The St. Louis Symphony marks the beginning to the 2015-2016 season with its free Forest Park concert, taking place Tuesday, September 15 at 7pm on Art Hill.

The annual concert gives the audience a chance to preview some of the Symphony’s offerings for the upcoming season. Selections will include works from Bernstein, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich and John Williams, just to name a few. STL Symphony Music Director David Robertson will be at the podium. Brian Owens, recording artist and the Symphony’s IN UNISON Artist-in-Residence will be the featured vocalist.

Food trucks including Completely Sauced, Fire and Ice Cream Truck, Go Gyro Go, Sarah’s Cake Stop, and Seoul Taco and beverage tents will be on-site. Picnicking is encouraged. The Symphony’s Young Friends group, the Crescendo Circle will host a hospitality area to entertain and sign up new members. The evening will conclude with a dazzling fireworks display immediately following the performance, generously provided by longtime Symphony friend and supporter Mary Ann Lee.

Forest Park Concert: Tuesday, September 15, 7:00 pm

David Robertson, conductor

Brian Owens, vocalist

Art Hill, Forest Park

SMITH The Star-Spangled Banner

BERNSTEIN Candide Overture

MENDELSSOHN Wedding March from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

SHOSTAKOVICH Festive Overture

JOHN WILLIAMS Flying Theme from E.T.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio espagnol

HANDY St. Louis Blues March

WARD America the Beautiful

SOUSA Stars and Stripes Forever


Founded in 1880, the St. Louis Symphony is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and is widely considered one of the world’s finest. In September 2005, internationally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became the 12th Music Director and second American-born conductor in the Orchestra’s history. In its 136th season, the St. Louis Symphony continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Hall, the Symphony is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year. In June 2008, the Symphony launched Building Our Business, which takes a proactive, two-pronged approach: build audiences and re-invigorate the Symphony’s brand making the St. Louis Symphony and Powell Hall the place to be; and build the base for enhanced institutional commitment and donations. This is all part of a larger strategic plan adopted in May 2009 that includes new core ideology and a 10-year strategic vision focusing on artistic and institutional excellence, doubling the existing audience, and revenue growth across all key operating areas.


  • Occurred Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 @ 7:00 pm


Forest Park

St. Louis, MO