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 slso.org or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.