Mary Edwards http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/la-traviata-opens-union-avenue-operas-20th-festival-season <p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 01:07:09 +0000 Mary Edwards 37609 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/website-highlights-free-local-concerts-and-festivals <p></p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:42:53 +0000 Mary Edwards 37610 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals Missouri Chamber Music Festival Presents Grand Finale At The Sheldon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-chamber-music-festival-presents-grand-finale-sheldon <p>For four years, the<a href="http://www.mochambermusic.org/"> Missouri Chamber Music Festival </a>has offered a series of chamber music concerts in the month of June at the First Congregational Church of Webster Groves. But for the first time, the festival will conclude with a grand finale at The Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 00:44:59 +0000 Mary Edwards 37400 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri Chamber Music Festival Presents Grand Finale At The Sheldon Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis World Premiere Explores The World Of Gertrude Stein http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-world-premiere-explores-world-gertrude-stein <p></p><p>When Opera Theatre of Saint Louis approached Ricky Ian Gordon about writing an opera for mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, he was thrilled. “Stephanie is sort of a phenomenon. She’s probably the only singer that makes the Met feel too small,” said Gordon to <em>Cityscape</em> host Steve Potter. “It’s very exciting writing for a singer that bears that kind of vocal stature on the stage.&nbsp; And the minute her name was mentioned to me as someone to write an opera for, I said ‘Gertrude Stein’ because I thought the personality has to match the voice.”</p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 23:16:10 +0000 Mary Edwards 37168 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis World Premiere Explores The World Of Gertrude Stein Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Vocalists ‘Sing For Siteman’ http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-vocalists-sing-siteman <p></p><p>It’s safe to say that the life of every person is at some time touched by cancer. That is the unifying factor in the 5<sup>th</sup> Annual “Sing for Siteman” benefit concert. Eight principal singers from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2014 season will perform in a concert directed and accompanied by pianist Carol Wong on June 9 to benefit Siteman Cancer Center’s Discovery Fund. The emcee will be <em>St. Louis Post-Dispatch</em> Classical Music Critic Sarah Bryan Miller.</p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 23:28:16 +0000 Mary Edwards 36617 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Vocalists ‘Sing For Siteman’ Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Opens 2014 Festival Season http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/opera-theatre-saint-louis-opens-2014-festival-season <p></p><p>A new production of an old favorite opens <a href="http://www.opera-stl.org/">Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’</a> 2014 season.&nbsp; Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi returns as director and designer of Mozart’s <em>The Magic Flute</em>. Opening May 24, the production features tenor Sean Panikkar in the role of Tamino and noted Mozart expert Jane Glover conducts.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 00:04:58 +0000 Mary Edwards 36429 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Opens 2014 Festival Season Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/remembering-circus-flora-s-david-balding <p></p><p>The members of the <a href="http://www.circusflora.org/">Circus Flora</a> family were stunned and saddened when their beloved patriarch David Balding passed away on Friday, May 9. One of the members of that family is theater director Cecil MacKinnon who is also known as Yo-Yo, the Narrator. She joined <em>Cityscape </em>host Steve Potter to remember Balding.</p><p></p> Fri, 16 May 2014 23:45:00 +0000 Mary Edwards 36220 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding New Initiatives At St. Louis County Library As Building Plan Moves Forward Despite Controversy http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-initiatives-st-louis-county-library-building-plan-moves-forward-despite-controversy <p></p><p>In 2012 St. Louis County voters approved a $.06 tax increase to fund a<a href="http://www.slcl.org/your-library-renewed"> capital improvement plan</a> for the St. Louis County Library. As Phase I of the project gets underway, the library’s new director Kristen Sorth was Don Marsh’s guest on <em>St. Louis on the Air</em> to discuss the project and new initiatives at the library.</p><p></p> Thu, 15 May 2014 03:37:45 +0000 Mary Edwards 36053 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Initiatives At St. Louis County Library As Building Plan Moves Forward Despite Controversy Vocalist Denise Thimes Shares Her Gifts With St. Louis And Aretha Franklin http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/vocalist-denise-thimes-shares-her-gifts-st-louis-and-aretha-franklin <p></p><p></p><p>When a friend asked St. Louis vocalist Denise Thimes to come to Detroit to sing for her father’s 75<sup>th</sup> birthday party, she didn’t tell her until she got there that one of the guests was Aretha Franklin. “I was shaking in my boots, to say the least,” Thimes told <em>Cityscape</em> host Steve Potter, but she pulled herself together and sang for the diva and the others in the audience. “She wanted to hear “The Way We Were” and I really tried to sing it to the best of my ability.&nbsp; And she was very pleased with that.”</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Mary Edwards 36012 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Vocalist Denise Thimes Shares Her Gifts With St. Louis And Aretha Franklin Author Elaine Viets On 13th Book In Her ‘Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/author-elaine-viets-13th-book-her-dead-end-job-mystery-series <p></p><p>Although former Post-Dispatch columnist <a href="http://elaineviets.com/">Elaine Viets</a> now lives in Fort Lauderdale, both of her book series have St. Louis connections.&nbsp; Her <em>Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper</em> series is set in Maplewood while the main character in her <em>Dead-End Job Mystery</em> series is a St. Louis woman on the run in South Florida.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 21:25:51 +0000 Mary Edwards 35812 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Author Elaine Viets On 13th Book In Her ‘Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series