SLSO, music director designate Denève to conclude 2018/2019 classical season

ST. LOUIS – Music Director Designate of the St. Louis Symphony, Stéphane Denève, will lead the final weekend of the orchestra’s 2018/2019 classical subscription season May 10-12, 2019.

Stéphane Denève (SLSO)
Denève serves has the music director designate for this season and will become SLSO’s 13th Music Director in September, which marks the beginning of the 2019/2020 season.

The weekend’s concerts will open with the St. Louis premiere of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Nyx. San Francisco Chronicle describes the piece as “a rich and dazzling musical invention,” as it draws inspiration from the Greek goddess Nyx who is a relatively unknown figure in Greek mythology.

Making her SLSO debut May 10th-12th is Mezzo-soprano Rinat Shaham in Shéhérazade.

Ravel’s Shéhérazade, a song cycle based on the text from Tristan Klingsor’s poem written in response to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sheherazade Suite. Ravel’s composition is said to reflect the story of the heroine and narrator of The Arabian Nights.

Closing the season is Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, a piece considered to be one of the most influential orchestral compositions. In a French repertoire, Denève will lead SLSO in a “rousing” symphonic story about an artist resorting to drastic measures because of unrequited love.

Performance details

Friday, May 10, 2019, 8:00pm
Saturday, May 11, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 12, 2019, 3:00pm
Powell Hall (718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Mo.)

Stéphane Denève, conductor
Rinat Shaham, mezzo-soprano

Esa-Pekka SALONEN Nyx
RAVEL Shéhérazade
BERLIOZ Symphonie fantastique

Pre-Concert Conversations will be held for audiences at 7:00 pm on Friday and Saturday, and 2:00 pm on Sunday in the auditorium. Pianist Peter Henderson will be hosting the conversations.

Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased at or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.