Press Release 2/7/2013 - 13/14 Season Announcement
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 SEASON
Britten’s Peter Grimes, led by David Robertson at Powell Hall and Carnegie Hall
on Britten Centennial
Two John Adams Works Recorded at Powell Hall by Nonesuch
A Winter Beethoven Festival
Distinguished Guest Artists and Conductors including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham,
Christine Brewer, Karita Mattila, Christian Tetzlaff, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Andrey Boreyko
ST. LOUIS — Today, the St. Louis Symphony announced its 2013-2014 season, the orchestra’s 134th since its founding in 1880 and the ninth led by Music Director David Robertson. The 2013-2014 classical subscription series is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and runs from September 20, 2013 through May 11, 2014.
The classical subscription series schedule is a dynamic and varied study of contrasts: new and old, sacred and secular, popular and classical, eastern and western. David Robertson, his tenure as Music Director now extended with the St. Louis Symphony through 2016, leads the orchestra in a season that includes orchestral favorites, music of living composers, and other masterpieces that are sure to delight new and returning St. Louis Symphony audiences. Exciting soloists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Karita Mattila and Christian Tetzlaff, return to Powell Hall in 2013-2014 to perform with the St. Louis Symphony.
Another highlight of the new season: the orchestra, under the baton of David Robertson, makes a triumphant return to Carnegie Hall November 22, 2013, performing Britten’s opera Peter Grimes with a cast that includes tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and soprano Susanna Phillips on the composer’s 100th birthday.
The St. Louis Symphony also makes a return to recording in 2013-2014. The October 5-6, 2013 performances of a new John Adams’ concerto written for saxophone, a St. Louis Symphony co-commission and premiere, will be recorded by Nonesuch Records for release in 2014. (Nonesuch also records the St. Louis Symphony’s February 16, 2013 performance of Adams’ City Noir for this CD.) The St. Louis Symphony’s last release with Nonesuch in 2009 included John Adams’ Dr. Atomic Symphony, and was named “Classical Album of the Decade” by The Times of London.
“Our new season explores the amazing range of emotions and feelings that music evokes,” said Music Director David Robertson. “We can be carried away by incredible passion and energy or transported to a realm of indescribable peace and calm, often while listening to the same composition. We imagined a season of these contrasts by linking works, time periods and themes in unusual ways that will show the amazing range and expressive power of the St. Louis Symphony.”
St. Louis Symphony President & CEO Fred Bronstein said: “Nearly five years ago the St. Louis Symphony launched a vision to build new audiences through the breadth and depth of its offerings and to create the most dynamic and varied programming possible. Since then, we have seen a direct response from our audiences with steady increases in our ticket sales and attendance. The 2013-2014 season, with its broad range of musical styles and artists throughout all of our series, defines what the St. Louis Symphony means today: a pinnacle of musical excellence where there is something for everyone to relate to, to be thrilled by, and to love.”
The St. Louis Symphony is proud of its success story in recent years, which includes:
- A 39% increase in ticket revenues, 16% increase in seats sold and 14% increase in per-concert average attendance since the launch of major audience development initiatives four years ago
- Early negotiation of a long-term collective bargaining agreement that provides labor stability with the orchestra through 2017
- Extension of Music Director David Robertson’s contract through 2016
- Nonesuch recording of John Adams’ Doctor Atomic Symphony and City Noir
- Successful tours to Europe and California
- Regular engagements at Carnegie Hall
Moreover, the St. Louis Symphony continues to be recognized as one of the world’s great orchestras, whether at home in Powell Hall, on a run-out program in rural Missouri, at Carnegie Hall, or in the concert halls of Europe. Its reputation as a dedicated ensemble known for its musical sophistication, talent and spirit was confirmed on its fall 2012 tour of Europe, where it was met with enthusiastic audiences and critical praise, The Times of London calling its performance “like a victory parade.”
2013-2014 season highlights include:
- Music Director David Robertson will be at the podium Opening Weekend conducting Ives’ multi-layered Three Places in New England and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait. Soloist Kirill Gerstein joins the St. Louis Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
- Nonesuch will be back in Powell Hall recording the St. Louis premiere of Adams’ concerto for saxophone for a future release (along with the 2012-2013 season’s City Noir performance).
- On November 22, 2013, the Symphony returns to Carnegie Hall. Music Director David Robertson will lead the orchestra, along with a cast that includes tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and soprano Susanna Phillips, in a concert version of Britten’s haunting opera Peter Grimes. St. Louis audiences can preview the opera prior to the Carnegie Hall engagement at Powell Hall on Saturday, November 16, 2013. The concert celebrates Britten on his 100th birthday.
