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.”
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.
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.
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).
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.”
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.
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,