As the air turns crisp with the coming of fall, music lovers enjoy a bountiful assortment of classical performances. Whether your musical tastes lean toward symphonic concerts or smaller ensembles, lovers of great classical music will find plenty to satisfy their musical cravings in St. Louis.

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The Arianna String Quartet: “Celebration”
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
1 University Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-4949

Date: September 7

The Arianna String Quartet has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and you have an opportunity to see this talent in action at the Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. On September 7, the quartet performs Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 33 No. 2 “The Joke,” Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 3 in F Major and 
Bunch’s “String Circle” String Quintet, featuring composer and violist Kenji Bunch as a special guest. This St. Louis-based ensemble signed with Centaur Records to record the complete quartets of Beethoven, Bartok, Janacek and the Mozart “Haydn” Quartets. Known for its originality and innovative educational programs as both faculty and artists at the University of Missouri-St. Louis since 2000, ASQ has long been providing an expansive approach to the strings program for St. Louis students.

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St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 534-1700

Well known as one of St. Louis’ prominent institutions, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra enters its 133rd season with a complete line up of delightfully classical arrangements certain to make up a great symphony season. Enjoy this sampling of the full season performances listed below.

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European Tour Kickoff Concert
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103

Date: August 28

Be among the first to enjoy performances from the SLSO’s 2012/2013 season at Powell Hall. The Orchestra plays selections of Brahms’ “Tragic Overture,”
 Sibelius’ Symphony No. 1 in E minor, 
Elliott Carter’s “Holiday Overture,”
 Schoenberg’s Five Piece for Orchestra and Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.” Enjoy this event, which is free to the public, before the orchestra departs for Paris, London, Lucerne and Berlin on its European tour.

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Free Forest Park Concert
Art Hill in Forest Park
1 Fine Arts Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Date: September 19

Conductor Ward Stare leads the SLSO in a performance on Art Hill in Forest Park. Enjoy such familiar tunes as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” music from “The Wizard of Oz” and scores from “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Some music that may be a bit more unfamiliar include work from composers Mozart, Strauss, Sousa and Suppe.

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Beethoven 6
Powell Hall
718 N Grand Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63103

Dates: October 12-14

Relive Beethoven’s fascination with nature at Powell Hall. Enjoy the retelling of the exhilarating illustrations of birdcalls, thunderstorms and the emotions of the wind and sea as you listen to Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos conduct Pascal Rogé on piano while performing Beethoven’sSymphony No. 6, “Pastorale.” Other great composers will be featured as well like Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G and Debussy’s “La Mer.” This will be one performance you will remember forever.

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Mark Laverty
Friendship Village Chesterfield
15201 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 532-1515

Date: August 31

For those that love the melodic sounds of classical piano, there’s nothing like listening to a live concert. Mark Laverty, a homegrown talent and award-winning pianist, has an impressive repertoire which includes Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, Mozart, Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, just to name a few. On August 31, he delights with a recital at Friendship Village.

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