Bobby McFerrin is a multi-faceted vocalist. A 10-time Grammy winner, he has blurred the lines between pop music and fine art and has inspired a generation of a cappella singers. He is best known for his hit, Don’t Worry, Be Happy, which explores the limits of the human voice. But while he is certainly pleased with the song’s success, he does not want to be defined by it.
Ricky Skaggs got an early start in music. At the age of 5, we woke up one morning to find that his parents had left a pint sized mandolin in his bed. A year later, he played a show with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass and appearances with Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers followed. Before the age of 10, Scruggs was fortunate enough to have performed with three of his heroes. “When you learn music from masters like that at such an early age, that I did, those people stay with you,” Skaggs told St. Louis Public Radio’s Jim Althoff.
The Sheldon bills itself as the perfect place for music and art and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest.” This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Sheldon which was named after Walter Sheldon, who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society. The building was designed by Louis C. Spiering, the architect of the 1904 World’s Fair.
Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson about the orchestra's recently completed European Tour and its 2012-2013 season. Then, St. Louis Public Radio’s Mike Schrand speaks with singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Lowe is currently on a solo acoustic tour and performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 26th. Later in the show, Steve Potter talks with Rod Milam, creator and producer of the University City Musician Documentary Project.