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St. Louis Symphony Chorus

Kelly Moffitt | St. Louis Public Radio

A native of St. Louis, Leon Burke III began music studies at age 12. By age 16 he was already conducting. Although he was also interested in science and math, he chose music as his field of study in college, earning a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory and masters and doctorate degrees from the University of Kansas. He also studied as a Fulbright Fellow in Paraguay.

Dilip Vishwanat

The St. Louis Symphony’s IN UNISON Chorus will perform its annual community concert Sunday, April 26 at Greater Grace Church in Ferguson.

Founded 20 years ago under the leadership of Robert Ray, the chorus became a permanent staple with the symphony after a single performance. Directed by Kevin McBeth, the chorus consists of participants from around 40 churches and features music that reflects African and African American culture.

When IN UNISON was founded, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus had already earned a nationwide reputation

Left to Right: Baritone Liam Bonner as Ned Keene, soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford, and Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes.
Julien Jourdes

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - NEW YORK - All is metaphor.

From the embroidery floss used by Ellen Orford to draw the anchor on the sweater of poor, doomed John the Apprentice, to the churning, life-sustaining, murderous tumult of the ocean, each ordinary material, every massive natural phenomenon, all human emotions, all have meaning well beyond the accepted or conscious.

Benjamin Britten in 1968

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - When music director David Robertson takes the podium Saturday to lead the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” light will shine brighter on an already luminous musical tradition in St. Louis. That tradition is the unusual concentration of performances here of music composed by the celebrated musical polymath, a history distinguished by quality and creativity, most certainly -- but also by the sheer frequency of productions.

Movie palace redux at Powell Hall: The Matrix

Apr 4, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In The Matrix, Laurence Fishburne’s character, Morpheus, sums up the elusive subject of the film for our unlikely hero Neo, played by Keanu Reeves: “Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself.”

Thus, it is fitting that The Matrix and the St. Louis Symphony share that same enigmatic quality, as well the Powell Hall stage, this weekend.


Because both defy explanation and both promise a better experience when encountered together.