St. Louis Symphony 2022-23: contemporary composers, Europe tour, digital offerings

Posted on: April 4, 2022

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced its schedule for the 2022-23 season, [which] kicks off Sept. 14 with the traditional free concert on Art Hill in Forest Park and proceeds more formally that weekend with concerts at Powell Hall,” writes Daniel Durchholz in Wednesday’s (3/30) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). “On the schedule are 26 pieces that will be heard for the first time, including several world premieres and one U.S. premiere. Sixteen of those works are by contemporary composers such as Guillaume Connesson, James Lee III, Kevin Puts, Wynton Marsalis, Mason Bates, Qigang Chen, Helen Grime, Gabriel Kahane, Kaija Saariaho, Nokuthula Ngwenyama and Detlev Glanert. A number of favorites from the standard repertoire will be included as well. [Music Director Stéphane] Denève will helm … rare performances of Florent Schmitt’s ‘Tragedy of Salome Suite’ and Francis Poulenc’s ‘Stabat Mater.’ SLSO assistant conductor Stephanie Childress will lead two concerts…. There will also be performances by the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, the In Unison Chorus and the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra…. In March, Denève and the SLSO will embark on a multi-country European tour… The popular Crafted series of happy-hour concerts will continue…. Digital concerts and education and family resources … will continue.”