Guitar Festival starts Nov. 11

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(ST. LOUIS) – David Robertson and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) host a six-day, three-venue celebration of one of the most popular instruments in the world: the guitar. The Guitar Festival features extraordinary guest artists and some of the finest local talent to be found. Events are designed to explore the guitar’s contributions to both classical and popular musical forms and the ways in which it has helped blur lines between the two.

The festival kicks off with two chamber music concerts at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts on Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12, both at 7.30pm.  SLSO musicians Jooyeon Kong and Asako Kuboki (violins), violist Jonathan Vinocour, and cellist Bjorn Ranheim join guitarists Steven Mackey and Jason Vieaux for a program of works that Mackey wrote or arranged.


Thursday, November 13 features a one-night only concert on at the Pageant in the University City Loop. The Pageant is an intimate venue, typically presenting a variety of rock-oriented bands and other pop acts, and this is the first event of this sort that they have presented. The SLSO performs, with David Robertson conducting, the first half of the program: the world premiere of the first movement of Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 14; Frank Zappa’s G-Spot Tornado; and Varèse’s visceral masterpiece Arcana. The second half of the program is devoted to a one-hour work for 80 electric guitars and 20 electric bass guitars, Glenn Branca’s Symphony No. 13, “Hallucination City.” Local guitarists, as well as Steve Mackey, Jason Vieaux, and even David Robertson, will participate.


SLSO subscription concerts with Robertson at Powell Hall close the Festival on Friday & Saturday, November 14 & 15. John Patitucci is the bass soloist on Mark-Anthony Turnage’s A Prayer Out of Stillness, and world-renowned violinist Leila Josefowicz performs Steven Mackey’s Beautiful Passing, both of which are US premieres. Stravinsky’s landmark orchestral work, Rite of Spring, closes the program.


Further Festival details can be found at

The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) has been a source of pride for the St. Louis region since its founding in 1880.  The SLSO has earned a reputation as a first-tier orchestra through generations of excellent performances, its mastery of a wide-ranging repertoire, and a tradition of partnering with leading musical artists from around the world. Led by innovative American-born conductor David Robertson, the Orchestra continues to strive for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection. In addition to its regular concert performances at Powell Symphony Hall, the SLSO is an integral part of the St. Louis community, presenting more than 250 free education and community partnership programs each year.  




November 11 -1 6, 2008


Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 7:30pm
Wednesday, November 12, 2008 at 7:30pm
The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, 3716 Washington Blvd


Steve Mackey, guitar

Jason Vieaux, guitar

Members of the SLSO


PAT METHENY/arr. Vieaux    Five Songs in the Form of a Baroque Suite

STEVEN MACKEY                 Physical Property (1992)

HENDRIX/arr. Mackey                        work TBA

Tickets: All seats $20. General admission.



Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 8pm
The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Blvd.


David Robertson, conductor
John Myers, conductor**

GLENN BRANCA       Symphony No. 14, “The Harmonic Series” (World Premiere)
                                    2,000,000,000 Light Years From Home, Part I
ZAPPA                        G-Spot Tornado
VARÈSE                      Arcana
GLENN BRANCA       Symphony No. 13, “Hallucination City”** for 100 electric guitars


Tickets: $20 general admission. $30 reserved. Visit or call 314-421-4400 for more information and to purchase tickets.



Friday, November 14, 2008 at 8pm
Saturday, November 15, 2008 at 8pm
Powell Hall


David Robertson, conductor
Leila Josefowicz, violin
John Patitucci, electric bass and electric bass guitar

MARK-ANTHONY TURNAGE          Prayer Out of Stillness (US Premiere)
STEVEN MACKEY                             Beautiful Passing (US Premiere)
STRAVINSKY                                    The Rite of Spring


Tickets ($16 – $105) are available online at, by calling 314-534-1700 or visiting the Saint Louis Symphony Box Office at Powell Symphony Hall. Please note: online ticket sales end 3 hours before the start of each concert. Please call (314) 534-1700 for more information.

Festival support provided by Argosy Foundation Contemporary Music Fund and MasterCard.

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