Performance Friday, March 20, 2015 | 8 PM

St. Louis Symphony

Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage
A passionate symphony by Tchaikovsky, Debussy’s lushly scored Nocturnes, and the New York premiere of WEAVE, a work by Meredith Monk, holder of the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair, showcases the St. Louis Symphony and Music Director David Robertson’s mastery of a vast range of repertoire. Written during a tempestuous time in Tchaikovsky’s life, his Fourth Symphony reflects that tumult, melodically splendid and vibrantly orchestrated; it’s one of his most popular symphonies.

The contemporary work on this program is part of My Time, My Music.


  • St. Louis Symphony
    David Robertson, Music Director and Conductor
  • Katie Geissinger, Mezzo-Soprano
  • Theo Bleckmann, Baritone
  • Members of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus
    Amy Kaiser, Director


  • DEBUSSY Nocturnes
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4


Pre-concert talk starts at 7:00 PM in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage: Meredith Monk and David Robertson in conversation with Jeremy Geffen, Director of Artistic Planning, Carnegie Hall.

At a Glance


Much of Debussy’s music presents itself as an aural response to visual stimulus. The orchestral triptych Nocturnes paints musical pictures of three imaginary scenes: clouds passing over Paris, a village festival, and a seascape. Debussy is often compared to the French Impressionist painters; with this work, he musically achieves something similar to their ambiguous, yet highly evocative, use of line, color, and texture.

MEREDITH MONK  WEAVE for Two Voices, Chamber Orchestra, and Chorus

The title of this 2010 composition, WEAVE, is allusive in a poetic way, but it also connotes the musical processes at work in the piece. Monk weaves a continuous, rich, and haunting sonic tapestry from several thematic ideas that entwine in counterpoint even as they evolve slowly over the course of the work.

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY  Symphony No. 4 in F Minor, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony is deeply personal, freighted with autobiographical significance. Through his music, the composer confessed to feeling condemned to misery by implacable destiny. The Fourth Symphony, Tchaikovsky told an intimate correspondent, reflects his struggle against what he feared was his cruel fate.


Meredith Monk: Carnegie Hall's 2014-2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair

Meredith Monk is the holder of the 2014–2015 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer's Chair at Carnegie Hall.

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