• The American Orchestra: St. Louis Symphony

  • Each season, Carnegie Hall plays host to some of America's greatest orchestras. Hailing from points coast to coast—Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and San Francisco—these orchestras are among the finest in the world.

    In this new multiyear series, Carnegie Hall sets out to highlight these organizations—some of them older than the Hall itself—and, by using video, audio, and written material, help further dissolve the barriers between these ensembles and their audiences. The series provides a platform for artists to speak directly to the audience about the experience of being part of the orchestra in its own community, on the road, and at Carnegie Hall.

    This season, you will hear from Maestro David Robertson and the musicians and administrators of the St. Louis Symphony. Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony—which performs at the Hall on March 10—is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world's finest.

    In September 2005, Robertson became its 12th music director and the second American-born conductor in the ensemble's history. The St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the St. Louis Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. Looking to the future, the St. Louis Symphony adopted a 10-year strategic vision in 2009 that includes a focus on artistic and institutional excellence and doubling its existing audience.
  • Robertson on Saariaho

    WATCH:  David Robertson on what attracted him to Kaija Saariaho's work, and, in particular, Quatre Instants .

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    The Concertmaster
    WATCH: David Halen—concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony—speaks about about the orchestra's preparations for its March 10 concert .
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  • Oboe Memories
    WATCH: Cally Banham—oboe and English horn player—recounts her most treasured memories of performing at the Hall.
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    The 'Locals'
    MEET: St. Louis Symphony fans Jerry and Shirley Emanuel chat about their unexpected discovery of St. Louis and its symphony orchestra.
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  • Rehearsal and Food
    READ: Check in on the orchestra's first rehearsal for its March 10 concert at Carnegie Hall. 
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    From A to CH
    READ: St. Louis Symphony Director of Operations Maggie Bailey pulls back the curtain on the magic that keeps the orchestra rolling.
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