Stéphane Denève, conductor
David Halen, violin
Members of the St Louis Symphony Chorus
Amy Kaiser, director
MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik, K. 525
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Lark Ascending
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Serenade to Music
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2
Representing a melodic genius, Brahms’ Second Symphony is full of vitality when performed by the SLSO under the baton of Music Director Designate Stéphane Denève. The SLSO performs a familiar favorite with Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, a work full of sublime beauty.
Concertmaster David Halen performs Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, showcasing the dark and rich sounds of a violin while telling the story of the skylark in George Meredith’s poem of the same title.
Brahms Second Symphony was written with amazingly careful detail and represents a melodic genius in the composer’s glory years.
Whether you are new to classical music or are a seasoned enthusiast, Eine kleine Nachtmusik is a familiar favorite that is full of energy, lyrical contrast and sheer beauty.
“Serenade to Music is equally poignant, inspired by the words of Shakespeare. Both are unequivocally some of the most beautiful works ever written. The violin writing is uniquely ethereal, definitely touched by angels’ wings. ” – David Halen
“Brahms 2 was the first piece I ever played in an orchestra. It only took the first four notes of the opening passage, and I was hooked for life! You don’t have to know anything at all about music to fall in love with Brahms 2.” – Cally Banham