Arts & Culture

Classical Music
10:46 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Bassoon Brigade To Honor The Memory Of One Young Player And, Perhaps, Inspire Another

Christine Brewer
Credit Christian Steiner

A St. Louis bassoon brigade is heading from Grand Center to Marissa, Ill., on Tuesday. Well, it was heading there on Feb. 4, but a forecast of snow and freezing rain put the planned trip off until Feb. 18.

Once in Marissa, the brigade will address a musical situation that began playing out in November following a St. Louis Symphony rehearsal of Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Peter Grimes.”

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Black History Month
10:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Paintings, Plays And Puppets Mark Black History Month In St. Louis

Afriky Lolo's Samba will be at COCA's Founders' Theatre Feb. 8.
Provided by Afriky Lolo

St. Louisans can explore the area's broad past including black history through larger-than-life puppets, Gee’s Bend, Ala., quilters and exhibits by members of the Alliance of Black Art Galleries.

The recently formed Alliance of Black Art Galleries will debut its first collaborative exhibit in February in connection with St. Louis’ 250th birthday celebration.

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Two Shows
10:10 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Reflection: Words And Art Combine At Fort Gondo, Beverly With Provocative Result

Works by Spector (top) and Bang
Credit Provided by Fort Gondo

Two shows – one by up-and-coming artist and poet John Cummins and Aron Fisher; the other by established St. Louis art world fixtures Buzz Spector and Mary Jo Bang --share more than architecture at the neighboring Fort Gondo and Beverly galleries. These two-person art exhibits, Conversed and Otherwise, pair text and art object that are increasingly interesting as they are explored.

Otherwise

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St. Louis on the Air
4:18 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Missourian Dale Carnegie, Father Of Modern Self-Help Culture

Book cover of Steven Watt's biography on Dale Carnegie.
Credit courtesy Other Press

Nowadays, book stores and libraries have whole sections dedicated to self-help. But back in 1936, when Missouri native Dale Carnegie wrote “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” it wasn’t so commonplace.

According to author Steven Watts, Carnegie shifted the conversation about how to achieve success away from moral character, in essence creating the modern self-help genre in the process.

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On Chess
10:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation

GM Georg Meier is one of the top players at Webster University's elite collegiate chess program.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

Webster University’s Georg Meier etched his name in the St. Louis record books over the weekend by winning the 6th annual Club Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL).

Meier, 26, is a world-class grandmaster who ranks No. 2 in Germany and No. 141 in the world.

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Saint Louis Art Museum
4:19 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Changes Coming To St. Louis Art Museum Restaurant

Side view of St. Louis Art Museum's Panorama restaurant in the new East Wing
Credit Provided by the Art Museum

Visitors to the St. Louis Art Museum will see some changes in the museum's Panorama restaurant.

The museum is looking closely at the menu, service and kitchen operations after a six-month review observed a $260,000 loss. The red ink was noted in a Zoo-Museum District audit of the museum, released last week.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:38 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

New Mavis Staples Bio Gives Unprecedented Insight Into The Singer And Her Family

Mavis Staples performing at the Chicago Blues Fest in 2012.
Credit Adam Bielawski / via Wikimedia Commons

Despite a musical career that has spanned decades and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement, until recently the only information available about the Staple Singers was from interviews, articles and songs.

A new biography by Chicago Tribune music critic Greg Kot changes all that by providing the back story of the musical family in book form for the first time. With a nod to two hit songs, the book is titled “I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom’s Highway.”

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St. Louis Symphony
2:03 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Other Voices: 'The Most Significant American Orchestral Work Never Played In America'

John Cage
Credit Wikipedia

Last week, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra took over the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts.

That symphony musicians play at the Pulitzer is not news. Ensembles have been bringing new works to the Grand Center neighbor for some time. But this time it was the entire orchestra and the work was a major piece by an American composer that had not be presented in this country before.

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Jazz Unlimited
7:52 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Guitars & Violins And New Music

Barney Kessel-1989
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for December 26, 2014 will be “Guitars & Violins and New Music.”  Violins have been a part of jazz since the beginning.  Photographic evidence suggests that early jazz combos that had front lines of trumpet, trombone and violin or trumpet, clarinet and violin were more prevalent than those that had front lines of trumpet, trombone and clarinet.  The January “Keys and Strings Hour” will showcase groups containing violins and guitars including the Joe Venuti-Eddie Lang duo, the Stuff Smith Quintet with Oscar Peterson and Barney Kessel, the Quintet of the Hot Club of France,

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St. Louis Symphony Live
1:39 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Beethoven 3, 'Eroica'

The view from the state at Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(via St. Louis Symphony/Dan Dreyfus)

We continue our live broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony for the 2013-2014 season this weekend, and you can be right there with us from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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 planned for you this weekend:

DEAN   Testament
DEAN   Viola Concerto
BEETHOVEN   Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"

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