Diary of a Musician with Leon Burke
November 7: Cavalleria rusticana – The melodies and many sections of Cavalleria rusticana are familiar even if you don’t regularly listen to opera! Leon will share music from the opera by Pietro Mascagni as a preview for this week’s St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concerts on November 11-12.
October 31: Scary Music – On this All Hallow’s Eve, Leon shares some frightfully good music from Modest Mussorgsky, Christoph Willibald Gluck, and Richard Strauss!
October 24: Spirits – Halloween is almost here, and Leon will share spooky music for, and about, spirits and ghosts. Hear music by Carl Maria von Weber, Ludwig van Beethoven, Charles Gounod, and others!
Leon Burke III is Conductor and Music Director of the University City Symphony Orchestra in St. Louis, Missouri, and also serves as Principal Conductor for the Belleville Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Assistant Director of the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and often guest-conducts for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
A native St. Louisan, Dr. Leon Burke holds music degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Kansas. He has conducted at the Aspen Music Festival and the Shenandoah Valley Music Festival and has studied with such distinguished conductors as Sir Georg Solti, Leonard Slatkin, Edo de Waart, and Jorge Mester. This year Dr. Burke celebrates 30 years as a Principal Conductor for the Asunción Symphony.