Donna Korando

Arts & Culture, Voices Editor

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.

She was part of the original staff of the St. Louis Beacon where she worked with features and commentary articles, combining her experience at the Post-Dispatch. Those areas remain her focus.

In addition to a journalism degree from SIUC, Donna earned a master of studies in law from Yale Law School. Her son and daughter took to heart her advice to go away to college and live far from St. Louis. Two cats rule the house.

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COCA, SLAM And Kodner
9:58 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Visually Appealing: Climb A Water Tower Or Learn Salsa

Compton Hill Water Tower
Credit Wikipedia

Some of the art in St. Louis is available all day every day but may not be open to explore, This Friday night, however, by the light of a full moon, you can climb the 198 steps to the top of the Compton Hill Water Tower.

This is the youngest (built in 1898) of the city’s three historic and distinctive standpipe water towers. The others are the Corinthian column (1871) at 20th Street and Grand Avenue and the Bissell Water Tower (1885) at Bissell Street and Blair Avenue.

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Foot of Art Hill
8:50 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Wallendas And Water Skis Added To Fair St. Louis Lineup

Part of the Flying Wallendas
Credit 2009 Circus Flora photo

The Grand Basin at the foot of Art Hill will play a more important role than provide the reflective image for fireworks photos. The Fair St. Louis organizers announced Wednesday that water skiing and wakeboarding will take place on the water, and Tino Wallenda will walk a wire above it, stretched more than the length of a football field.

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To Shakespeare & Company
9:25 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Dildine Is Leaving Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine
Credit Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine, who has expanded the scope of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis in the five years that he has been in charge of it, is leaving. He will become executive director of Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass.

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Opera Theatre Of St. Louis
10:02 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Reflection: 'Elixir' Is A Bubbly Bel Canto

Rene Barbera as Nemorino and Susannah Biller as Adina spar in the opening portion of "The Elixir of Love."
Credit Ken Howard | OTSL

A few years – well, decades – ago, I happened across opera. On public television, I found America’s opera sweetheart, Beverly Sills, in “Daughter of the Regiment.” The performance was joyous, beautiful and fun. And the composer was Gaetano Donizetti.

Now Opera Theatre of St. Louis is presenting another Donizetti opera that is equally engaging: “The Elixir of Love.” And this one matches “Daughter” in actually fitting the oft-made promise of being a perfect first opera.

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Neighborhoods
10:13 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Free Concerts: Lafayette Square And Benton Park Get Started

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The neighborhood free outdoor summer concert season is now in full swing. If you know of a free series that isn't on this list, let us know.

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First Friday
10:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Visually Appealing: Art & Air, Peat Eyez, Dogs, First Friday

Credit Provided by SLUMA

The first weekend in June always has a star on my calendar: Lafayette Square House Tour. But many others have noted the better-than-average chance for good weather that prompted the neighborhood to select that date. Add the tradition of galleries being open in the evening on the first Friday of the month and no one has an excuse to stay indoors (barring storms, that is).

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Ballot Issues Set
1:26 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Illinois Legislature Passes Wait-And-See Budget

Credit (via Flickr/jglazer75)

No one says the $35.7 billion 2015 budget approved by the Illinois Legislature late last week is balanced. As the Belleville News Democrat reported, “Democratic Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Senate budget negotiator, described the plan as ‘incomplete’ but the best lawmakers could do this session.

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Peter Martin
12:33 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Free Concerts: Add The Zoo And Botanical Garden To The Musical Mix

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

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To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Arts & Culture
10:44 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Free Concerts This Week Include Groovethang And A Johnny Cash tribute

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

For many St. Louisans, summer means Cardinals baseball, pork steak on the grill and free outdoor concerts. Coming this week:

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To let us know about your concert series, please email Arts, Culture and Voices Editor Donna Korando (dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.)

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Groovethang, Javier Mendoza and more
10:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Free Concerts: St. Peters, Ferguson, St. Charles and History Museum

Find out where the free music is with our free summer concert calendar.

The free concert schedule is heating up. Here's a 2011 article about a Javier Mendoza release. Coming this week:

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