Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists

J Freivogel, Sara Sitzer and Dana Hotle discussed the Gesher Festival on "St. Louis on the Air."
Mary Edwards | St. Louis Public Radio

In Hebrew, the word “gesher” means bridge. The theme of this year’s Gesher Music Festival, which runs through Aug. 21, is taking that title to heart by bridging divides over immigration using chamber music.

This is the festival’s sixth year and features a variety of events, including three main concerts around St. Louis all around the theme “American Dreams.”

Sara Sitzer, artistic director, Gesher Music Festival.
(Courtesy Gesher Music Festival)

“Gesher” is the Hebrew word for ‘bridge’ or ‘connection,’ said Sara Sitzer, artistic director of the festival: connections between musical styles, St. Louis and the larger artistic community, and across cultures.

Steph Mackinnon

The 2014 Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists opens this week in St. Louis. This year the festival opening gala features cellist Matt Haimovitz, who is known for pushing the envelope and blurring the lines between classical and popular music.

“I have a range of passions musically, and I tend to just follow my heart,” said Haimovitz when asked about his sometimes unusual musical choices.  He’s been known to take his cello to a bar and play the music of Jimi Hendrix.

For the third year, the Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists will provide St. Louis audiences with the opportunity to hear a variety of professional musicians who are on the cusp of their careers.