Copland, Rachmaninoff, Hanson


The time is nigh for a Howard Hanson revival.

This weekend (April 14 and 15), Music Director David Robertson leads the SLSO in works by Aaron Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Serge Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, and Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic” (the source of the most memorable tune from the Alien soundtrack). The soloist for the Rachmaninoff piano concerto is Simon Trpceski.

My program notes can be read here:

If you can’t make it to Powell Hall in person, tune in Saturday night at 8 PM CST to St. Louis Public Radio. That’s FM 90.7 for those of you in the broadcast range, or you can click on the livestream here:


Leonard Slatkin Returns!


Here I am in front of an old German poster at the wonderful City Museum, in St. Louis.

This weekend (November 11 through November 13), Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returns to the St. Louis Symphony for a program featuring Barber, Copland, Gershwin, and a recent, deeply personal original composition about his late parents. My program notes begin on p. 33 this time (I didn’t write the Youth Orchestra notes that precede them).

Adam Schoenberg, Copland, Mahler, Respighi


The last St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra concert of the season takes place on Sunday, June 1, at 3:00 p.m. On the program: Adam Schoenberg’s “Up”; selections from Copland’s orchestral suite Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo; Mahler’s “Adagietto” (from his Symphony Number 5), and Respighi’s Pini di Roma (Pines of Rome). My program notes are here:

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Tickets are free (with a $1 service charge). You can order them online at or buy them at the Powell Hall box office.