ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will perform the final of Gustav Mahler’s completed symphonies in a program that brings conductor Peter Oundjian, a noted Mahler interpreter and SLSO collaborator, to St. Louis for the 14th time.
The concerts will take place at 8:00 pm Saturday, March 2, and 3:00 pm Sunday, March 3.
Described as “extraordinary” and the composer’s “greatest achievement” by Mahler interpreters, Symphony No. 9 was named the fourth-best symphony of all time by BBC Music Magazine in 2016 after a poll of the world’s top conductors. Oundjian conducted the symphony on his final program as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in spring 2018. He is nominated for a 2019 Grammy Award in the Best Classical Compendium category for his recordings of works by Vaughan Williams.
The opening work of the concert is arguably Mozart’s most famous piano concerto: his Piano Concerto No. 21. Lars Vogt returns for his sixth engagement with the SLSO to perform the concerto. The piece was used in the 1967 film, Elvira Madigan, and is often referred to as the “Elvira Madigan” concerto. Vogt, an in-demand international pianist, has appeared with the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the New York Philharmonic, and the Philadelphia Orchestra.
Saturday, March 2, 2019, 8:00pm
Sunday, March 3, 2019, 3:00pm
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, Mo
Peter Oundjian, conductor
Lars Vogt, piano
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21, K. 467, “Elvira Madigan“
MAHLER Symphony No. 9
Audiences can attend the free Pre-Concert Conversation at 7:00 pm Saturday and 2:00 pm Sunday in the auditorium. This weekend, the conversations are hosted by SLSO Creative Partner Tim Munro.
Tune in to St. Louis Public Radio on Saturday, March 2, at 8:00 pm for the live broadcast of the performance, along with interviews of Oundjian and Vogt 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 www.slso.org or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.