Music Director Stéphane Denève and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra will take audiences on a tour-de-force journey through some of Hollywood’s most thrilling movies in the first concerts of the 2019/2020 season: The Music of John Williams. Concerts are 7:00pm Friday and Saturday, September 13-14, and 2:30pm Sunday, September 15.

A bedrock of film music, John Williams redefined the American music landscape with his work on some of Hollywood’s biggest films, including Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T. – The Extraterrestrial, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and Harry Potter. The SLSO plays Williams’ most memorable themes, along with music from lesser-known films including Memoirs of a Geisha and The Book Thief. SLSO Principal Cello Daniel Lee and Assistant Concertmaster Erin Schreiber take center stage on the program, performing selections from Memoirs of a Geisha and Schindler’s List, respectively.

A collaborator and personal friend of Denève’s, the SLSO will perform unpublished works from Memoirs of a Geisha and Dracula, borrowed from Williams’ personal library specifically for these concerts. Denève and Williams will provide their insights to the music through video clips played during the concert.

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Denève returns the following week, September 21-22, to lead the SLSO’s opening weekend of classical concerts, a signature program celebrating musical friendships that blends American and French repertoire, established favorites and works by composers of today, and two works for piano with the SLSO’s first titled artist since the 1990s – the Jean-Paul and Isabelle Montupet Artist-in-Residence Jean-Yves Thibaudet. The concert culminates with a performance of Gershwin’s beloved piece, An American in Paris.


Friday, September 13, 2019, 7:00pm

Saturday, September 14, 2019, 7:00pm

Sunday, September 15, 2019, 2:30pm

Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Via Press Release