- The St. Louis Symphony’s 5th Annual Red Velvet Ball brings legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma back to Powell Hall on October 19, 2013. David Robertson will be at the podium for this very special evening. Proceeds from the gala benefit the Symphony. The event will be chaired by Peggy Ritter and Marsha Rusnack.
- Orchestral Favorites include works such as Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 and Orff’s Carmina burana.
In January 2014, the St. Louis Symphony begins a month-long Winter Beethoven Festival. Some of the composer’s best-known works (Symphony No. 7, Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor,” Symphony No. 3, “Eroica,” and Symphony No. 5) will be paired with contrasting modern masterpieces by composers from around the globe.
- Exciting Soloists will perform with the St. Louis Symphony throughout the entire season, from violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and acclaimed pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Lars Vogt, to favorite vocalists Christine Brewer, Nicholas Phan, Susanna Phillips and Karita Mattila.
- Ten living composers are featured throughout the 2013-2014 season, including the St. Louis co-commission and premiere of Adams’ concerto for saxophone, Brett Dean’s Viola Concerto (performed by the composer and conducted by David Robertson) and Marc-André Dalbalvie’s La Source d’un regard.
- The St. Louis Symphony is also proud to perform contemporary works from two composers who have been part of the Mizzou New Music Initiative, 2012 International Composers Festival, sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation: Patrick Harlin’s Rapture and Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem. Both Harlin and Berg were resident composers at the International Composers Festival, and Berg was awarded the Sinquefield Prize, which goes to University of Missouri-Columbia students.
- Live at Powell Hall, the Symphony’s popular programming, which has solidified Powell Hall as *the* place to be to enjoy music in a variety of genres, is back for another season with big shows and big names. Singer/musician Ben Folds returns after a sold-out performance with the St. Louis Symphony in 2011. The Symphony will also perform the live movie scores for Disney’s classic Fantasia, and the beloved film classic Casablanca onValentine’s weekend 2014.
- The St. Louis Symphony’s Holiday Concerts make Powell Hall a December destination for audiences of all ages. Included in the line-up: Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, Holiday Celebration concerts, the Music of John Williams, and the New Year’s Eve concert, conducted by David Robertson.
- Several St. Louis Symphony Featured Musicians will solo during the season, including:
- Concertmaster David Halen and Principal Cello Daniel Lee (Brahms Double Concerto, February 7-9, 2014)
- Associate Principal Second Violin Kristin Ahlstrom, Associate Principal Cello Melissa Brooks, Acting Co-Principal Oboe Philip Ross and Associate Principal Bassoon Andrew Gott (Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante, February 21-23, 2014)
- The St. Louis Symphony welcomes a distinguished group of musicians and conductors for their Powell Hall subscription series debuts in 2013-2014, including violist Brett Dean, saxophonist Tim McAllister, violinists Adele Anthony and Stefan Jackiw, and conductors Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Juanjo Mena and Carlos Izcaray.
- Pulitzer Series Concerts continue during the 2013-2014 season, exploring and celebrating the fusion between art and music in a series of performances programmed to complement exhibitions at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. These concerts take place at the Pulitzer and will be announced at a future date.
- The 2013-2014 season marks the fourth year of partnerships with two leading public media outlets - The Nine Network of Public Media and St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7-KWMU. In addition, the St. Louis Symphony looks forward to welcoming and working with the Radio Arts Foundation St. Louis in the future.
- The St. Louis Symphony expands its tradition of excellence with Education and Family Concerts, incorporating creative programming that familiarizes young listeners with the Symphony, its musicians and classical music.
David Robertson will be at the podium Opening Weekend at Powell Hall September 20-22, 2013, leading the St. Louis Symphony in two pieces of iconic music focusing on the American experience: Ives’ Three Places in New England and Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address (narrator to be announced at a later date). Then, pianist Kirill Gerstein joins the St. Louis Symphony to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, which also has an American connection, having premiered in Boston in 1875.
For the second time in recent years, Nonesuch Records returns to Powell Hall to record the St. Louis Symphony’s premiere of John Adams’ concerto for saxophone, conducted by David Robertson and featuring soloist Tim McAllister on October 5 and 6, 2013. The concerto and Adams’ City Noir, which was recorded last season at Powell Hall, will be released together at a date to be announced later.
