Powell Hall

Violinist Leila Josefowicz plays with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in this photo taken earlier this fall.
Dilip Vishwanat

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra can claim some of the glory in a Grammy Awards nomination announced today. Violinist Leila Josefowicz was nominated for Best Classical Instrumental Solo for her performance on John Adams' Scheherazade.2, in a February 2016 recording with the SLSO. Music Director David Robertson conducted the performance. In a September 2016 review , NPR said the piece was “masterfully illuminated by conductor David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.” The SLSO is...

David Robertson, the St. Louis Symphony's musical director, leads the orchestera in this file photo.
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The St. Louis Symphony ended 2016 with the healthiest bottom line in many years. The good news includes the first balanced cash operating budget this century for the institution, which has a budget of $28.1 million, up from $26.6 million last year. The symphony saw growth in philanthropic support, and increased attendance and ticket sales. In a news release, St. Louis Symphony President and CEO, Marie-Hélène Bernard praised the symphony's board and the generosity of the St. Louis area. She cited innovative experiences as factors in the orchestra’s achievements.

David Robertson conducts a performance at Powell Hall in this file photo.
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The St. Louis Symphony will return to New York’s Carnegie Hall in March 2017. Music director David Robertson will lead the symphony and chorus in a performance of John Adams’ “Gospel According to the Other Mary.” The event pays tribute to Adams’ 70th birthday. The performance will include an international vocal ensemble, showcasing singer Kelley O’Connor. The mezzo-soprano performed the 2013 world premiere of the title role of “Gospel” The opera/oratorio chronicles the final weeks of the life...

Vince Schoemehl, former St. Louis mayor and president of Grand Center Inc., talks to 'St. Louis on the Air' host Don Marsh on Jan. 12, 2015, at St. Louis Public Radio in St. Louis.
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Weighing in on how to keep the St. Louis Rams from moving back to Los Angeles, former St. Louis Mayor Vince Schoemehl supports building a new stadium for the team. But the proposed location is wrong, he said. “This building needs to be built in Illinois,” Schoemehl told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday. “We are never going to recapture downtown or reestablish downtown as the center of this region until we create a impetus to rebuild the Illinois side of the river. I think that...

Kris Bueltmann

The Bach Society of Saint Louis continues its Christmas concert tradition on Tuesday, complete with a candlelight procession. “Every time I maybe mention the Bach Society and their Christmas candlelight concert that they are performing, anybody I speak with will go, ‘Oh! Oh!’ and they kind of stop in their tracks because they do remember that procession,” soprano Jane Jennings said. “It’s riveting. It’s breathtaking.” The candlelight procession will be after intermission. “This is one of the...

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Thousands of St. Louis-area residents celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with ceremonies, music and marches over the three-day weekend. Christ Church Cathedral in downtown St. Louis hosted readings on Monday of King's writings, sermons and speeches from the same pulpit where he once preached 50 years ago. The slain civil rights leader was also celebrated at the Old Courthouse downtown where, more than 160 years ago, slaves waged a legal battle for freedom. The crowd in the...

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If youre planning to be in downtown St. Louis for the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up or other events on Monday, youll need to take note of the following road closures for the Martin Luther King Day march . Closures along the route will begin at 10:30 a.m. Assembly for the parade, which goes from the Old Courthouse to Powell Symphony Hall, begins at 11 a.m. at the Courthouse, and marchers will step off at 11:30 a.m. The route is as follows: From the Old Courthouse (4th and Market), west on Market to...

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Today on St. Louis on the Air , we got a little peek at what Ira Glass fans can expect this weekend at Powell Hall. The voice behind PRIs This American Life will recreate moments from the show live on stage with the distinctive sounds, voices, and music TAL fans have come to know-- but there wont be any fancy mixing console or many recognizable radio props on stage. Glass says, Ill run it all from my iPad.

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Listening to our broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday, Feb. 12? When it airs, you can follow along with the featured Mozart Arias - in English! Below is your very own version of the insert included in the program distributed for the performance at Powell Hall. And while you wait for the performance, check out the St. Louis Symphony rehearsing for Saturday's show . Happy listening! (Click here to listen to the broadcast) Mozart Arias Translations - St. Louis Symphony