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Holiday Concerts return to St. Louis Powell Hall this December

George Vandervalk

ST. LOUIS, MO — The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is delighted to offer the community another year of joyous musical experiences to mark the end of one year and the beginning of another, from the annual Gospel Christmas concert to live renditions of much-loved movie scores.

The Gospel Christmas concert is presented by the SLSO and St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, a chorus committed to the preservation and celebration of African and African American music and culture, kicks off the holidays at Powell Hall.

IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth will lead the group in a soulful holiday spirit celebration on December 9 alongside singer Oleta Adams, a chart-topping vocalist who has sung with Tears for Fears and Phil Collins, and who last performed with the SLSO and IN UNISON Chorus in 2018.

The Mercy Holiday Celebration, another beloved SLSO tradition, is jam-packed with holiday classics and includes an appearance by Santa Claus himself. The concerts, conducted by Bob Bernhardt, also feature Canadian jazz vocalist Denzal Sinclaire. Sinclaire's most recent SLSO performance was in a Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole tribute concert in 2019.

Movie lovers and families alike are invited to see the SLSO's performance of film music. The SLSO performs Miles Goodman's score in Disney in Concert: The Muppet Christmas Carol on December 11 and 12. This big-screen adaptation of Charles Dickens' famous novel follows Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation through Christmases past, present, and future, with live music by the SLSO.

The SLSO will then perform Michael Giacchino's Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning score to Disney and Pixar's Up on January 2, 2022. Stephanie Childress, SLSO Assistant Conductor, conducts both musical adventures with the SLSO while the films are shown on the big screen at Powell Hall.

Another treasured tradition, SLSO's annual New Year's Eve Celebration concert, will also be returning. For the first time, Music Director Stéphane Denève rings 2022 with two surprises: a matinée and an evening performance.

Tickets are available online at slso.org or through phone by calling the Box Office at 314-534-1700.

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