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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Stéphane Denève, music director and conductor
Gil Shaham, violin

Celebrated as one of today’s most exciting and enduring orchestras, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country, marking its 140th year with the 2019-2020 season. Widely considered one of the world’s finest, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra maintains its commitment to artistic excellence, educational impact, and community connections—all in service to its mission of enriching lives through the power of music. Acclaimed conductor Stéphane Denève, who has been a frequent guest conductor with the orchestra since 2003, begins his tenure as SLSO music director with this season. The program includes a new work commissioned by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra that will premiere in St. Louis just two days before its performance at Krannert Center; Brahms’ final symphony; and Bartók’s Violin Concerto No. 2, featuring Champaign-Urbana-born master violinist Gil Shaham. Written in the late 1930s, the concerto was given its American premiere in 1943 by Tossy Spivakovsky—who in 1969 was the violin soloist in Krannert Center’s opening festivities.

Aaron Jay Kernis: Venit Illuminatio (Toward the Illumination of Colored Light)
Bartók: Violin Concerto No. 2
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 98

This performance will last approximately two hours, including a 20-minute intermission.


Before the performance, enjoy a special dinner buffet service at Intermezzo cafe. Select from slow-roasted, hand-carved prime rib or roast pork tenderloin with creamy dijon sauce for $21.95. You’ll receive red-skinned mashed potatoes, fresh steamed vegetables, and rolls with your entree as well as a beverage of your choice. Service begins at 5:30pm and continues until 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Intermezzo cafe.

Pop-up Library: November 17

Come explore the Music and Performing Arts Library’s extensive collections in the lobby of Krannert Center! The Pop-up Library will offer items from its collection related to performances on November 17, 2019, for you to browse and borrow.

Please bring your University i-Card or Courtesy Card to check out materials. Applications for University Courtesy Cards will also be available.
The Pop-up Library will be open from approximately 5:00pm to 8:00pm.

Music and Performing Arts Library

The Music and Performing Arts Library is one of the largest public performing arts libraries in the world. It is home to books, scores, recordings, and play scripts related to music, theatre, and dance.

Event Details

Foellinger Great Hall
Su Nov 17, 2019 - 7:00pm
Pick Five+: 53 / SC 48 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Single: 55 / SC 50 / STU 15 / UI & YTH 10 Choral Balcony: 15 / UI & YTH 10 Great Hall Series (5 events): 237 / SC 212 / STU 75 / UI & YTH 50