St. Louis Symphony Cancels Concerts Featuring World Premiere

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The St. Louis Symphony has canceled three concerts scheduled for February 25, 26, and 27 because of its ongoing labor crisis.

The concerts were to feature the world premiere of Kevin M. Walczyk's Corps of Discovery, a symphony marking the anniversary of Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific. Strauss's First Horn Concerto, with soloist Jennifer Montone, and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 were also on the program. Roberto Minczuk, associate conductor of the New York Philharmonic and co-artistic director of the Sê£o Paulo State Symphony, was to conduct.

The orchestra also announced that it had canceled four Young People's Concerts scheduled for March 1 and 2.

The SLSO has now canceled 18 subscription concerts since musicians rejected a contract offer and the work stoppage—called a strike by management and a lockout by musicians—began on January 3.

The two sides met last week for the first time since concerts came to a halt, and apparently nearly came to an agreement in a marathon session on February 17. But a last-minute disagreement, blamed by each side on the other, scuttled the deal. No further talks are scheduled.

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