David Robertson conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Gil Shaham on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., January 13-15. "Gil Shaham performs Korngold's Violin Concerto. First premiered by the STL Symphony in 1947, the work by the cinematic composer will astound with its lush melodies and technical pyrotechnics. The concert comes to a stunning conclusion with Dvorák's beloved "New World" symphony, an audience favorite for its musical depiction of the American spirit." The concert takes place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information: stlsymphony.org.
The World Chess Hall of Fame presents a program of the music of Dvorák on Thursday, January 12, at 7 pm. "Dvorák is the best known Czech composer of the Romantic era. Beloved for his use of Bohemian folk elements, his music is deeply beautiful and sparkling with vitality. Featuring members of the St. Louis Symphony, this program explores Dvo_ák's chamber music for strings; including his famous Quintet No. 2 for two violins, viola, cello and double bass." Performers are Jessica Cheng, violin; Angie Smart, violin; Kathleen Mattis, viola; Melissa Brooks, cello; Sarah Hogan Kaiser, bass. The performance takes place at the World Chess Hall of Fame, 4652 Maryland Avenue. For more information: worldchesshof.org or call (314) 367-9243.