Arts & Culture

Commentary
6:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

The Evolution Of Music From Ancient Times To Today

Nancy Kranzberg

I just had another incredible read. "The Story of Music From Babylon to the Beatles" goes all the way back to the Paleolithic caves of Chauvet, France to the music of today.

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Cityscape
6:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Remembering Ragtime Pianist And Scholar Trebor Tichenor

Trebor Tichenor
Courtesy St. Louis Ragtimers

Ragtime pianist and scholar Trebor Tichenor passed away last month after a stroke. He was 74. Longtime St. Louis Public Radio listeners may remember his weekly program “Ragophile” that aired on the station in the 1970s and ‘80s.

We dedicated the entire hour of Cityscape today to remembering Tichenor with his son Andy Tichenor and fellow band members Don Franz and Al Stricker.

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Arts & Culture
3:40 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

St. Louis Symphony Extra - Verdi Requiem

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

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, March 8.

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:

VERDI  Requiem

Which will feature the following artists:

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Down By The River
10:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Connie Fairchild Talks About Band Reunions, Music Therapy And Cabaret

Connie Fairchild
Credit Provided by The Presenters Dolan

The format for the Songbird Café series — placing four singer-songwriters in the round and having them sing songs in turn — was made famous by the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tenn.

The approach has worked well here over the three years that Steve St. Cyr has presented the Songbird Café series at Focal Point in Maplewood and occasionally at UMSL at Grand Center.

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St. Louis On the Air
8:09 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Columnist, Military Wife Hopes Her New Book Gives Civilians Insight On Military Life

Terri Barnes
Courtesy of Terri Barnes

Author and columnist Terri Barnes now calls O’Fallon, Ill. home. But that is a recent designation determined by her husband’s transfer to Scott Air Force Base last August. First the daughter and now the wife of a career military man, she estimates O’Fallon is her family's seventeenth hometown.

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Downtown Concerts
5:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Despite Protests, Non-Compete Clause Likely To Remain In Bill For Downtown Music Festival

Aldermen have delayed a vote on a measure that could bring two Lollapalooza-like festivals to St. Louis a year.
(via Flickr/alaina.buzas)

St. Louis aldermen have temporarily slowed the progress of a measure that would reserve Memorial and Labor Day weekends for a new music festival in downtown St. Louis for at least the next 10 years.

The city's tourism committee heard two hours of testimony on the measure today. Chairman Joe Vollmer delayed the vote by a week to give its members time to digest the bill. A good portion of the 29-member Board of Aldermen sat in for at least part of the hearing.

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Union Station
5:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Mural Mystery Solved, But Fabled Clock Still Missing From St. Louis' Union Station

Mural panels come out for the first time in decades.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Beginning in 1942 and for around three decades – no one seems to know for sure – a massive mural depicting a flurry of commercial activity along the St. Louis riverfront peered down upon the ticket counter at Union Station.

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Reddit Questions
9:48 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

On Chess: Nakamura Scores In Ask Me Anything

Hikaru Nakamura is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 7 in the world.
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

What do Bill Nye the Science Guy, President Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad fame have in common with the best chess player in the country?

They’ve all subjected themselves to the rigor of being grilled by the anonymous public via Reddit’s Ask Me Anything (AMA).

A Reddit AMA provides a forum for celebrities, athletes, musicians, politicians and other notable public figures to respond online to questions submitted by other Reddit users for a pre-determined period of time.

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Moving Soup
9:44 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Arts Rundown: Gary Stephan At Philip Slein, Fabric Art At 10th Street

Gary Stephan, Big X, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 56 x 70 inches
Philip Slein Gallery

According to the release from Philip Slein Gallery, Gary Stephen has had more than 70 solo shows and has received awards from the Whitney Biennial, the National Endowmen of the Arts and others. His work is now at the gallery at 4735 McPherson Ave through March 29.

To find out more, we went to a 2010 article by David Carrier in Art Critical about Stephan’s “Transcending Suburbia” show.

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St. Louis Symphony
9:13 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Reflection: Robertson's Contract Reinforces The Infrastructure Of St. Louis

David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus | St. Louis Symphony

In writing about the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary American cities, the word infrastructure frequently issues forth from the keyboard. Sometimes it is paired with the words “challenges” or “failures.” In a more neutral context, it often is a corollary to nitty-gritty utility systems that keep the metropolis heated, moving, cooled and lighted, or on another scale, buildings that provide shelter for commerce and living.

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