St. Louis Symphony on Maestro’s Swan-Song Tour

The St. Louis Symphony, second oldest in the nation, performs a trio of crowd pleasers at Stanford's Bing Hall on January 19.

The St. Louis Symphony, second oldest in the nation, performs a trio of crowd pleasers at Stanford's Bing Hall on January 19. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Louis Symphony)

For his 12th and final year behind the podium, conductor David Robertson is traveling with the St. Louis Symphony on a nationwide tour — including a stop at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall on Jan. 19.

The program includes Thomas Adès’ Dances, from the high camp opera Powder Her Face. Adès is a British composer who delivered exactly the kind of music you’d expect to hear attached to a libretto about a “Dirty Duchess,” Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual exploits were the stuff of scandal in 1963 during her divorce proceedings.

While the opera itself can be shocking for some, the music is a blast and safe for all audience members. An additional delight: Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto performed by the Grammy-winning Augustin Hadelich.

Based in New York, Hadelich tours regularly to meet demand for his vivacious talent. He is fantastic — take this opportunity to see him. Details here.

 

St. Louis Symphony on Maestro’s Swan-Song Tour 3 January,2018Rachael Myrow

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Rachael Myrow

Rachael Myrow is KQED’s Silicon Valley Arts Reporter, covering arts, culture and technology in San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. She regularly files stories for NPR and the KQED podcast Bay Curious, and guest hosts KQED’s Forum.

Her passion for public radio was born as an undergrad at the University of California at Berkeley, writing movie reviews for KALX-FM. After finishing one degree in English, she got another in journalism, landed a job at Marketplace in Los Angeles, and another at KPCC, before returning to the Bay Area to work at KQED.

She spent more than seven years hosting The California Report, and over the years has won a Peabody and three Edward R. Murrow Awards (one for covering the MTA Strike, her first assignment as a full-time reporter in 2000 as well as numerous other honors including from the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television News Directors Association and the LA Press Club.
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