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The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Tours Home and Abroad
The Philadelphia Orchestra Asia Anniversary Tour
The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and Alondra de la Parra Mexico Tour and Latin Grammys
London Symphony Orchestra and Valery Gergiev Invite the Choral Arts Society of Washington for Mahler's 8th Symphony
The Cascade Youth Orchestra Cruises on Home from Scandinavia
The Pacific BoyChoir Takes On a 17 Day-8 Concert Tour to Argentina
Minnesota Orchestra Wows New York
4 Triumphant Tours to Italy
Italy Applauds the Children's Chorus of Washington
Melodia! South American Music Festival an Absolute Success!
2008 Rhapsody! International Music Festival a Hit!
Summer 2009 is the Inaugural Ihlombe! South African Choral Festival
The Young People's Chorus of NYC and the University Glee Club of NYC Engage Canada
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Genius" Violinist Captivate Chicago
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Astounds Asia
Russia Rejoices the Hong Kong Children's Choir
South Africa Celebrates Florida's Singing Sons BoyChoir
Northwestern College Returns from Australia
Home, Health and Heart: Yale Dominican Republic Service Tour
The University of Manitoba Singers Return from a Successful Tour to Argentina
Baltimore Symphony Orchestra SELLS OUT Carnegie Hall & the Kennedy Center with Leonard Bernstein's "Mass"
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and "Genius" Violinist Captivate Chicago
Robertson Changes the Norm for Orchestral Concerts

In November, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, led by David Robertson, went on tour to Chicago. There they performed an interesting program at the acclaimed Harris Theater.

Robertson is known for wanting to change the norm of orchestral performances. For this performance, he assembled a program of all contemporary composers who have written their pieces "outside the realm of the normal". The Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra opened with A Prayer Out of Stillness, a piece for electric bass, electric bass guitar and string orchestra, written by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's jazz influenced Composer in Residence, Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Following the Turnage, was Steven Mackey's Beautiful Passing with Leila Josefowicz on violin. This haunting piece was written for Mackey's dying mother. Josefowicz earned her right to perform this piece when she received the Chicago-based MacArthur Foundation "Genius" grant, given for given for unusual creativity in a wide range of fields. The MacArthur grant recognized the 30-year-old violinist's fierce devotion to contemporary music.

Trailing intermission, the orchestra dove into the first movement of Glenn Branca's Symphony No. 14 "The Harmonic Series", followed by Zappa's G-Spot Tornado and Varèse's Arcana. Glenn Branca's guitar rocker Symphony No. 14 was commissioned by Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony.


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