I recently took a visit to the St. Louis Symphony and while on business, had an opportunity to experience a concert by the SLSO, conducted by Leonard Slatkin. Many people know Slatkin began his tenure at the Detroit Symphony in 2008. Before that he held a 17-year appointment at St. Louis.
The program was:
Cindy McTee-Double Play (2010)
Stravinsky- Symphony of Psalms (1930)
Holst- The Planets, Op. 32 (1914-16)
The orchestra sounded amazing in Powell Hall! The strength of brass in The Planets were perfect. Im a huge fan of Mars. On Neptune, the last movement, Holst stipulates that the women’s choruses are “to be placed in an adjoining room, the door of which is to be left open until the last bar of the piece, when it is to be slowly and silently closed.” The Symphony executed this perfectly. They even ended with a clever touch of fading the lights to complete darkness at the end. It was a perfect “ahh” moment; completely unforgettable.
Anyway, after the concert Maestro Slatkin gave a post-concert talk and Q&A to a private party. I was fortunate enough to attend, shake his hand, and get his autograph. Overall, it turned out to be a great day, and a special experience to have the chance to meet such an internationally acclaimed American conductor.