Last weekend was the opening of the 2022-2023 season of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Mrs. C and I have been subscribers into the 40-something of years. Our beloved music director, Stéphane Denève, offers a toast from the grand staircase off the lobby during intermission. Times have changed. No more tyrannical, aloof conductors. Denève engages the audience personally. We occasionally see him in a restaurant and he loves to chat.
Apologies for the mediocre phone cam shot. Denève has made a commitment to our city. He has bought a house and made STL his home. That's his wife and daughter to his right. Well, he is also music director of the Brussels Philharmonic but we get lots of his attention.