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
5:39 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The St. Louis Symphony’s David Robertson Looks Back and Forward

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson
Dilip Vishwanat

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson sat down with Cityscape host Steve Potter for a year-end reflection on the accomplishments in the first four months of the 2013-14 season as well as a look at what is still in store.

Topping Robertson’s list of Fall highlights is the Carnegie Hall performance of Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes” which received much critical acclaim including being named in the top five classical concerts in 2013 by New York Times classical music critic Anthony Tommasini.

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Cityscape
4:41 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Filmmaker And St. Louis Native Screens Feature Film At Webster University

Elisha Skorman and Nathan Sutton star in "Autumn Wanderer"
Michael Lockridge

Local filmmaker and St. Louis native Nathan Sutton and his wife, Elisha Skorman, star in Autumn Wanderer, a feature film about a man struggling to deal with his father’s schizophrenia, and the possibility that he may inherit the disease himself.

The film debuted earlier this year at the Hollywood Film Festival, where Sutton was awarded the “Emerging Filmmaker” award.

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Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Soundbites: Best St. Louis Food & Drink Of 2013

Tacos from Mission Taco Joint
(Courtesy: Catherine Klene, Sauce Magazine)

In our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, executive editor Ligaya Figueras and food critics Michael Renner and Matt Berkley reviewed the standout St. Louis restaurants and bars of 2013.

Michael Renner writes “New and Notable” for Sauce, and Matt Berkley writes “Nightlife.” They maintain anonymity in order to accurately review the experience an average customer might have.

New Venues

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Cityscape
7:29 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Marks Britten's Centennial With 'A Boy Was Born'

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
William Bascomb

This Sunday, the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus will perform “The Ancients Speak: Old English.” It’s the third in a series of concerts showcasing compositions inspired by ancient languages, from Greek to Slavic.

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Cityscape
6:59 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

John McDaniel Is 'Home For The Holidays' - Literally

John McDaniel

Conductor, composer, record producer and pianist John McDaniel’s career has taken him all over the U.S. and the world, but now the Grammy and Emmy award winner is back home in St. Louis for the holidays – and two sold-out performances at the Kranzberg Arts Center.

McDaniel may be best known for being the band director of the Rosie O’Donnell Show. He was last in St. Louis in 2011, when he conducted “The Daughter of the Regiment” at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

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Cityscape
6:03 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Arch City Radio Hour Preview: Kim Massie And Peter Martin Concert

Peter Martin

Vocalist Kim Massie and pianist Peter Martin performed a concert before a sold-out audience in the UMSL at Grand Center Community Room on December 6.  

The entire concert and an interview with Kim Massie will air on Arch City Radio Hour at 9:00 a.m. Monday, December 23 on St. Louis Public Radio’s HD2 Channel, The Gateway. Beginning at that time, the concert and interview will also be available on demand at the St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon website.

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Cityscape
5:27 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Bach Society Christmas Concert Continues 62 Year Tradition

(Courtesy Bach Society of Saint Louis)

Continuing a sixty-two year tradition, the Bach Society of Saint Louis will perform its annual Christmas Candlelight Concert Tuesday, December 17, at Powell Hall. The Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra will be joined by the UMSL University Singers in a program opening with the "Gloria in excelsis Deo" from Bach's Mass in B Minor and featuring John Rutter’s “Gloria.”

As always, a highlight of the concert will be a candlelight processional.

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Cityscape
5:19 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Brian Owens And Trio To Perform 'Another Jazzy, Soulful Holiday Affair' At The Bistro

Brian Owens
(Courtesy Brian Owens)

St. Louis vocalist Brian Owens will be performing a holiday concert to benefit a University of Missouri-St. Louis scholarship fund this Sunday at the Bistro at Grand Center. The event is sponsored by the UMSL African American Alumni Chapter.

"It’s been a real blessing for me to continue in partnership with the university I graduated from," said Owens, who graduated in 2008.

In addition to his connections with UMSL, Owens also has working relationships with Sterling Bank and other local businesses.

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Cityscape
5:11 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

St. Louis Bands Join Forces In 'A Rockin' Winter Party' To Benefit Covenant House

Band members performing in Home(s) for the Holidays: A Rockin' Winter Party

Members of local bands Vote for Pedro, My Two Planets and Soul Kiss will be sharing the stage at The Pageant this Sunday to perform a holiday benefit concert.

The concert is a fundraiser for Covenant House Missouri, a St. Louis nonprofit that provides housing and support for children and young adults between the ages of 16 and 21.

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Cityscape
5:06 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

'The Screwtape Letters' Returns To The Touhill

Brent Harris in the role of the demon Screwtape.
(Courtesy Fellowship of the Performing Arts)

A theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel The Screwtape Letters returns to the Touhill this weekend. When the play was first performed in St. Louis in 2010, director and co-author Max McLean performed the role of the demon Screwtape. The role is now performed by Brent Harris.

"He has a lot of experience playing evil characters," said McLean of Harris. "Macbeth, Iago, Scar from the Lion King."

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