Our real estate agents missed a lot of things in 2020, but few losses were felt more deeply than missing live music from the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We were overjoyed to learn that the orchestra was returning for the 2021-22 season.
If you're new to St. Louis—or have simply never had an opportunity to watch the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra perform in person—it's an experience you simply must-have. The winter months are the perfect time to see a concert, so let's take a moment to get to know the SLSO.
History of the St. Louis Symphony
The St. Louis Symphony traces its roots back to the founding of the St. Louis Choral Society in 1880. The St. Louis Choral Society merged with the St. Louis Musical Union 10 years later, forming what would eventually become the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
With a history that can now be traced back more than 140 years, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in America. In that time, the SLSO has made more than 100 recordings resulting in 60 Grammy Award nominations and nine wins. It has earned a reputation as one of America's finest orchestras.
Meet Your Musical Director
The SLSO has a long and storied history of accomplished musical directors, beginning with Joseph Otten, who served in that role from 1880 to 1894. The latest, Stéphane Denève, who now guides the orchestra into its 142nd season, is no exception.
Stéphane Denève served as a guest conductor with the SLSO eight times before joining as a full-time musical director. Born in France, Denève also serves as musical director of the Brussels Philharmonic and shares his time between the two cities.
Spectacular Powell Hall
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra first performed at Mercantile Library Hall, and later moved around to various venues throughout the city, including the St. Louis Grand Exposition Hall. It found its permanent residence in Powell Hall beginning in 1967.
Located just minutes away from these St. Louis homes for sale, Powell Hall is a resplendent theater with stunning architecture and state-of-the-art sound. The 2,689-seat hall was originally constructed in 1925 and served as a theater for Vaudeville shows and silent movies in its early years.
There's a lot to look forward to from the SLSO this year! In addition to resuming its regular schedule this season, the orchestra will also be picking up its Movie Magic series, in which the musicians perform a classic film score while the original movie is projected as a backdrop.
Check out the full calendar of upcoming events on the SLSO website, and get your tickets now to these exciting performances this winter:
St. Louis has always been one of America's great hubs for art and culture, and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is just the tip of the iceberg. Contact us today to learn more about life in St. Louis, and talk to our real estate agents about finding your dream home in St. Louis today.