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
7:13 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Celebrates Britten’s 100th With ‘Peter Grimes’ In Carnegie Hall

Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips in a semi-staged performance of "Peter Grimes" at the Aspen Music Festival on July 27, 2013
Alex Irvin

David Robertson, the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and a cast of vocal soloists led by tenor Anthony Dean Griffey and soprano Susanna Phillips traveled to New York City this week to perform a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.”  The November 22nd performance marks the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. St. Louisans were treated to a preview performance on November 16 in Powell Hall.

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Arts & Culture
5:57 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

St. Louis Symphony’s ‘Peter Grimes’ Features Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips

Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips in a semi-staged performance of "Peter Grimes" at the Aspen Music Festival on July 27, 2013
Alex Irvin

On Saturday, November 16, David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and a cast of vocal soloists in a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” These same forces will reprise that performance in Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 22, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

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Cityscape
5:32 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Anthony Dean Griffey Performs Peter Grimes With The St. Louis Symphony

Anthony Dean Griffey and Susanna Phillips in a semi-staged performance of "Peter Grimes" at the Aspen Music Festival on July 27, 2013
Alex Irvin

American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has performed to great acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world.  But when he appears in the title role of the St. Louis Symphony’s concert version of Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes,” it will be another opportunity to sing the role that is near and dear to his heart.  Not only was it his first major role when he first performed it while a student at Tanglewood, but because Griffey grew up as a shy, misunderstood child, he feels a real connection to the character.

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Cityscape
4:42 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Encore: The 442's, A Musical Collaboration With A Unique Sound

The 442's. From left to right: Shawn Weil, Adam Maness, Bjorn Ranheim and Syd Rodway.

The majority of this interview is a rebroadcast from April 19, 2013.

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil are colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony.  Double bassist Syd Rodway and composer/keyboardist Adam Maness are members of the Erin Bode Group.  They got to know each other when Ranheim and Weil collaborated with the Erin Bode Group and also shared an interest in good food and fine beer. 

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Cityscape
11:37 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Barbara Harbach’s ‘Jubilee’ Symphony Celebrates UMSL’s 50th Anniversary

Barbara Harbach
Stephanie Zettl

University of Missouri – St. Louis music professor and composer Barbara Harbach was commissioned to write a work to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the institution.  As a result, her Jubilee Symphony will receive its premiere on Wednesday, October 9 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.  Robert Howard will conduct UMSL’s University Orchestra in the premiere.

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Commentary
6:20 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

The Art Of Print Making

Nancy Kranzberg

When giving tours at the Saint Louis Art Museum, people often ask about prints and want to know if they are as important as paintings and I explain that they are another medium of the visual arts. People often are confused and think that prints are just copies of paintings and I have to clarify the issue and explain what a print actually is and that luminaries such as Rembrandt, Max Beckmann, Helen Frankenthaller, and Jasper Johns were painters as well as printmakers.

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Cityscape
6:01 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Common Thread Contemporary Dance Collaborates With The DisAbility Project and Dance St. Louis

Rehearsal of the DisAbility Project and Common Thread Dance Company's collaboration, "One World"

Joan Lipkin has been creating theatre with the disability community since 1996 when she co-founded the DisAbility Project.  An outgrowth of That Uppity Theatre Company of which Lipkin is artistic director, the DisAbility Project brings together amateur and professional performers of all abilities to create theatre based on lived experience.

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Arts & Culture
5:31 pm
Sat September 28, 2013

A New Principal Trumpet For The St. Louis Symphony

St. Louis Symphony Principal Trumpet Karin Bliznik

It took three seasons for the St. Louis Symphony to fill the position of Principal Trumpet after Susan Slaughter stepped down in 2010 after 40 years.  Slaughter holds the distinction of being the first female to hold the principal position in a major symphony orchestra and the word “legend” has been used to describe her. 

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Cityscape
9:17 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Jennifer Johnson Cano Returns Home To Preview Carnegie Recital

Jennifer Johnson Cano and Christopher Cano
Lisa Mazzucco

When mezzo-soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano enrolled in Webster University, her goal was to be a choral conductor.  But Webster’s Director of Vocal Studies Carole Gaspar had other ideas. At the end of Cano’s sophomore year, Gaspar suggested that she should pursue a career as a singer. Cano had already been in her first opera scene at Webster and had enjoyed it.  “So I changed my major,” said Cano, “and started really focusing my energy on practicing and learning more of the craft of what singers need to know to be successful.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Legal Roundtable Broadcast From SLU Law School's New Home

View from the audience during the live broadcast of St. Louis on the Air, Thursday September 26, 2013 from the courtroom of SLU School of Law
Rich Herberts / St. Louis Public Radio

Every month, St. Louis on the Air holds a legal roundtable in which we discuss local, regional and national issues pertaining to the law.  This month, we took the show on the road to Saint Louis University's new downtown School of Law building.

Host Don Marsh and the panel of legal experts took questions from a live audience in the 12th floor court room. And with the new U.S. Supreme Court session scheduled to begin October 7th, there was a lot to talk about.

The panelists were:

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