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St. Louis Symphony Program, April 14 and 15, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Program, April 14 and 15, 2012

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Concert Programfor April 14 and 15, 2012
David Robertson, conductorLeon Fleisher, pianoRACHMANINOFF
 Symphonic Dances
, op. 45
(1940)
 
(1873-1943)
 
Non allegroAndante con moto (Tempo di valse)Lento assai; Allegro vivace
IntermissionRAVEL Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D major
(1929-30)
 
(1875-1937)
 
Leon Fleisher, piano
PROKOFIEV
 Scythian Suite,
op. 20
 
(1914-15)
 
(1891-1953)
 
The Adoration of Veless and AlaThe Enemy God and the Dance of the Spirits of DarknessNight That Glorious Departure of Lolly and the Sun’s Procession
David Robertson is the Beofor Music Director and Conductor.Leon Fleisher is brought to you through the generosity of the Whitaker Foundation as part ofthe Whitaker Guest Artist Series.The concert of Saturday, April 14, is underwritten in part by a generous gift fromDr. Philip and Mrs. Sima Needleman.Pre-Concert Conversations are presented by Washington University Physicians.These concerts are part of the Wells Fargo Advisors Series.Large print program notes are available through the generosity of Mosby Building Arts andare located at the Customer Service table in the foyer.
 
David Robertson
Beofor Music Director and Conductor A consummate musician, masterful programmer, anddynamic presence, David Robertson has establishedhimself as one of today’s most sought-after American conductors. A passionate and compellingcommunicator with an extensive knowledge of orchestral and operatic repertoire, he has forgedclose relationships with major orchestras around theworld through his exhilarating music-making andstimulating ideas. In fall 2011, Robertson began his seventh season asMusic Director of the 132-year-old St. Louis Symphony, while continuingas Principal Guest Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, a post hehas held since 2005.Robertson’s guest engagements in the U.S. include performanceswith the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, SeattleSymphony, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, Ensemble ACJW, and the New York Philharmonic, where Robertson is a regular guest conductor. In May2012, Robertson returns to the Metropolitan Opera to conduct Britten’s
Billy Budd
with Nathan Gunn and James Morris in the leading roles.Internationally, guest engagements include the Royal ConcertgebouwOrchestra, where Robertson appears regularly, the Symphonieorchesterdes Bayerischen Rundfunks, as part of 
Music Viva
, and several concerts withthe BBC Symphony. In addition to his fresh interpretations of traditionalrepertoire, this season Robertson conducts world premieres of GrahamFitkin’s Cello Concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and cellist Yo- Yo Ma; John Cage’s
Eighty
with the Symphonieorchester des BayerischenRundfunks;
Providence
, a newly commissioned work by Dutch composerKlaas de Vries, with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; and new worksby Yann Robin and Michael Jarrell with the New York Philharmonic. A champion of young musicians, Robertson has devoted time toworking with students and young artists throughout his career. OnFebruary 5, 2012, he conducted the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and a chorus of New York City students in the Carmina Burana Choral Project at CarnegieHall’s Stern Auditorium. The program included Orff’s cantata, as well asnew works written by three high school-aged composers based on musicalthemes of 
Carmina burana.
In March, Robertson led the St. Louis Symphony in a triumphant returnto Carnegie Hall.
New York Times
critic Allan Kozinn wrote of the concert 
nale, Stravinsky’s
The Firebird
: “[Robertson’s] tempos were relaxed and
often surprisingly (in a good way) uid, an approach that made the tactilebrashness of the ‘Infernal Dance’ and the grandeur of the nale stand out 
all the more vividly…” and “the ensemble produced a beautifully polished,enveloping sound that captured the work’s mythological magic.”
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Leon Fleisher
  Whitaker Guest Artist Legendary pianist Leon Fleisher represents the highest standard of musicianship and, at 84 years young,
he continues to impart his life-afrming artistry
throughout the world, thriving in a sustained career asconductor and soloist, recitalist, chamber music artist,and master class mentor.Fleisher made his debut with the New York 
Philharmonic in 1944 and in 1952 became the rst 
 American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition,establishing himself as one of the world’s premier classical pianists. At the height of his success, he was suddenly struck silent at age 36 with
a neurological afiction later identied as focal dystonia, rendering twongers on his right hand immobile. Rather than end his career, Fleisher
began focusing on repertoire for the left hand only, conducting and
teaching. Not until some fty years later was he able to return to playingwith both hands after experimental treatments using a regimen of rolng
and “botulinum toxin” injections.In the upcoming season, Fleisher’s engagements include performancesand master classes in Switzerland, Germany, Brazil, France, Taiwan, and Japan, and in halls across the United States. In 2011-12, he has appearedas conductor and soloist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, TorontoSymphony and Radio Philharmonique in Paris, as soloist with the LondonPhilharmonic and Baltimore Symphony, and in recitals and chambermusic in New York, Washington, D.C., and Brussels, among other cities. A recipient of numerous honors and awards, he received theprestigious Kennedy Center Honors in 2007 and is the subject of the 2006
Oscar and Emmy-nominated documentary lm
Two Hands
. His recent memoir,
My Nine Lives: A Memoir of Many Careers in Music
, co-written with
Washington Post
music critic Anne Midgette, is published by Doubleday.Most recently, Baltimore philanthropists Robert E. Meyerhoff and RhedaBecker established the Leon Fleisher Scholars Fund for piano students at the Peabody Conservatory, an endowment of over $1,000,000.Leon Fleisher most recently performed with the St. Louis Symphonyin March 2006.

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