RETURN TO CARNEGIE HALL
The St. Louis Symphony, a perennial favorite at New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, returns in 2013 to perform Britten’s haunting and harrowing opera Peter Grimes, led by David Robertson. Joining the Symphony to bring the opera to life on stage are critically acclaimed tenor Anthony Dean Griffey—acknowledged as the premiere interpreter of the role today—and a cast including soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford. The Carnegie performance takes place on November 22, Britten’s 100th birthday.
5th ANNUAL GALA
The Red Velvet Ball, featuring legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the St. Louis Symphony led by Music Director David Robertson, takes place Saturday, October 19, 2013. Yo-Yo Ma will perform Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major and Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor. Gala guests will enjoy pre-concert cocktails, dinner and what promises to be an unforgettable performance at Powell Hall. Proceeds from this special event support the St. Louis Symphony. This year’s event is chaired by Peggy Ritter and Marsha Rusnack.
This season, the St. Louis Symphony performs many favorites and blockbusters, including Verdi’s Requiem, Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World,” Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 and back by popular demand, Orff’s instantly recognizable Carmina burana, featuring the orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and The St. Louis Children’s Choirs.
WINTER BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL
In January 2014, the St. Louis Symphony will perform some of Beethoven’s greatest works on four consecutive concert weeks including the Third, Fifth and Seventh symphonies, and the Fifth Piano Concerto, pairing them with other composers that offer intriguing contrasts: Nielsen, Bartók, Brett Dean, and Shostakovich. Andrey Boreyko, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Jaap van Zweden, and Music Director David Robertson are the conductors taking part in the Beethoven Festival.
The St. Louis Symphony has a long and proud tradition of welcoming some of the world’s finest musicians to perform at Powell Hall and the 2013-2014 season is no exception. Joshua Bell, who made his Carnegie Hall debut with the St. Louis Symphony in 1985, performs Sibelius’ Violin Concerto at Powell Hall. Other violin virtuosos scheduled to join the orchestra include Christian Teztlaff (who was the Symphony’s featured soloist during its 2012 European tour), Gil Shaham, and Anthony Marwood joins the Symphony as soloist *and* conductor on an all-Mozart program this season. Violist Brett Dean will perform his own Viola Concerto with the St. Louis Symphony. Vocalists Christine Brewer, Nicholas Phan, and Susanna Phillips all return to Powell Hall in 13-14, as does the scintillating soprano Karita Mattila, who chose to make her debut performance of Schoenberg’s Erwartung with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony.
Music by living composers has been programmed throughout the 2013-2014 season. These works include former New Music Initiative Resident Composer Patrick Harlin’s Rapture, John Adams’ concerto for saxophone, Ingram Marshall’s Bright Kingdoms, Roberto Sierra’s Fandangos, Brett Dean’s Testament and his Viola Concerto, performed by the composer, Thomas Adès’ Dances from Powder Her Face, and Steve Reich’s The Four Sections. As with other programs throughout the season, these contemporary composers are paired with works and composers that will make intriguing contrasts: Patrick Harlin’s Rapture with Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben, John Adams with George Gershwin, Thomas Adès’ Dances from Powder Her Face with Scheherazade, Ingram Marshall’s Bright Kingdoms with Dvořák’s “From the New World” Symphony, Roberto Sierra with Copland, Brett Dean with Beethoven, and Steve Reich with Carmina burana.
MIZZOU NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE
The St. Louis Symphony is also proud to perform and profile contemporary works from two composers involved with the Mizzou New Music Initiative, 2012 International Composers Festival, sponsored by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. Patrick Harlin’s Rapture and Stephanie Berg’s Ravish and Mayhem will be performed at Powell Hall by the Symphony during the 13-14 season. Both Harlin and Berg were resident composers at the International Composers Festival, and Berg was awarded the Sinquefield Prize, which goes to University of Missouri-Columbia students.
LIVE AT POWELL HALL
Live at Powell Hall offerings are back during the 2013-2014 season and better than ever. Concerts include:
- The Barry White Experience (October 27, 2013) The St. Louis Symphony celebrates the music of the man who brought funk, soul and disco to the top of the charts, with vocalist Eric Conley hitting those low, mellow tones.
- Fantasia (November 1-3, 2013) Pairing the magic of Disney’s iconic animated films with the St. Louis Symphony providing the live score, these performances are perfect for the entire family.
- The Music of Elvis Presley (November 10, 2013) Long live the King! This evening will take you through Elvis Presley’s long and legendary career, bringing songs to the Powell Hall stage that will forever live on in the hearts of his fans.
