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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra – Slatkin’s Legacy – A Birthday Celebration

October 25 @ 10:30 am
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The community gathers to celebrate a milestone. Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin brings a lifetime of experience to Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, music of deeply personal emotions. Cindy McTee winds the orchestra like a clock, then lets it spin. Daniel Slatkin reaches into the cosmos for a work that uses music from the spacecraft Voyager’s golden record. And five of Domenico Scarlatti’s sonatas are given new life in Leonard's arrangements.

A few things to know:

  • In TimepieceCindy McTee explores musical time. The piece begins slowly, "before" time. Then a clock-like pulse emerges, takes control, and provides the driving force behind a sustained, highly energized second section.
  • Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony opens with a melody he associated with “fate.” Over almost an hour, the melody is shifted, played with, transformed, and finally overcome in music of exuberance and exhilarating celebration.

At 80, Leonard Slatkin is as busy as he has ever been. His latest book, Eight Symphonic Masterworks of the Twentieth Century: A Study Guide for Conductors and Orchestras, provides an almost bar-by-bar analysis of eight scores, detailing the decisions the conductor must make to bring these works to life. He continues to write and arrange music.

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