Powell Symphony Hall St. Louis. Missouri Life archive photo

January 24, 1968

This date in Missouri history. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra played its first-ever concert on the night after the St. Louis Theater was converted into Powell Hall, renamed for local businessman Walter Powell when his widow donated $1 million for it to be refurbished as the home for the symphony.

President Harry S. Truman and family.

October 29, 1949

First Daughter Margaret Truman was the featured soprano soloist with the St. Louis Symphony at Kiel Opera House. She received four curtain calls and sang two encores.

Powell Symphony Hall St. Louis

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra roots begin

The St. Louis Choral Society was founded by SLSO's first Music Director Joseph Otten on September 1, 1880.