- The St. Louis Symphony performs Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (December 14-15, 2013) The STL Symphony performs the sounds of Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at Powell Hall for the first time ever this holiday season. The modern symphonic arrangements of Christmas songs made famous by Chip Davis include yuletide favorites such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls” and many more.
- The Music of John Williams (December 27-29, 2013) Composer John Williams has written some of the most iconic movie music ever made, including the themes to Star Wars, JFK and Harry Potter. Join the STL Symphony, conducted by David Robertson, as it performs some of Williams’ most beloved and recognizable works.
- Casablanca (February 15-16, 2014) Some films, and their music, will forever stand the test of time, and Casablanca is one of them. Watch the 1942 classic starring Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, as the STL Symphony provides the live score, including the movie’s unforgettable theme “As Time Goes By.” The perfect Valentines weekend!
- Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II (March 15-16, 2014) Join the St. Louis Symphony as it shares the stage with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Road Runner and the rest of the Looney Tunes characters for a special presentation. These concerts bring the Warner Brothers cartoons you grew up with to life with both 3-D technology and terrific live music, including works from Rossini, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.
- Simply Sinatra (March 30, 2014) The Great American Songbook comes to life on the Powell Hall stage, as vocalist Steve Lippia joins the St. Louis Symphony in a touching tribute to Frank Sinatra.
- Michael W. Smith (April 10-11, 2014) The Grammy-award winning contemporary Christian singer/songwriter returns to Powell Hall for a pair of uplifting performances pairing his greatest hits with the live sound only the St. Louis Symphony can provide.
- Ben Folds (April 12-13, 2014) Returning to St. Louis after a standing-room-only performance with the Symphony in 2011, singer/musician Ben Folds brings his funky, off-beat style back to Powell Hall with the St. Louis Symphony.
Building on its hugely successful holiday line-up, Powell Hall once again becomes a winter wonderland in December 2013, and a destination location for all things musical, with a wide array of programs designed to delight the entire family. Offerings include Cantatas 1-3 from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (December 6-7, 2013), Too Hot to Handel: A Gospel Messiah (a gospel arrangement of Handel’s Messiah) (December 12-13, 2013),the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas (December 14-15, 2013), the Symphony’s Holiday Celebration concerts (December 20-22, 2013), the Music of John Williams (December 27-29, 2013) and the St. Louis Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration, conducted by David Robertson (December 31, 2013). There is truly something for everyone this holiday season at Powell Hall, making it a top December destination!
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY FEATURED MUSICIANS
As our city marks its 250th birthday, the St. Louis Symphony is proud to feature a variety of its tremendously talented musicians, who will thrill audiences this season with challenging solo performances, including:
- David Halen: Brahms’ Double Concerto (February 7-9, 2014)
- Kristin Ahlstrom: Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante (February 21-23, 2014)
- Daniel Lee: Brahms’ Double Concerto (February 7-9, 2014)
- Melissa Brooks: Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante (February 21-23, 2014)
- Philip Ross: Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante (February 21-23, 2014)
- Andrew Gott: Haydn’s Sinfonia concertante (February 21-23, 2014)
The St. Louis Symphony is proud to welcome exciting, world-class musicians for their Powell Hall debuts during the 2013-2014 season:
- Anthony Marwood (October 11-13, 2013)
- Andrés Orozco-Estrada (January 17-19, 2014)
- Juanjo Mena (February 28, March 1-2, 2014)
- Carlos Izcaray (May 1-4, 2014)
- Tim McAllister (October 5-6, 2013)
- Brett Dean (January 24-25, 2014)
- Stefan Jackiw (November 8-9, 2013)
- Adele Anthony (January 10-11, 2014)
- Angel Blue, soprano (March 7-8, 2014)
- Julia Gertseva, mezzo-soprano (March 7-8, 2014)
- Aquiles Machado, tenor (March 7-8, 2014)
- Riccardo Zanellato, bass (March 7-8, 2014)
PULITZER SERIES CONCERTS
The relationship between modern art and modern music will again be explored during the 2013-2014 season as the St. Louis Symphony provides a series of chamber concerts at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts. The space, a 21st century architectural masterpiece, is the ideal venue for these perfectly paired repertoires, which are designed to initiate dialogue with the Foundation’s featured exhibit. Programs and dates for the 2013-2014 season will be announced later.
