Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 2010-11 Engagements

Renée Fleming at the 2009 premiere of the Metr...Image via Wikipedia

While the European ones are entirely another matter, I do not usually follow the recitals and concerts of orchestras throughout the United States. In the case of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, however, I have made a notable exception, for I understand that Renee Fleming is scheduled to perform with them on Saturday, October 2, 2010. Usually, I look into all of my favorite singers' European schedules to see where they are performing with orchestras for the chance to see if the recital will be broadcast, but those in the United States are rarely broadcast. The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra has made a contract with KWMU for that public radio station to play most of their Saturday evening concerts on the air, and I am of the opinion that such is the case regarding Renee Fleming's recital! The gala event begins at seven o'clock P.M., but the airing does not start until an hour later; of course, this could be a delay in the broadcast or something, which I greatly hope it to be, and I hope to record it with Audacity.

When I learned of Renee Fleming's appearance with the orchestra, I elected to learn what other soloists they would present this season, and I was surprised to find the following list of performers that I shall relate. This season promises concerts by Louis Langree conducting Anne Akiko Meyers in Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3, K 216, Joshua Bell playing Tchaikovsky, pianist Orli Shaham performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, Andre Watts lends his talents to the Piano Concerto by Edvard Grieg, Emanuel Ax offers Brahams' Piano Concerto, No. 1, Semyon Bychkov conducts an evening highlighting Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and he returns to conduct Mahler's Sixth Symphony, Chris Botti has an engagement to fulfill with them, Christine Brewer is the soprano soloist in Mahler's Second Symphony, Yefim Bronfman plays some of Tchaikovsky's piano melodies, and Cyndia Sieden and Richard Troxell lend their voices to Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. That appears to be a most exceptional season for claasical music, and this is not even the New York Philharmonic or the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the best part remains that most of these performances shall be broadcast on Missouri's public radio station KWMU. That is a most exciting piece of news for those of us who like to preserve recordings of recitals and performances for our listening pleasure.
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