St. Louis Symphony on Maestro's Swan-Song Tour

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The St. Louis Symphony, second oldest in the nation, performs a trio of crowd pleasers at Stanford's Bing Hall on January 19. (Photo: Courtesy of St. Louis Symphony)

For his 12th and final year behind the podium, conductor David Robertson is traveling with the St. Louis Symphony on a nationwide tour — including a stop at Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall on Jan. 19.

The program includes Thomas Adès’ Dances, from the high camp opera Powder Her Face. Adès is a British composer who delivered exactly the kind of music you'd expect to hear attached to a libretto about a "Dirty Duchess," Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll, whose sexual exploits were the stuff of scandal in 1963 during her divorce proceedings.

While the opera itself can be shocking for some, the music is a blast and safe for all audience members. An additional delight: Benjamin Britten’s Violin Concerto performed by the Grammy-winning Augustin Hadelich.

Based in New York, Hadelich tours regularly to meet demand for his vivacious talent. He is fantastic — take this opportunity to see him. Details here.