EDUCATION AND FAMILY CONCERTS
The St. Louis Symphony is proud to present four Family Concerts throughout the 2013-2014 season, each designed to capture imaginations of younger listeners. They include:
- Sunday, September 29, 2013: The Life and Times of Ludwig van Beethoven: Performers Michael Boudewyns and Sarah Valentine return to Powell Hall with an original program celebrating Beethoven, his remarkable age and four famous notes. Featuring the legendary music of Beethoven Symphony No. 5, with a playful sprinkling of fascinating facts and timely trivia, this vaudeville-inspired new performance is an inventive introduction to Beethoven’s musical genius.
- Sunday, November 17, 2013: SymphonySLAM: A true fusion between visual art and music! Join St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson as he pairs images of some of the St. Louis Art Museum’s most beloved treasures with complementary music. Presented in cooperation with the St. Louis Art Museum.
- Sunday, January 12, 2014: Peter and the Wolf: It’s Prokofiev’s piece with an on-stage twist! Student performers from Stages St. Louis will join the St. Louis Symphony to act out this family favorite.
- Sunday, March 9, 2014: Choose Your Symphonic Adventure: Be part of this interactive fun-filled journey through the history of classical music where *you* pick the program!
RETURNING GUEST CONDUCTORS
- Stéphane Denève (September 27-28, 2013)
- Hannu Lintu (October 18 and 20, 2013)
- Peter Oundjian (October 25-26, 2013)
- Nicholas McGegan (November 8-9, 2013)
- Andrey Boreyko (January 10-11, 2014)
- Jaap van Zweden (January 31, February 1-2, 2014)
- James Gaffigan (February 7-9, 2014)
- Bernard Labadie (February 21-23, 2014)
- Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos (March 7-8, 2014)
- Leonard Slatkin (April 25-27, 2014)
RETURNING GUEST ARTISTS
- Kirill Gerstein (September 20-22, 2013)
- Lars Vogt (September 27-28, 2013)
- Jon Kimura Parker (October 5-6, 2013)
- Stewart Goodyear (October 25-26, 2013)
- Louis Lortie (January 17-19, 2014)
- Benedetto Lupo (February 28, March 1-2, 2014)
- Conrad Tao (April 25-27, 2013)
- Anthony Marwood (October 11-13, 2013)
- Simone Lamsma (October 18 and 20, 2013)
- Joshua Bell (November 29-30, December 1, 2013)
- Gil Shaham (March 21-22, 2014)
- Christian Tetzlaff (April 5-6, 2014)
- Susanna Phillips, soprano (November 16, 2013)
- Dominique Labelle, soprano (December 6-7, 2013)
- Kate Lindsey, mezzo-soprano (December 6-7, 2013)
- Nicholas Phan, tenor (December 6-7, 2013)
- Stephen Powell, baritone, (December 6-7, 2013)
- Karita Mattila, soprano (March 28-29, 2014)
- Christine Brewer, soprano (May 9-11, 2014)
EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
The St. Louis Symphony’s External Affairs Department coordinates the Symphony’s Education, Community Partnership and Youth Orchestra programs. Its mission: To enrich people’s lives
through the power of music by providing many free, live events in intimate community settings. Each year, the St. Louis Symphony shares its talents with thousands of people in our area. This is accomplished in several ways:
- Symphony in Your School, an intense residency program that includes a school “resident musician” and additional visits and lessons from St. Louis Symphony musicians and staff featuring cross-curricular lesson plans.
- Education and Family Concerts, held four times each season. More than 40,000 children attend these performances at Powell Hall each year.
- PNC Grow Up Great Early Childhood program, introducing pre-school children to classical music and concepts.
Community Partnership efforts:
- Symphony in Your City, free performances held at venues throughout the city of St. Louis, including Powell Hall.
- Symphony in Your Neighborhood, free performances at special community venues.
- Symphony in Your College, providing performances and master classes at colleges and universities in both Missouri and Illinois.
- SymphonyCares, bringing the power of music to patients in hospitals, retirement communities and assisted living facilities.
- Symphony Where You Worship, including the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON® Chorus and church program. The IN UNISON program provides performances at more than 40 African-American churches throughout the St. Louis area each year; the chorus performs at Powell Hall several times each season. Other Symphony Where You Worship performances take place at synagogues and interfaith events.
St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra:
- Trains talented musicians from more than three dozen schools across the St. Louis area.
- Offers student musicians a newly-expanded curriculum including Beyond Rehearsal, a series of workshops, talks and exercises designed to help cultivate “the whole musician,” including one-on-one interactions with STL Symphony musicians and staff.
- The orchestra’s three performances at Powell Hall during the 2013-2014 season are free.
To learn more about the Education and Community Partnership programs of the St. Louis Symphony, visit www.stlsymphony.org/cp