SLSO announces soloist and program change, welcoming violinist Ray Chen in SLSO debut

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Internationally-acclaimed violinist Ray Chen will make his debut with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on short notice this weekend, performing Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219 “Turkish” with conductor Karina Canellakis.

The program also includes Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 3, the SLSO premiere of Richard Strauss’ Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten, and Hindemith’s Symphonic Metamorphosis.

Ray Chen (SLSO)
Chen replaces violinist Renaud Capuçon, who is unable to travel to St. Louis this weekend due to illness.

Chen rose to fame when he won First Prize in the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin and 2009 Queen Elisabeth Competitions for young violinists. He has since built a staggering performing profile in Europe, Asia, and North America, appearing this season with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra, and the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra.

Instead of the originally-programmed Schumann’s Violin Concerto, Chen will perform Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish,” known for its majestic opening movement.

Capuҫon, unfortunately, had to withdraw from his performances because of illness. In a statement from his management, Capuҫon “deeply regrets not being able to perform the Schumann Concerto with the SLSO and Maestra Karina Canellakis. He sends everyone his very best wishes for the concerts ahead.”

Friday, January 18, 2019, 10:30 am
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 8:00 pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Karina Canellakis, conductor
Ray Chen, violin

BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3
MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, K.219 “Turkish“
R. STRAUSS Symphonic Fantasy from Die Frau ohne Schatten
HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis

Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 9:30 am Friday and 7:00 pm Saturday in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by pianist Peter Henderson.

Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, December 1, at 8:00 pm for the live broadcast of the performance, along with interviews of Canellakis and Chen during intermission. Listen on air (90.7 FM KWMU) or online.

The 18/19 SLSO Classical Season is presented by World Wide Technology and the Steward Family Foundation and runs through May 12, 2019.

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