The St. Louis Symphony made an appearance at Carnegie Hall this past weekend, performing Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes on what would have been the composer's 100th birthday. Critical acclaimed followed an extended standing ovation upon the close of the performance, with the New York Times calling ... More >>
Since its opening four years ago, Citygarden has become a must-see St. Louis destination. Now the downtown sculpture park is worth a listen, too. See also: - Jenna Fischer Defends Imo's Pizza - Jon Hamm Brags About St. Louis Cardinals Today Citygarden unveiled an iPhone app that offers -- among ... More >>
In 2005, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was struggling: Labor disputes, falling revenue and diminishing credibility threatened the group, which has existed since 1880. It's safe to say times have changed: the SLSO is now world-class -- it recently returned from a successful European tour and music ... More >>
image viaDavid Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony will be back for another season.It's still only about halfway through the current orchestral season, but the St. Louis Symphony believes in planning ahead. And so, late last week, the orchestra announced its offerings for the 2011-12 season, ... More >>
It's still 25 days till Christmas, but Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and hoo boy does the St. Louis Symphony have a gift for you! No, it's not music. Which would actually be pretty nice. No, the Symphony has teamed up with Build-a-Bear Workshop to create a special symphonic Build-a-Bear. It does ... More >>
One of the most awesome things in St. Louis is our world-class symphony orchestra, led by world-class conductor and sometime-kazoo virtuoso David Robertson. Over the past fiscal year, which ended August 31, more St. Louisans have started to appreciate the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, at least if th ... More >>
Image sourceThe Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra made a triumphant New York debut last Tuesday, June 8, at a benefit performance in Riverside Church, earning a rave review in today's New York Times. "Significant collective and individual preparation had clearly gone into their ... More >>
When Nick Jonas put RFT music editor Annie Zaleski on the spot after his Pageant performance to ask her for an in-person critique, he crossed the standardized boundary between music journalist and music maker. I recently had a similar experience with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra violinist Lisa Chon ... More >>
umsl.eduLee, with wife Mary Ann.The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has just announced that it plans to dedicate its all-Beethoven concert on Saturday, January 30 to longtime benefactor E. Desmond "Des" Lee who died last week.Lee, who was 92, donated more than $70 million during his career as a ph ... More >>
The $75-and-under category for New Year's Eve parties this year seems to have grown a great deal since last year. From special-menus being offered at restaurants to expanded party packages at night clubs, there are more than a dozen nightlife options to choose from if you've got the scratch. - He ... More >>
Congratulations to the SLSO, which received quite an honor today. Doctor Atomic Symphony, the John Adams composition it recorded under conductor David Robertson, was named iTunes' Best Contemporary Classical Album of 2009. (Screenshot below.) Released by Nonesuch Records in July, Atomic was recorded ... More >>
Over the weekend, the Saint Louis Symphony gave a preview of Powerful Percussion, the concert it will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York this season. The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the second number, Tan Dun's Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra, in which percussioni ... More >>
www.cocastl.orgStephanie RivenThe Arts and Education Council yesterday announced the recipients of its annual arts awards. Earning the "Lifetime Achievement Award" is Stephanie Riven, the longtime executive director of COCA (Center of Creative Arts). Last month Riven announced that she'll re ... More >>
If you missed any of these items posted last week on the Daily RFT -- or were like some of us and just checked-out for the holidays by Monday -- here's your chance to catch up before you have to do any real work this morning.Michael Jackson Watched Donald Duck to Fall Asleep, Exercised with Incredib ... More >>
It's a good time to be David Robertson right now.Not only has the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra music director been nationally-lauded for his superior singing and kazoo-playing, he has his musicians for another four years, thanks to a remarkably-peaceful labor agreement earlier this week.And now Ro ... More >>
With his spiky, greying mullet, Bob Dylan shades and hotel room drink in a plastic cup, Glenn Branca cuts a mean, iconic hipster figure, a pure punk aesthete who for 30 years has been taking music -- call it rock, call it classical, call it Post-Minimalist, call it Maximalist -- to places the most s ... More >>
Old, new, borrowed and true
The SLSO is off and running
Dennis talks theater with a symphony conductor — and a theatrical one, at that.
The Saint Louis Symphony is ready to hit the high-tech notes.
7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, February 14 and 15. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard).
Week of September 14, 2005
The arrival of a brilliant conductor was drowned out by labor discord. Now the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra begins a new season -- with some strings attached.
Week of September 22, 2004