“The St. Louis Symphony will focus on the intersection of literature and classical music for its 2015-2016 season,” writes Willis Ryder Arnold on Tuesday (2/3) at St. Louis Public Radio’s website. “ ‘What’s fun is when you make a concert program and you put several of these things together for the audience members in the concert, they actually hear a story that’s unique to them,’ St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson said.… ‘Music Tells the Story’ … incorporates music based on canonical works of literature from Shakespeare to children’s stories…. The program developed in part through the symphony’s collaboration with Shakespeare Festival St. Louis…. The season will start Sept. 18-20 with an homage to Eastern European literary folk heroes featuring a performance of Czech composer Leos Janacek’s ‘Taras Bulba’ and Hungarian composer Zoltan Kodaly’s ‘Hary Janos.’ ” The season also will feature “collaborations between the symphony and multiple organizations and individuals including the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and visual artist Deborah O’Grady.” Guest artists include violinist Joshua Bell, soprano Christine Brewer, and saxophonist Timothy McAllister, “who will perform John Adams’ Saxophone Concerto, which appears on the same recording as Adams’ and the St. Louis Symphony’s ‘City Noir.’ ”

Posted February 5, 2015