The Gateway Festival Orchestra was founded in 1964 by Washington University Music Professor and concert pianist William Shatzkamer along with a number of musicians and community leaders. Its motivation was to fill a void of summertime classical music in the St. Louis region. At that time, the St. Louis Symphony season was only six months long, so the Gateway Festival Orchestra’s summer season of outdoor concerts provided an opportunity for Symphony and other professional musicians to practice their craft while providing St.
Art Saint Louis is a nonprofit organization which seeks to highlight contemporary visual art in the area.
The group is in the final stages of creating a gallery/café hybrid in the historic Park Pacific building in downtown St. Louis. The goal is to create a place “our community will repeatedly visit to enjoy dynamic exhibitions of local art and an inviting atmosphere in which to meet, study and relax.”
Gitana Productions’ Executive Director Cecilia Nadal is the product of a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother. She spent her early years in the Latino culture Puerto Rico and Panama before the family settled in her mother’s hometown of St. Louis. So she understands the challenges for a person trying to bridge two cultures.
Rocco Landesman has received numerous Tony awards as a Broadway producer and recently completed a three year term as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. He considered it a great honor to return to his home town for recognition on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.