October 2, 2017
Orli Shaham plays Rachmaninoff with St. Louis Symphony
Orli Shaham, pianist
Orli Shaham, pianist
Christian Steiner

Pianist Orli Shaham performs Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra on October 21 & 22, 2017

Only appearance in David Robertson's final season as Music Director of the SLSO

"A fabulous pianissimo ... Ms. Shaham showed a firm, elastic touch" - The New York Times

The "brilliant pianist Orli Shaham" (The New York Times) is no stranger to St. Louis audiences, eagerly received at Powell Hall year after year. However, when she takes the stage on October 20 and 21, 2017, it will be an extra-special occasion: it will be her only appearance in her husband, David Robertson's final season as Music Director of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. The concerts feature one of Rachmaninoff's most admired works, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Also on the program are Steve Mackey's Mnemosyne's Pool and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy. The performances are on Saturday, October 21, 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm at Powell Hall. Tickets are available via SLSO.org.

"Not only is the Rachmaninoff "Paganini Variations" a virtuosic concerto but it's also a giant work of chamber music. In the years I've known the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra I've come to love all the members of the orchestra and have had the great privilege of making chamber music with many of them. It will be incredibly rewarding being on the stage with the full orchestra making chamber music together." says Ms. Shaham. "David [Robertson] and I met backstage at Powell Hall nearly 19 years ago. From the very beginning our musical collaboration was like having an extension of my own thoughts. I always looking forward to playing this highly collaborative work with my great musical collaborator, and life partner," she adds.

A consummate musician recognized for her grace, subtlety and vitality, Orli Shaham has established an impressive international reputation as one of today's most gifted pianists. Hailed by critics on four continents, Ms. Shaham is in demand for her prodigious skills and admired for her interpretations of both standard and modern repertoire. The New York Times called her a "brilliant pianist," The Chicago Tribune recently referred to her as "a first-rate Mozartean" in a performance with the Chicago Symphony and London's Guardian said Ms. Shaham's playing at the Proms was "perfection."

Calendar Listing

Orli Shaham, piano
David Robertson, conductor

St. Louis Symphony
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103

Saturday October 21, 8:00 pm
Sunday October 22, 3:00 pm

Tickets from $25 to $87 available at SLSO.org

Steven Mackey - Mnemosyne's Pool
Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy
Rachmaninoff - Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

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