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After years of poor health and drug addiction, David Crosby is staging a late-career rebound. [5/13/19]
Anna Webber

David Crosby is a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer twice over: inducted in 1991 for his work as a founding member of The Byrds and again six years later for the folk-rock supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash.

That group, with the addition of Neil Young, earned its pedigree as a major voice of the Woodstock generation by famously playing its second-ever live gig at that festival, following a warmup the day before.

After years of well-publicized backstage acrimony, serious health problems and struggles with drug abuse, Crosby has emerged with a late-career renaissance. Now 77, he’s collaborating with a new circle of younger musicians and has released four albums in five years, with another on the way.

Will DeWitt says his goal with this competition is to help "the next big sound" emerge from St. Louis.  5/18/18
Jeremy D. Goodwin

Does St. Louis have talent?

OK, it’s clear the answer to that is “yes.” But an upcoming competition offers a chance for local musicians who are trying to break into the music business to have their work heard by industry insiders and maybe even get that big break.

St. Louis Sound, a music competition modeled on TV shows like “America’s Got Talent” and “The Voice,” is headed for The Sheldon Concert Hall on June 7. Bands and solo artists are invited to submit one song for consideration, with 10 finalists taking the stage the night of the event to perform and receive critiques from a panel of judges.

Aine O'Connor | St. Louis Public Radio

Erin Bode, Brian Owens, Diane Reeves, Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, David Sanborn…these are just some of the names in local piano legend Peter Martin’s figurative rolodex. He’s performed with them all, and he’s crossed off every name on his musical bucket list—except for one.

Aine O'Connor, St. Louis Public Radio

Next week, New Line Theatre will celebrate its 25th anniversary by opening the regional premiere of “Heathers” in its brand-new digs: The Marcelle Theater, a new 150-seat black box theatre space in Grand Center built by Ken and Nancy Kranzberg.

It’s a move back to a black box for Artistic Director Scott Miller, which he says he has been hoping to do for years. In addition to changing up the set design, a challenge Scenic and Lighting Designer Rob Lippert is eager to meet, the move also heralds a change in show lineup: The theatre company will now do four shows per season.

Why put on another 9/11 concert? 'We need it.'

Sep 16, 2015
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Provided by the Sheldon

In 2011, a dedicated congregation of regional leaders representing arts and faith organizations gave life to a concert to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Center tragedy. It is fast becoming a late-summer tradition.

That first Arts and Faith concert was a standing-room-only success -- it was also a soul-inspiring, deeply affecting success.

Electronic musician brings new flavor to Alarm Will Sound

May 27, 2015
Alarm Will Sound rehearses "Unfair for the Common Man" Ryan Mcneely
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

While studying music at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, Ryan Mcneely presented one professor with a part-classical part-jazz composition. According to Mcneely, his professor reacted with a sneering question and dismissed the work.

“Why are you even here?”

‘Country Boy’ Ricky Skaggs returns to St. Louis

Feb 20, 2015
Country and bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in St. Louis on Feb. 28, 2015.
Skaggs Family Records

Ricky Skaggs started playing the mandolin in the hills of Kentucky at age 5. Fifty-five years later, he’s still in love with what he calls “old-time mountain music.”

“That real traditional thread running through the fabric of the music scene, I’ve always been drawn to that,” Skaggs told “Cityscape” guest host Jim Althoff. “I’ve always felt, too, that if that particular thread ever gets pulled out, I think the whole piece of cloth can just unravel. It’s a very important part of what we need desperately to hold on to and honor.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 7, 2010 - Friday evening at the Sheldon Galleries in Grand Center was an ingathering of the clan, a rigorously unorganized group of men and women who've been interested keenly in the visual arts in St. Louis -- not just recently, but for decades. Many decades. Some for more than half a century. A long time, by any calculation.

As a group, those of us who've maintained our membership in the clan have watched with interest when activity in the arts has been supercharged and exhilarating, and with dismay when interest in drawings and paintings and sculptures has gone slack.

Sheldon shines spotlight on young musical talent

Sep 14, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, April 14, 2009 - It’s a showcase of young musical talent from St. Louis that has a decidedly international feel. Mei Mey Segura Wang of Costa Rica and Mariana Lanes Fernandes of Brazil are half of a classical quartet from the University of Missouri St. Louis that leads off a concert tonight at the Sheldon Concert Hall.