Opera Theatre of St. Louis presents Music, Courage, and Belief in Dialogues of the Carmelites. "Based on true story of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution, Dialogues of the Carmelites challenges modern understandings of faith and courage, asking audiences to contemplate the true meaning of sacrifice. Guest speaker Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Society of the Sacred Heart, will lead off the conversation with reflections on this true story, joined on the panel by conductor Ward Stare, director Robin Guarino, and soprano Christine Brewer." It's part of their Spotlight on Opera, a series of four insightful dialogues exploring the ideas in each season's opera, and it takes place on Monday, June 2, at 7:30 PM at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road. For more information, you may visit experienceopera.org or call 314-961-0644.
Campbell House Museum and Union Avenue Opera present Arias in the Afternoon on Sunday, June 8, at 1 PM. The program features performances by David Dillard, Gina Malone, Johanna Nordhorn, and Vera Parkin on piano, as well as a light lunch, wine tasting, and the Campbell House's "magnificently restored interiors." The Campbell House Museum is at 1508 Locust Street. For more information: campbellhousemuseum.org.
The Tavern of Fine Arts presents The Collective Chamber Ensemble on Monday, June 2, at 8 PM. "The Collective Chamber Ensemble performs at Tavern of Fine Arts on Monday, June 2 at 8 PM. Collective was conceived by composer Thomas Winkler. The goal of the group is to create an open forum for creative thinking. The musicians are selected on the basis of ingenuity and distinguished achievements in performance. While Thomas acts as the composer for most of their repertoire, each performer is invited to offer their ideas and perspective. They hope to achieve an identity as a group while at the same time maintaining the integrity of each individual musician. Through continued collaboration and unique interpretations, the ensemble aspires to bring to life the music of modern composers." The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information: tavern-of-fine-arts.blogspot.com.
The Tavern of Fine Arts presents a Mark Sparks Flute SuperClass Recital on Wednesday, June 4, at 5:30 PM. "Flute SuperClass is the brainchild of St. Louis Symphony Principal Flute, Mark Sparks. The classes, which are taught by Mr. Sparks in St. Louis, are specialized training courses for advanced flute players who are seeking to refine their skills on their way to becoming top professional classical flutists. Most of the players are students from major conservatories of music in the U.S., including The Eastman School of Music, Rice University, and Northwestern University. The recitals at the Tavern top off several days of intensive study and performance for the flutists, and will feature well-known flute repertoire such as Poulenc's Sonata for Flute and Piano. The performers will be accompanied by pianist Susan Snyder, of the Interlochen Arts Academy." The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information: tavern-of-fine-arts.blogspot.com.
The Tavern of Fine Arts presents The Ursa Ensemble in Collaboration in Concert on Saturday, June 7, at 8 PM. "The Ursa Ensemble was launched recently with the goal of presenting unique, collaborative, and engaging performances of classical music. Their innovative concerts feature collaboration with guest artists (such as painters and cartoonists) and audience participation, known as the Collaboration In Concert Series." The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information: tavern-of-fine-arts.blogspot.com.