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St. Louis classical calendar for the week of May 11, 2015

Empire Brass
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The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis presents a concert by the Empire Brass and organist Douglas Major on Wednesday, May 13, at 8 p.m. "The Empire Brass enjoys an international reputation as North America's finest brass quintet, renowned for its brilliant virtuosity and the unparalleled diversity of its repertoire. The five musicians – all of whom have held leading positions with major American orchestras – perform over 100 concerts a year in cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, Washington, London, Zurich and Tokyo. Douglas Major, organist, is a prominent American composer of sacred music and concert organist. He is the former choral director and organist at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., where he frequently performed on nationally-televised services and state occasions." The Cathedral is at 4431 Lindell in the Central West End. For more information:

The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis presents Hard Core Classics 2015 on Tuesday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. "Sylvia McNair will be our Special Guest Artist. Ms. McNair will be featured with the St. Louis Women's HOPE Chorale to sing Paul Rueter's Temple Built in Trust and Hope." The performance features music by Mozart and Mendelssohn and takes place in The Sheldon Concert Hall at 3648 Washington. For more information:

The Confluence Chamber Orchestra presents Musical Postcards on Sunday, May 17, at 3 p.m. "A hour of musical postcards from around the world sent by Boccherini, Bach, Handel, Telemann, Bizet, Grieg, Janacek, Gottschalk and Hofeldt. Join our multi-generational orchestra for punch and cookies afterward." The concert takes place at St. Joseph Church, 106 N. Meramec in Clayton. For more information:

Arnie Roth conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Distant Worlds, a concert of music from the Final Fantasy video game series, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., May 15 and 16. "Including music from all fourteen games and an HD video presentation of exclusive content from game developers SQUARE ENIX, experience the entertainment phenomenon that has thrilled audiences all over the globe." The concerts take place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

The Tavern of Fine Arts presents a classical open stage night on Monday, May 11, from 7:30 – 9 PM. “Come by yourself or bring your quartet. Sight read through a Beethoven quartet or use this as an opportunity to put the finishing touches on that Hindemith Viola Sonata you have been working on. All ages and skill levels are welcome. We have a 6' grand piano and an accompanist.” The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

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