Mary Edwards

Production Manager, Talk Show Producer, St. Louis Symphony Producer

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years, and is currently Production Manager.  In addition to overseeing all the production activities at the station, she is the producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s two local talk/call-in shows, “St. Louis on the Air” and “Cityscape,” and the live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony.  Mary also teaches an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University and serves as Secretary of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication Alumni Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute, participating in various music activities at her church, and water skiing.

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Cityscape
8:00 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Ken Haller Celebrates His 60th Birthday With ‘Mama’s Boy’

Ken Haller

Ken Haller is a pediatrician in his day job.  But in his spare time, he is a cabaret singer.  Following the success of his previous shows “Side by Side by Sondheim” and “The TV Show,” Haller will celebrate his 60th birthday with “Mama’s Boy,” part of the Gaslight Cabaret Festival series.

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Cityscape
4:24 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Trebor Tichenor Memorial Concert Set For Sunday

St. Louis Ragtimers at the Natchez Queen on Gaslight Square in 1962
Credit Courtesy St. Louis Ragimers

On March 7, the entire Cityscape program was devoted to a remembrance of ragtime pianist and scholar Trebor Jay Tichenor who died in February. Tichenor had devoted his life’s work to the study and performance of ragtime, both as a piano soloist and as a member of the St. Louis Ragtimers. For many years he hosted Ragophile on 90.7, a program devoted to the art of ragtime.

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Cityscape
6:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Arianna String Quartet Celebrates 15th Season In St. Louis

Arianna String Quartet

Founded in 1992, the Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) moved from Michigan to St. Louis in 2000 and became the Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Initially the quartet split its concert schedule between the Ethical Society and the Sheldon Concert Hall but was concerned that the audiences were completely separate. But with the opening of UMSL’s Touhill Performing Arts Center in 2003, the quartet found a new home in the center’s Lee Theater.

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Cityscape
8:07 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

'La Traviata' Opens Union Avenue Opera's 20th Festival Season

Riccardo Iannello as Alfredo and Zulimar López-Hernández as Violetta in Union Avenue Opera's production of 'La Traviata'
Credit Union Avenue Opera

When Union Avenue Opera opens its 2014 season on July 11 with Verdi’s La Traviata, it will be with a company that is vastly different than the one that mounted its first production 20 years ago. UAO founding artistic director and conductor Scott Schoonover recalled that he had just finished his degree, wanted a chance to conduct and knew a number of singers who needed work. He had just moved to St. Louis to take the position as music director of Union Avenue Christian Church and the church encouraged him to mount an opera there.

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Cityscape
7:42 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Website Highlights Free Local Concerts And Festivals

Peter Martin and Friends at the Missouri Botanical Garden's Whitaker Jazz Series
Credit Romondo Davis

Web marketer Romondo Davis and his wife love to go to concerts so frequently take advantage of the many free concerts offered in the St. Louis area.  After frequent posts on Facebook about concerts they attended, a friend suggested  that they start a website promoting them.

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Cityscape
7:44 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Presents Grand Finale At The Sheldon

Missouri Chamber Music Festival Directors Scott Andrews and Nina Ferrigno

For four years, the Missouri Chamber Music Festival 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.

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Cityscape
6:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis World Premiere Explores The World Of Gertrude Stein

Stephanie Blythe as Gertrude Stein and Elizabeth Futral as Alice B. Toklas
Credit Ken Howard

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 Cityscape host Steve Potter. “It’s very exciting writing for a singer that bears that kind of vocal stature on the stage.  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.”

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Cityscape
6:28 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Vocalists ‘Sing For Siteman’

Sing for Siteman artistic director and accompanist Carol Wong

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 5th 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 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Classical Music Critic Sarah Bryan Miller.

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Cityscape
7:04 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis Opens 2014 Festival Season

Levi Hernandez as Papageno with dancers Elizabeth Coker and Weaver Rhodes in Opera Theatre of Saint Louis' production of The Magic Flute
Credit Ken Howard

A new production of an old favorite opens Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ 2014 season.  Fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi returns as director and designer of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Opening May 24, the production features tenor Sean Panikkar in the role of Tamino and noted Mozart expert Jane Glover conducts.

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Cityscape
6:45 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Remembering Circus Flora’s David Balding

Circus Flora co-founder and artistic director David Balding
Credit Circus Flora

The members of the Circus Flora 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 Cityscape host Steve Potter to remember Balding.

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