Barber Concerto with St. Louis & Slatkin / by Elizabeth Roe

Elizabeth has been asked to serve as a last-minute replacement for Olga Kern with the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of Maestro Leonard Slatkin in the Barber Piano Concerto for three concerts this weekend (November 11-13). Slatkin and St. Louis have a legendary connection to Samuel Barber's epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning concerto—25 years ago they recorded it with the great American pianist John Browning (who premiered the Concerto in 1962 for the opening of Lincoln Center), an album that would win a Grammy Award. Synchronistically, Elizabeth gave her first performances of this concerto as a last-minute replacement for Browning in subscription concerts with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra in 2003 (which the Delaware News Journal pronounced as "[a]stonishing [...] Elizabeth Joy Roe, a winner of international competitions and only 21, came to Wilmington and brought an audience to its feet with stunning performances at the three Delaware Symphony concerts. It was a musical moment to treasure"). Elizabeth herself has recorded the concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra for Decca Classics.

Saturday night's concert will be streamed live on St. Louis Public Radio; catch the broadcast at 8 PM Central time.