Leslie Odom, Jr., John Williams, DreamWorks and More Among SLSO's Holiday Lineup

Leslie Odom, Jr., John Williams, DreamWorks and More Among SLSO's Holiday Lineup

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the holiday season with a full calendar of musical entertainment at Powell Hall.

SLSO holiday concerts and special events include Vivaldi's Gloria, An Evening with Leslie Odom Jr., The Four Seasons, Gospel Christmas: A Soulful Celebration with Dianne Reeves, Mercy Holiday Celebration, Music of John Williams, Dreamworks Animation in Concert and BMO Private Bank New Year's Eve Celebration.

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VIVALDI GLORIA

Friday, December 1, 8:00pm

Saturday, December 2, 8:00pm

Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano
Leann Schuering, soprano
Jay Carter, countertenor
Thomas Jöstlein, horn
Christopher Dwyer, horn
Erin Schreiber, violin
Melody Lee, violin
Bjorn Ranheim, cello
St. Louis Symphony Chorus

Amy Kaiser, director

VIVALDI Concerto for Strings in C major
VIVALDI Selected Arias
VIVALDI Concerto in F major for Horns and Strings
VIVALDI Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins, Cello and Strings
VIVALDI Gloria

From the bright opening of "Gloria in excelsis Deo" to the meditative melodies throughout, Vivaldi's uplifting and inspiring choral work will bring the joy and splendor of the holiday season to your heart.

The St. Louis Symphony Chorus is underwritten, in part, by the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation

AN EVENING WITH LESLIE ODOM, JR.

Sunday, December 3, 7:00pm

Lee Musiker, conductor

Multifaceted performer Leslie Odom, Jr., best known for originating the Tony Award-winning role of Aaron Burr in the original cast of Broadway's Hamilton and his role in the TV series Smash, joins the SLSO for an extraordinary event. Performing hits from his debut solo album that quickly rose to number one on the Billboard and iTunes Jazz charts and more, this one-night-only concert is the perfect way to begin your holiday season.

Media support provided by KEZK

THE FOUR SEASONS

Friday, December 8, 10:30am*

Saturday, December 9, 8:00pm

Sunday, December 10, 3:00pm

Jory Vinikour, conductor and harpsichord
Avi Avital, mandolin
Jelena Dirks, oboe

VIVALDI L'Olympiade Overture
TORELLI Concerto grosso in G major, op. 8, no. 5
MARCELLO Oboe Concerto in D minor
CORELLI Concerto grosso in D major, op. 6, no. 4
VIVALDI The Four Seasons

In an awe-inspiring and intriguing twist on a beloved classic, Avi Avital joins the SLSO performing Vivaldi's ever-popular The Four Seasons as you've never heard it before. Substituting the mandolin for the violin, Avital makes "The Four Seasons virtually fly off the page in high-energy, joyous readings" (The New York Times). Jory Vinikour conducts this captivating performance that puts both the soloist and ensemble on virtuosic display.

Presented by The Thomas A. Kooyumjian Family Foundation

*Refreshments provided by Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and Community Coffee
*Shuttle service available from West County. www.slso.org/shuttle

GOSPEL CHRISTMAS: A SOULFUL CELEBRATION WITH Dianne Reeves

Thursday, December 14, 7:30pm

Kevin McBeth, conductor
Dianne Reeves, vocalist
St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus

Grammy Award-winner and renowned jazz vocalist, Dianne Reeves, joins the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and IN UNISON Chorus led by Kevin McBeth to ring in the holiday season with music from her album, Christmas Time Is Here, performing unforgettable jazz renditions of favorite holiday classics and more.

Supported by Monsanto Fund
Media support provided by St. Louis American

MERCY HOLIDAY CELEBRATION

Friday, December 15, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Saturday, December 16, 2:00pm & 7:30pm

Sunday, December 17, 2:00pm

Gemma New, conductor
Holiday Festival Chorus
Kevin McBeth, director

Doug LaBrecque, vocalist

Glad tidings we bring this holiday season at the fantastically decorated Powell Hall! Join the SLSO and Holiday Festival Chorus for a concert full of timeless holiday classics and, of course, a special visit with jolly ol' St. Nick!

Presented by Mercy
Media support provided by KEZK and St. Louis Post-Dispatch

MUSIC OF John Williams

Thursday, December 21, 7:00pm

Friday, December 22, 7:00pm

Saturday, December 23, 2:30pm

David Robertson, conductor

Celebrate this holiday season with the beloved music of John Williams. With a career spanning over six decades, he has composed some of the most popular and recognizable film scores in cinematic history. It promises to be an unforgettable concert experience featuring music from ET, Schindler's List, The Cowboys, Superman and Star Wars. Characters from Star Wars will be available for photos with patrons who arrive early for the concerts.

Media support provided by Riverfront Times

Dreamworks Animation IN CONCERT

Friday, December 29, 7:00pm

Saturday December 30, 7:00pm

Nicholas Buc, conductor

Relive the moments from Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and more as they are projected on the big screen while the SLSO plays the magical music live. An experience for the entire family, join the SLSO to celebrate more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores.

Sponsored by Macy's

BMO PRIVATE BANK NEW YEAR'S EVE CELEBRATION*

Sunday, December 31, 7:30pm

David Robertson, conductor

Ring in the New Year with Music Director David Robertson and the SLSO for the annual New Year Eve's Celebration. Enjoy an enchanting evening full of magical music and unforgettable surprises. As one of our most popular and highly anticipated performances of the season, this celebration is the perfect way to end the year. This will be Robertson's final New Year's Eve Celebration performance as music director.

The concert will be broadcast live on St. Louis Public Radio 90.7 KWMU.

Presented by BMO Private Bank
Media support provided by KMOX and St. Louis Magazine

Tickets for all holiday and special event concerts can be purchased at www.slso.org or by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.


Founded in 1880 and now in its 138th season, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world's finest. Under the leadership of Music Director David Robertson, currently in his 13th season, the SLSO strives for artistic excellence, educational impact and community connection while meeting its mission statement: enriching people's lives through the power of music. The SLSO presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts and hundreds of free education and community programs each year. Media partners include St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 -KWMU, which broadcasts the SLSO's Saturday night subscription concerts live and the Nine Network, which regularly features SLSO performances on its Night at the Symphony program. In addition, the SLSO is known for its Grammy Award-winning recordings, Carnegie Hall appearances, national and international tours, innovative programming, and extensive community engagement initiatives. Go to www.slso.org for more information.

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