Arts & Culture

Jazz Unlimited
3:49 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Money-What Makes Public Radio Go Around

Benny Carter-1989
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

The March 10, Jazz Unlimited will be devoted to an examination of tunes about money.  Money is what fuels St. Louis Public Radio.  Some of the srtists to be heard to night include Muggsy Sprecher recorded live at the Silver Dollar Club on Gaslight Square, Ahmad Jamal, J.J. Johnson, Count Basie with Buddy DeFranco, Art Tatum, Phil Woods, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz, Jay McShann and the World Saxophone Quartet.

Check out my photos of some of the artists heard on the show.

St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Regional Arts Commission Announces $20,000 Artist Fellowships, Releases Results Of Artists Survey

Regional Arts Commission

More than 3,000 St. Louis area artists filled out a survey called Artists Count, which helped inform the Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) strategic plan.

The RAC has not previously funded individual artists, rather opting to fund nonprofit organizations and consortiums since 1985, when the organization was created.

Jill McGuire, Executive Director of the Regional Arts Commission, said “After reading this survey we made a commitment that the results of the study will affect our policies.”

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Arts & Culture
11:25 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Tasmin Little Plays Elgar With The St. Louis Symphony

Tasmin Little at St. Louis Public Radio
Mary Edwards

British violinist Tasmin Little was the soloist in Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 with the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of guest conductor Sir Andrew Davis in concerts on March 1 and 2 in Powell Hall.  On Thursday, February 28, Little came to St. Louis Public Radio to record an interview for the intermission of STLPR’s live broadcast of the March 2 concert.

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8:54 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Arts As An Economic Force

Nancy Kranzberg

The arts are and have always been a driving economic force in the city, not only in our city, but virtually in cities around the world.

Marilu Knode of Laumeier Sculpture Park recently gave a talk at the University of Missouri – St. Louis in their annual "What is a City" conference presented by the Center for the Humanities. The talk was entitled, "Global Impact of the Arts on the City." She gave some incredible statistics, for example, that the first Venice Biennale in Italy was founded in 1895 specifically to create an art market for contemporary art.

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8:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gitana’s ‘Faces Of Love’ Features Al-Andalus

Tarik Banzi's Oud

For 15 years, Gitana Productions has presented an annual “Faces of Love” concert in an effort to bring people together through the power of music, dance or theater.  This year’s concert features Al-Andalus, an ensemble that performs music that originated in the Southern part of Spain at a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together peacefully, creating beautiful music together.

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5:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prominent Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling Performs In St. Louis

Kurt Elling
Anna Webber

Kurt Elling is a prominent American jazz vocalist.  Each of his ten albums have been nominated for a Grammy award and he has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times.

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3:47 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Being Gay And Muslim: Worldwide Film Festival Exploring African Issues Debuts In St. Louis

Image still from the documentary "I Am Gay and Muslim." It will screen Sunday at the Missouri History Museum as part of the Africa World Documentary Film Festival.
Credit Art.1

Six years ago, the annual Africa World Documentary Film Festival debuted in St. Louis.

The festival is back at the Missouri History Museum and runs through Sunday, March 3rd.  The three-day event features documentaries from filmmakers all over the world that are focused on social culture, sexual identity, mental disabilities, and more.

After showing in St. Louis, the films will travel to nine other venues across three continents.

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Jazz Unlimited
3:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Jazz Cities-Pittsburgh

Bob Cooper-1987
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

On the March 3. 2013 Jazz Unlimited Show, we will hear musicians who were born or nurtured early in their careers in Pittsburgh.  Pittsburgh is know as a city that sends great pianists out into the world of jazz.  Many of these musicians go through the Westinghouse High School music program.  Some of the Pittsburgers heard on tonight tonight's show include pianists Earl Hines, Dodo Marmarosa, Erroll Garner, Billy Strayhorn, Sonny Clark, Mary Lou Williams and Ahmad Jamal, trumpeters Roy Eldridge and (now St.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:09 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Extra - March 2, 2013

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(Alise O'Brien)

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, March 1.

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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Photo of the Week
5:26 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

St. Louis Sunset

Bryan Werner Via Flickr

Photo taken by photographer Bryan Werner 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.