Christmas had us coming and going. And not just here in Honduras.
A week before Christmas, my sister Barb arrived at her St. Louis city home about 5 p.m., threw a big bag of Christmas presents and her even bigger purse on the couch, coaxed Jah the dog, blind and frail, out the door, and went for a walk. She returned to find her house lit up like a torch, in flames and smoke.
Composer and musician Stephanie Berg will achieve a rare distinction when the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performs her composition, “Ravish and Mayhem” at Powell Hall performances on Jan. 10 and 11. Berg, who is in her 20s, appears to be the youngest composer from St. Louis to have a work played by the SLSO during its subscription series.
In December 2013, the National Blues Museum project in St. Louis took a giant step forward with the announcement that Pinnacle Entertainment Inc. and Lumiere Place Casino had pledged $6 million in funding for the museum as part of its agreement St. Louis to invest in downtown projects.
Kansas City native Stephanie Berg just received a master's in clarinet performance and composition from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2012. And she only began thinking of making a career as a composer in 2009, after wining the Sinquefield Composition Prize. But she already is making her St. Louis Symphony debut. On Jan. 10 and 11, the symphony will perform Berg's "Ravish and Mayhem."
Originally written for chamber orchestra, the piece was inspired by a "wild street festival" in "some sort of exotic location, like ancient Egypt," Berg said.
St. Louis indie rock duo Sleepy Kitty is known for mixing music with visual art. Which makes sense, as Paige Brubeck and Evan Sult are graphic artists as well as musicians.
But they’re taking art in a new direction with “Laser Kitty” on January 11 at the Saint Louis Science Center’s Planetarium. Laserist Brian Wirthlin will be performing a live laser show to the duo’s forthcoming album, “Projection Room.”
It’s the fulfillment of a long-held dream for drummer Evan Sult, who used to go to laser shows in high school and college.
When viewing St. Louisans Alison and John Ferring's fabulous contemporary art collection, I noticed that many of the works contained text. There were works by Suzanne McClelland, Kara Walker, Jenny Holzer and many other well-known artists who frequently incorporate text in their works of art.