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
6:01 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

‘Plein Aire’ Artists Paint Louisiana, Missouri

Plein Aire Painter in Louisiana, Missouri
Mona Brown

For the second year, the residents of Louisiana, Missouri invite artists to literally “paint their town.” On Saturday, September 21, visual artists from all over will descend on Louisiana to paint “en plein aire,” the hills, valleys, buildings and people of their town.  Spectators are encouraged to travel around the area to see the artists at work. 

Saturday evening, there will be an exhibition and sale of the paintings the artists created during the day. Cash prizes will be awarded for First, Second and Third Place.

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Cityscape
6:22 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Arianna String Quartet Begins A New Season With ‘Out of Africa’

Arianna String Quartet

The Arianna String Quartet (ASQ) recently returned from a month-long tour performing and teaching in South Africa. That experience is reflected in the opening concert of the quartet’s 2013-14 season on September 6.   Titled “Out of Africa,” the concert is highlighted by Five Elegies by South African composer Arnold van Wyk.  The program also includes Mendelssohn’s Quartet in F minor, Op. 80 and Schubert’s Death and the Maiden.

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Cityscape
5:25 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

David Robertson's Passion For The Great American Symphony

David Robertson
(Dan Dreyfus)

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson discussed American symphonies in a feature produced by NPR Music's Tom Huizenga as part of the program's search for the great American symphony. Robertson weighed in on why American orchestras are afraid of new symphonies in addition to explaining his selection of the great American symphony. St. Louis Public Radio also listeners made suggestions including:

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Cityscape
11:01 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Union Avenue Opera Continues Its 'Ring' Cycle With 'Die Walkure'

Alexandra LoBianco as Brunnhilde and Timothy Bruno as Wotan
(Courtesy Union Avenue Opera)

When one thinks of Wagner’s Ring cycle, what comes to mind is a huge cast, orchestra and set which can only be performed in the world’s largest opera houses.  But Union Avenue Opera has brought the Ring to St. Louis thanks to the reduction and adaptation by composer Jonathan Dove and stage director Graham Vick. The company will mount the second opera, Die Walkure, on August 16, 17, 23 and 24.

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Cityscape
4:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Jazz St. Louis Presents American Music Showcase

(Courtesy Jazz St. Louis)

This Saturday, Grand Center, Inc. and Jazz St. Louis team up to present a showcase of American music.  The event will take place at five venues in Grand Center and will feature performances by six local bands.

When they first started planning the event, they were going to present music across a wide range of genres, said Devin Rodino, communications and operations manager at Jazz St. Louis. But in the end they settled on American music --jazz, folk, blues, country and bluegrass.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:23 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Examination Of School Transfer Issues

Francis Howell and Normandy parent meeting
Chris McDaniel

The Missouri Supreme Court’s ruling on Breitenfeld v. School District of Clayton on June 11 reversed a lower court decision and found that state statute 167.131does not violate the Hancock Amendment. The statute provides that an unaccredited school district must pay tuition for students to attend school in another accredited district in the same or an adjoining county.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:06 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

In Depth: St. Louis’ New Effort To Become Fastest Growing Metro For Immigration By 2020

(via Flickr/NathanReed)

Late last month regional leaders launched the St. Louis Mosaic Project, an initiative to make the region the fastest growing metro area for immigrants by 2020.

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Cityscape
5:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

From Champion Boxer To Gospel Music: East St. Louis Native Arthur Johnson Has Varied Career

Arthur Johnson
(Courtesy: Arthur Johnson)

East St. Louis native Arthur Anthony Johnson’s varied career has taken him from world champion boxer to contemporary gospel music artist.

Johnson’s remarkable story as an amateur boxer who competed for the United States in the 1988 Olympics and retired in his early twenties before mounting an incredible comeback as a professional boxer who would win three world titles is detailed in a documentary called “Greatest Comeback.”  His story is also presented in a new album of the same name.

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Cityscape
4:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Cinema St. Louis Highlights Local Talent In St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, July 14-18
(Courtesy: Cinema St. Louis)

Cinema St. Louis presents the 13th annual St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase July 14-18 at the Tivoli Theatre.

The goal of the Showcase is to highlight films written, directed, edited, or produced by St. Louis area natives or films with strong local ties.

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Cityscape
3:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

St. Louis Shakespeare Begins New Season, One Step Closer To Producing All 38 Shakespeare Plays

"Timon of Athens" (from L to R) Kim Sansone, Betsy Saule, Maggie Murphy, Michael Brightman
Kim Carlson

St. Louis Shakespeare’s 29th season begins July 19th with “Timon of Athens,” a story about a wealthy man who falls on hard times and, in doing so, determines his true friends.

“Timon of Athens” is one of William Shakespeare’s most obscure plays.

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