September 8, 2021
The first assignment for the new music director of the Saint Joseph Symphony was to create a full season for 2021-22. Dr. Christopher Kelts designed a program of accessible pieces, which are particularly meaningful during this time of “coming back.”

The season opener is Saturday, September 25 with “NEW: Season, Sound & World.” “We invite you on this musical journey through struggle to triumph, “said Maestro Kelts. “These themes reflect the times we’re in. We want everyone to leave the performance feeling inspired.”

New this season are pre-curtain talks by Maestro Kelts starting at 7:00 pm with shows starting at 7:30 pm. (The holiday show in December is the only exception.) The first Chamber Concert of the season is actually a free community concert on Saturday, November 6 made possible by funds from the David H Morton Memorial Fund for the Arts. Entitled “Bach, Jazz and Carmen – Ole!” this family-friendly show was designed by principal flutist, Lory Lacy to be a fun introduction to orchestral music. Joining her are pianist, Charles Badami and cellist, Sascha Groschang. Part of “First Saturdays Downtown,” the concert starts at 3:00 pm at First Christian Church, 927 Faraon St.

All in-person programs are one hour in length. Masks are required. Providing safe conditions for all the musicians, attendees, volunteers and staff are paramount in the planning. Please see SJS full COVID Policies on the web All shows at the Missouri Theater will be recorded and available to watch online with purchase. Special student ticket rates for most seats. Join us for live music in this Brave New World!

Missouri Theater Schedule (717 Edmond Street)

September 25, 2021 / Pre-Curtain Talk at 7:00 pm / Concert at 7:30 pm

NEW: Season, Sound & World
Egmont Overture – Beethoven
Abdelazer Suite – H. Purcell
Symphony No 9 in D minor “From the New World” – A. Dvorak

December 18, 2021 / Concert at 7:00 pm (no pre-curtain talk)

Holiday Cheer
A Christmas Festival
Sleigh Ride (L. Anderson)
Festive Sounds of Chanukah
Little Drummer Boy (by St. Joe native, Katherine Kennicott Davis)
Sleigh Ride (L. Mozart)
Fantasia on Greensleeves (1934)
Waltz of the Flowers (Tchaikovsky)
Winter Wonderland (C. Custer)
White Christmas (Berlin/Moss) from “Holiday Inn”
Five Christmas Carols (D. Willcocks)

March 26, 2022 / Pre-Curtain Talk at 7:00 pm / Concert at 7:30 pm

Tales from Russia
Peter & the Wolf (S. Prokofiev) with guest narrator, Mayor Bill McMurray
Scheherazade, Op. 35 (Rimsky-Korsakov)

April 30, 2022 / Pre-Curtain Talk at 7:00 pm / Concert at 7:30 pm

A Beethoven Finale featuring guest pianist, Minju Choi
Piano Concerto No. 4, G Major, Op. 58
Symphony No. 5, C Minor, Op. 67


  • Saturday, November 6, 2021– Free Community Concert at 1st Christian Church (927 Faraon St) at 3 pm
  • Sunday, January 30, 2022 – Ashland United Methodist Church (2711 Ashland Ave) at 3 pm
  • Sunday, February 27, 2022 – Ashland United Methodist Church (2711 Ashland Ave) at 3 pm

Both season and single tickets are available online, by phone or in person from the symphony office (120 S 8th Street). or phone 816-233-7701. See you at the show!

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