The Orchester symphonique de Saint-Louis to begin hosting digital concerts


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At this point in what at the very least feels like an endless pandemic, most people’s opinions on live music have hardened.

Bantering with digital events has proven to be a welcome and indispensable kind of nicotine patch for those whose relationship with live music could rightly be called addictive. For others, it’s a poor substitute for reality, a less than immersive facsimile of a once-privileged pastime.

Two factors, however, can tip music lovers from one position to another: the caliber of the musicians and the quality of the presentation. And that’s why the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s new foray into digital concerts is good news for those on both sides.

In a press release this afternoon, SLSO announced it will be putting full concerts online for the first time in its 141-year history.

The series will include six concerts filmed using the SLSO’s high-definition camera system. The first, released today and available for free, features performances by Strauss Metamorphose, Yoshimatsu And the birds are always …, and that of Dvořák Wind serenade. The following concerts will be available every two weeks and will cost only $ 15 each.

The concert series is just SLSO’s latest offering in the age of the pandemic. Last month, the symphony launched its Soundlab learning initiative, which aims to teach school-aged children the science of music through a series of educational videos featuring artists from OLSH. The new digital concerts serve simply to expand SLSO’s online portfolio of offerings.

“These digital concerts help SLSO enrich lives through the power of music by making performances accessible wherever our audience is,” President and CEO Marie-Hélène Bernard said in a statement. “[Music Director Stéphane Denève] and our exceptional family of musicians and staff – with the strong support of our Board of Directors – championed new opportunities to stay in touch with our community. We are energized by this first step in our growing library of multimedia offerings and look forward to sharing future plans for our expanding digital portfolio in the months to come. ”

Each concert can be viewed on and will remain online for 30 days. The programs of the first six concerts are also available on this link. Each concert was filmed in front of a live audience (with reduced capacity) between October 22 and November 20.

According to the press release, the symphony plans to make more digital gigs available in the future – enough, hopefully, to push music fans back until we can finally enjoy the real thing again.

“We are delighted to share these concerts beyond the walls of Powell Hall. Nothing brings us more joy than connecting with people through music, ”says Denève. “We hope you enjoy watching these performances as much as we enjoyed creating them for you. We look forward to welcoming the public again for live concerts as soon as it can be done safely. “

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