second season,” writes Sarah Bryan Miller in Tuesday’s (2/4) St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “What excites him the most? ‘Everything,’ he said…. For the 141st season, Denève said he was inspired by the SLSO’s own DNA…. It … has a female CEO [Marie-Hélène Bernard] and a woman, Gemma New, as its resident conductor…. The opening weekend program … begins with former SLSO composer-in-residence Joan Tower’s ‘Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman,’ No. 1…. Jessie Montgomery’s ‘Starburst’ gets its first SLSO performance; the program … concludes with ‘The Ride of the Valkyries’ from Wagner’s ‘Die Walküre.’ The season’s artist-in-residence, Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti [will perform] in the SLSO premiere of the Violin Concerto by Wynton Marsalis…. Other highlights include a two-week festival … called ‘History. Her Story. Our Future,’ led by Denève…. The biggest work in the festival is the SLSO premiere of Arthur Honegger’s oratorio ‘Joan of Arc at the Stake,’ directed by James Robinson…. The St. Louis Symphony Chorus will perform in five concerts, concluding with ‘Turandot.’ … The In Unison Chorus [will] perform in … the SLSO premiere of Florence Price’s Symphony No. 3.”