I was asked to assist David Robertson, Musical Director of the St. Louis Symphony on the opening of their 2011-2012 season. A season dedicated to some of the marvelous creations composers have come up with that were written for dance. Their first program was exactly that. Three monumental scores by Igor Stravinsky created in between 1910 and 1923: Petruschka, Les Noces and Rites of Spring
Being part of Maestro Robinson’s pre performance talk was exhilarating and I believe we had good chemistry. After opening night he suggested we take the “dog and pony show on the road”. I was willing to do it. The concert was magnificent. The orchestra rose to each piece with incredible sonorities and the difficult rhythms came to life. It was fun watching Maestro Robinson conduct the three works, it was a choreographic masterpiece unto to itself. Those who missed this opening missed something special.