St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Returns to River Campus Oct. 30



CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 25, 2013 – The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is returning to Cape Girardeau to perform selections from Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The symphony, conducted by Steven Jarvi, will present selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake” Suite Op. 20a.

There will be a brief intermission, followed by pieces from Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36.”

Bob Cerchio, Assistant Director at the River Campus, is really excited about the program.

“First, ‘Swan Lake’ is one of the most well-known of Tchaikovsky’s works, but in addition to that, his fourth symphony is one of his most beautiful,” said Cerchio. “Since I’m working these events, I don’t often get to be in the audience for an entire performance, but I can promise you, this time around I want to hear these magnificent works performed in their entirety by one of the finest symphonies in the world.”

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1880 and is recognized internationally. It performs a broad repertoire of music. It is the second oldest symphony in the United States. The symphony has received six Grammy Awards and 56 Grammy nominations. It is in its 134th season and is widely considered one of the world’s finest symphonies.

Internally acclaimed conductor David Robertson became its 12th music director, and only the second American-born conductor. In September 2012, the St. Louis symphony went on its first European tour with Robertson. The symphony visited international festivals in London, Berlin and Lucerne, as well as Paris’ Salle Pleyel.

The St. Louis Symphony strives for artistic excellence, fiscal responsibility and community connection while meeting its mission statement: enriching people’s lives through the power of music. The Symphony presents a full season of classical programs and Live at Powell Hall concerts, as well as hundreds of free education and community programs each year.

The symphony will perform Britten’s “Peter Grimes” in Carnegie Hall in New York in November in celebration of the composer’s centenary.

Steven Jarvi

Jarvi is recognized as one of America’s fastest rising conductors, passionate about both the concert hall and the opera house. The Miami Herald and the Wall Street Journal have praised him for his “uncommonly expressive and detailed” performances and his “eloquence and decisiveness” as a conductor.

He has just been appointed as the newest resident conductor of the St. Louis Symphony, music director of Winter Opera Saint Louis and the music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. He assists music director David Robertson.

He is the former associate conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. He spent several years prior as the conducting fellow with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fla. He is the former associate conductor for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center and an apprentice conductor with the Washington National Opera at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

He won the Bruno Walter Memorial Foundation Award in 2009. He led more than 150 performances while with the Kansas City Symphony, and has studied in Vienna.

He grew up in Grand Haven, Mich., and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music theory from the University of Michigan. He has also received a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, and studied with legendary conductor Gustav Meier.


Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651–2265. Tickets may also be purchased online at