SLSO to Dedicate Beethoven Concert to Des Lee

Lee, with wife Mary Ann. -
Lee, 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 philanthropist; the SLSO was one of the chief beneficiaries.

"Anyone who knew E. Desmond Lee was aware that his love for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra was boundless," said SLSO president Fred Bronstein in a prepared statement. "His support was tremendous, not just in treasure but in spirit. There was no better cheerleader for this organization. Des always understood the challenges inherent in sustaining a great orchestra and never lacked optimism and belief that it was a vital institution to this city."

The January 30 concert is part of the symphony's two-week-long Beethoven festival and will feature Leonore Overture No. 3, Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 5. Musical director David Robertson will conduct, with violin solos by Christian Tetzlaff. The concert will also be broadcast on KFUO (99.1 FM).