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.
The St. Louis Symphony announced plans for its 2014-15 season at a town hall meeting on Thursday, January 23. It is a season highlighted by many significant anniversaries: David Robertson’s 10th as music director, David Halen’s 20th season as concertmaster, Amy Kaiser’s 20th season as chorus director, the 20th anniversary of the In UNISON Chorus, the 45th season of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and the 135th anniversary of the St. Louis Symphony, and all these take place while the city celebrates the 250th anniversary of its founding.
Mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey and tenor Nicholas Phan are two of the soloists that join David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus in Cantatas 1-3 of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio on December 6 and 7. The two singers also performed in the St. Louis Symphony's performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor in April, 2012.
On Saturday, November 16, David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus and a cast of vocal soloists in a concert version of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes.” These same forces will reprise that performance in Carnegie Hall on Friday, November 22, the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth.
American tenor Anthony Dean Griffey has performed to great acclaim in opera houses and concert halls around the world. But when he appears in the title role of the St. Louis Symphony’s concert version of Britten’s opera “Peter Grimes,” it will be another opportunity to sing the role that is near and dear to his heart. Not only was it his first major role when he first performed it while a student at Tanglewood, but because Griffey grew up as a shy, misunderstood child, he feels a real connection to the character.
The Missouri Chamber Music Festival (MOCM) presents its third season of concerts in Webster Groves. Directed by St. Louis Symphony Principal Clarinetist Scott Andrews and pianist Nina Ferrigno, the festival offers three concerts performed by world-renowned musicians from around the country and St. Louis.
Flutes and fauns, dreams of the sea, Clair de Lune, and more. We're celebrating the 150 th of composer Claude Debussy. Claude Debussy composed in the time of the impressionist painters. His music can call to mind that dreamy state. A storm at sea. A faun at play. Moonlight on water.