Denève Conducts La Valse

Friday, February 2, 2018 10:30AM
Powell Hall

Denève Conducts La Valse
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Stéphane Denève, conductor
Christina and Michelle Naughton, pianos

RAVEL Mother Goose Suite
POULENC Concerto for 2 Pianos and Orchestra
CONNESSON Flammenschrift
RAVEL Valses nobles et sentimentales
RAVEL La Valse

Stéphane Denève makes his much-anticipated first appearance since being named Music Director Designate in a program devoted to his native France. “Paired to perfection,” (The Philadelphia Inquirer) sisters Christina and Michelle Naughton join Denève making their St. Louis Symphony Orchestra debut with Poulenc’s Double Piano Concerto, a work teeming with jazzy effects and graceful melodies. Denève brings this concert to a stunning conclusion with Ravel’s La Valse, a transformation of the traditional Viennese waltz into a bawdy and imaginative celebration for orchestra.