Arts & Culture

8:25 am
Fri January 25, 2013

The Rep's "4000 Miles" Savors Moments Of Compassion And Healing

Rita Gardner and Dan McCabe in the Rep's Production of 4000 Miles.
Credit ©Photo by Jerry Naunheim, Jr.

4000 miles is a long way to bike, from Washington State to Greenwich Village, New York. But bike it Leo does, and arrives at his grandmother’s apartment at three in the morning, redolent with the scent of travel. And at first, there’s an equally wide chasm of misunderstanding between 21 year-old Eco-hippie, Leo and 91 year-old leftist, Vera. So begins the Repertory Theater of St Louis’ studio offering, 4000 Miles by Amy Herzog, skillfully directed by Jane Page.

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Arts & Culture
4:13 am
Fri January 25, 2013

New Exhibit Examines The Work of Georges Braque

Georges Braque in his studio in 1931.
Philadelphia Museum of Art: A. E. Gallatin Collection

Let’s do a little word association.

Pablo Picasso, what comes to mind?

Maybe brilliant artist, prolific painter, giant of the twentieth century.

OK, one more.

George Braque….drawing a blank?

If so, you’re not alone.  But during the first part of the twentieth century Braque and Picasso were the Lennon and McCartney of modern art.

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Jazz Unlimited
4:01 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

The Quieter Side Of Jazz And New Music

Dena DeRosa Quartet-2011
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz musicians occasionally use classical music themes for improvisation.  On the January 28, 2013 edition of Jazz Unlimited, the first hour will have music by Bach, Villa Lobos, Mozart, Pachelbel, Rachmaninov, Dvorak and Rodrigo played without horns.  The second hours will present new music with Dizzy Gillespie, Dena DeRose, Art Pepper, Marcus Roberts, Hal Russell and others.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

What Was It Like To Be Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

In the mid-1800s Elizabeth Keckley was a slave living in St. Louis.

As a highly skilled dressmaker, she was eventually able to earn the money to buy her freedom.

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of a new book about Elizabeth Keckley.  She writes about Keckley moving from St. Louis to Washington D.C. and becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Erin Williams talked with Chiaverini about her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”

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Arts & Culture
12:14 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Leonard Slatkin Remembers Stan Musial

Leonard Slatkin
Columbia Artists Management

St. Louis Symphony Conductor Laureate Leonard Slatkin returned to St. Louis this week to conduct the orchestra he led for 17 years.  Slatkin was Robert Peterson's guest during the intermission of St. Louis Public Radio's live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony concert on Saturday, January 19.  During the conversation, Slatkin commented on building audience for the St. Louis Symphony to make it as well known as the St.

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St. Louis Symphony
12:45 pm
Sat January 19, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - January 19, 2013

Leonard Slatkin.
Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management

The St. Louis Symphony continues its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

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6:23 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Low Brass Spectacular At The Sheldon

2012 Low Brass Spectacular
Photo by Ray Meibaum

St. Louis Symphony Bass Trombonist Gerry Pagano recognized the need for a forum to provide educational and performance opportunities for trombone, euphonium, baritone horn and tuba players in the St. Louis region, so he formed the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective.  The organization presents its 5th Annual Low Brass Spectacular Gala Concert Tuesday, January 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The musicians will include members of the St.

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5:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Dickson String Quartet Is A Family Affair

Dickson String Quartet
Photograph by August Jennewein/UMSL

When a family has 10 children who all study music, it’s natural that some of them might form an ensemble.  In the case of the Dickson family, 4 of them not only formed a string quartet, but all entered college at the same time, halfway across the country.  

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Photo of the Week
4:31 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Bison Calf at Lone Elk Park

Brett Weinstein Via Flickr

Photo taken in Lone Elk Park by Brett Weinstein on

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos taken in the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week on our website and Facebook page we feature one outstanding photo from the group.

11:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Exclusive: Nominations For Inaugural Louie Awards Honoring Local Theater Revealed

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

In 2012, approximately 100 local professional theatrical productions were presented in the St. Louis area.

A new organization called the St. Louis Theater Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with the inaugural Louie Awards.

The first Louie Awards presentation coincides with the suspension of the Kevin Kline Awards.  Earlier this year the Professional Theater Council of St. Louis decided not to hold a ceremony honoring 2012 theatrical productions, citing financial issues.

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