St. Louis Symphony, With Musicians From Orchestras All Over America, Give Free Concert to Thank Community

Classic Arts News   St. Louis Symphony, With Musicians From Orchestras All Over America, Give Free Concert to Thank Community
 
The St. Louis Symphony, along with musicians from 14 other American orchestras, will give a free concert tonight to thank the St. Louis community for its support during the orchestra's recent troubles, the Associated Press reports.

More than 80 musicians from orchestras in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville, and Philadelphia, as well as from the New York Philharmonic and the Florida Philharmonic, will play under Boston Philharmonic conductor Benjamin Zander in a concert at the Manchester United Methodist Church.

The program features Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5, Beethoven's Coriolan Overture, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet.

The concert was originally intended as a fundraiser for the SLSO musicians who initiated a work stoppage January 3, after rejecting a new contract that called for pay cuts.

Now that the musicians have approved a new contract, the concert is free.

Dana Myers, an SLSO violinist, said, "The St. Louis community was there for us during these past eight weeks, and this concert is to show our gratitude and say thank you St. Louis."


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