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Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra Live At Lincoln Center

For the second time, the Kirkwood High School Symphonic Orchestra is preparing for a trip to New York City.  In March of 2010, the ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall, one of three orchestras invited to do so.  The orchestra has again been honored by its selection to compete in the prestigious National Orchestra Cup on March 2, 2013 in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall.  The KHS Symphonic Orchestra will compete with several other orchestras from around the county for the title of Grand Champion and the National Cup.

Last May, the students kicked off their “Live at Lincoln Center” fundraising campaign.  So far, their efforts have generated $57,000 of the $78,000 necessary to fund the four-day trip.

Just as was the case with the trip to Carnegie, the orchestra’s fundraising efforts will be bolstered by a benefit concert.  Kirkwood students will be joined by a number of renowned alumni for the “Live from Lincoln Center” Benefit Concert on Dec. 21.

Emmy and Grammy award winner and Broadway producer, orchestrator and recording star John McDaniel will join a number of alums including musical prodigy and cellist Patrice Jackson, siblings Meg, Liz and J Freivogel and the Dickinson Family fiddling group, among others.  The concert concludes with a double bass performance by KHS Symphonic Orchestra Director Patrick Jackson who is also the father of Patrice.

Director Patrick Jackson and Meg Freivogel, violinist in the Jupiter String Quartet, were Steve Potter’s guests on Cityscape today.  They discussed the KHS orchestra program, the opportunities a performance in New York provides for the students, the benefit concert and Meg’s experiences as a student at KHS in Patrick’s program.

Related Event

Kirkwood High School Presents "Live at Lincoln Center" Benefit Concert
Friday, December 21, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Keating Performing Arts Center at Kirkwood High School, 801 W. Essex

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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