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St. Louis Symphony Encore - more Rachmaninoff, Ravel and 'Scythian Suite'

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(Alise O'Brien)
Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.

David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony in concerts April 14 and 15 in Powell Hall in a program including Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major featuring pianist Leon Fleisher, and Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite,” Op. 20.

Following a rehearsal On April 12, the St. Louis Symphony’s Eddie Silva spoke with Leon Fleisher about his association with the orchestra, the history of the Ravel concerto, his career after losing the use of two fingers on his right hand, and repertoire for left hand piano:


During the intermission of St. Louis Public Radio’s live broadcast on April 14, Robert Peterson spoke with music director David Robertson about Leon Fleisher, Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite” and this weekend's upcoming concerts featuring Principal Cellist Daniel Lee in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto:


Peterson also spoke with Amy Freet, who is a teacher at Airport Elementary School in the Ferguson Florissant District about receiving the St. Louis Symphony’s Educator of the Year Award and her experiences in the past year since her school was chosen for the symphony’s “Adopt-A-School” program:


Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.