Cityscape

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Join Steve Potter every Friday for a discussion of local arts and cultural events.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or e-mail talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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Cityscape is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and sponsored in part by the Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

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Cityscape
6:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Leonard Slatkin Joins The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis For ‘Notes From Hollywood’

Leonard Slatkin
Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management

Leonard Slatkin is well known to St. Louis audiences because of his long tenure at the helm of the St. Louis Symphony.  He returns to St.

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Cityscape
5:32 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company Presents ‘Jackie And Me’

Jackie Robinson
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Jackie Robinson was a baseball player who broke the so-called “color barrier,” becoming the first African American player in Major League Baseball’s modern era.

He debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company presents a play about the life of Jackie Robinson called Jackie and Me.

The production follows Joey Stoshack, a boy who discovers a rare baseball card is his ticket to travel back in time to Branch Rickey’s office on the day Robinson becomes an MLB player.

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4:42 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Upstream Theater Presents St. Louisan, Actor Ken Page’s WWII ‘Ballet In Song’

Graphic design by Patrick Huber, based on a water-color by Mimi Korach Lesser, courtesy Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Brown University Library

St. Louisan Ken Page is an actor and director.  He has an accomplished career including prominent roles in the original Broadway production of Cats and Ain’t Misbehavin’.  You also may recognize him as the voice of Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Page, who describes his new work, Café Chanson, as “ballet in song,” talked with host Steve Potter, along with Philip Boehm, the artistic director of Upstream Theater.

Here’s more info on the play from Upstream Theater:

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Cityscape
4:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

'A Good Year' For The Arts In St. Louis

The arts community in St. Louis offers a wide variety of performances and venues with music, art, theater, dance, and more.

As we continue our “A Good Year” series, host Steve Potter talked with Vince Schoemehl, President of Grand Center, Inc., and Cynthia Prost, President of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, about why it was a “good year” for the arts.

In addition to a wide ranging discussion with guests, we asked our listeners to contribute their highlights. 

Some of that feedback is below.

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Cityscape
9:52 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Compton Heights Concert Band Celebrates the Holidays

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Ellwyn Kauffman

The renowned Marchiachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano joins the Compton Heights Concert Band in its 15th Annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 23 in the Peabody Opera House. 

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9:33 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Explores The Wonder Of Christmas

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
William Bascomb

Philip Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in "Wonder Upon Wonder Will Arrive to Me,"
the third concert of the ensemble's 57th season, on Sunday, December 23.  The a cappella chorus will perform three major works to explore the wonder of the mystery of Christ's birth including Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Missa O Magnum Mysterium," a series of motets for the Nativity and the Epiphany by French composer Francis Poulenc and another setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Sir Maxwell Davies. 

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Cityscape
4:34 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra Live At Lincoln Center

John McDaniel

For the second time, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra is preparing for a trip to New York City.  In March of 2010, the ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall, one of three orchestras invited to do so.  The orchestra has again been honored by its selection to compete in the prestigious National Orchestra Cup on March 2, 2013 in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  The KHS Symphonic Orchestra will compete with several other orchestras from around the county for the title of Grand Champion and the National Cup.

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Cityscape
12:35 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Cast Of WICKED To Be Featured In Fundraiser For Local, National Organizations

Christine Dwyer (Elphaba) and Jeanna de Waal (Glinda) in WICKED
(Copyright: Joan Marcus)

WICKED is about the untold story of the witches of Oz.

The musical is based on the 1995 novel written by Gregory Maguire, WICKED: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West.  While many people know the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz, both stories take place in a world based on L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful World of Oz, written in 1900.

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12:29 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Soundbites With Sauce Magazine: A Year In Review

Representation of Sauce Magazine Restaurant Critic Michael Renner
(Courtesy: Sauce Magazine)

Sauce Magazine readers are accustomed to the annual readers’ choice edition which comes out in July.

At the end of 2012, St. Louis Public Radio has partnered with the publication in our monthly Soundbites segment to talk about some of the best dishes, trends, and things to look forward to in the coming year.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus

Nino the Clown in the Powell Hall Lobby
St. Louis Symphony

Each Spring, Circus Flora sets up its “big top” in the parking lot of Powell Hall.  Over the years, the Flying Wallendas, Nino the Clown, and the St. Louis Arches have become familiar to many St. Louisans.  

For the second time, Circus Flora will move inside the hall, high wires and all, to join the St. Louis Symphony in a holiday production which will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” 

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