“Ticket revenue and total operating revenue grew in fiscal 2018 at the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, which celebrated its 50th year at Powell Hall,” writes Vince Brennan in Tuesday’s (10/23) St. Louis Business Journal. “Ticket revenue was up 5.5 percent over the previous year and total operating revenue increased to $30.9 million from $30.29 million the previous year. In addition, the organization’s expenses totaled $30.4 million resulting in an operating surplus of $490,000 … The … 2017-18 season signaled the end of David Robertson’s tenure as musical director. Following the 2018-19 season as music director designate, Stéphane Denève [becomes] music director of the SLSO [in] 2019-20…. More than 255,000 people attended SLSO concerts at Powell Hall. Also, more than 8,000 attended [tour] performances in California and Nebraska this year. SLSO sold out 20 of the more than 300 total concerts during the season.” President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard said, “It was an extraordinary year for the SLSO…. The entire SLSO family is grateful for David Robertson’s many accomplishments and contributions over his 13 years as music director…. The momentum from last year has carried into the start of this season as we prepare to welcome our next music director, Stéphane Denève.”

Posted October 24, 2018

In photo: The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in performance, led by David Robertson