Cityscape

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

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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
4:23 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Composer Stephanie Berg On Her St. Louis Symphony Debut

Composer Stephanie Berg
August Kryger

Kansas City native Stephanie Berg just received a master's in clarinet performance and composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012. And she only began thinking of making a career as a composer in 2009, after wining the Sinquefield Composition Prize. But she already is making her St. Louis Symphony debut. On Jan. 10 and 11, the symphony will perform Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem."

Originally written for chamber orchestra, the piece was inspired by a "wild street festival" in "some sort of exotic location, like ancient Egypt," Berg said.

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Cityscape
4:21 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

A Capella Group Shades Of Yale Tours St. Louis

Shades of Yale

With fifteen a capella groups, including the 100 year-old ensemble the Whiffenpoofs, it’s an understatement to say a capella is big at Yale University.

“It’s fervent at Yale,” Ian Miller said. He’s the music director for one of those fifteen groups, Shades of Yale, and a St. Louisan.

“It’s almost like sports at some other university,” Shades of Yale Tour Manager Hannah Sears added. “It seems like every other person you meet is somehow involved.”

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Cityscape
4:19 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

St. Louis Band Sleepy Kitty Becomes 'Laser Kitty' - For One Night Only

Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult make up the indie rock band Sleepy Kitty.
Shervin Lainez

St. Louis indie rock duo Sleepy Kitty is known for mixing music with visual art.  Which makes sense, as Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult are graphic artists as well as musicians.

But they’re taking art in a new direction with “Laser Kitty” on January 11 at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Planetarium. Laserist Brian Wirthlin will be performing a live laser show to the duo’s forthcoming album, “Projection Room.”

It’s the fulfillment of a long-held dream for drummer Evan Sult, who used to go to laser shows in high school and college.

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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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