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St. Louis classical calendar for the week of January 11, 2016

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The Bach Society of St. Louis presents a Young Artist Recital on Sunday, January 17, at 4 p.m. "The Young Artist Scholarship Program was established in 1989 to provide performance experience and enhance professional training for career-oriented soloists, some of whom now sing in concert halls and opera houses across the country. The 2014-2015 Young Artists are joined by pianist Sandra Geary for an afternoon featuring Bach solo arias and duets, as well as personal favorites from operatic and recital repertoire. Enjoy hearing soprano Madalyn Mentor, mezzo soprano Katherine Menke, tenor Jimmy Stevens and baritone Ravi Raghuram on their path to careers as soloists. Presented jointly with the Couts Music Series of Second Presbyterian Church. Free admission." The concert takes place at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End. For more information:

The Missouri Chamber Music Festival presents Pro Jam for the ProAm Thursday, January 14, at 6 p.m. " Join the Missouri Chamber Music Festival for a chamber music party celebrating MOCM's Pro-Am Intensive Workshop. Guaranteed fun, whether you join the chamber music readings with our Pros or just sit back and listen." The event takes place at The Tavern of Fine Arts, 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

The St. Louis Art Museum presents a high-definition video broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production Bizet's The Pearl Fishers on Saturday, January 16, at 1 p.m. "Bizet's gorgeous opera of lust and longing set in the Far East returns to the Met stage for the first time in 100 years. Soprano Diana Damrau stars as Leïla, the beautiful Hindu priestess pursued by rival pearl divers competing for her hand. Director Penny Woolcock explores the timeless themes of pure love, betrayal, and vengeance in a production that vividly creates an undersea world on the stage of the Met." The live digital HD video broadcast from New York takes place in The Farrell Auditorium at the Art Museum in Forest Park. For more information:

David Robertson
The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra conducted by David Robertson presents Olivier Messaien's From the Canyons to the Stars on Saturday, January 16, at 8 PM at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand. The performance features piano soloist Peter Henderson and video artist Deborah O'Grady. "After a 1972 visit to Bryce Canyon and neighboring parks, French composer Olivier Messiaen set out to create an extraordinary musical creation capturing the vastness of National Parks in the American West. From the Canyons to the Stars..., a monumental work never performed in St. Louis, features intoxicating colors and beguiling rhythms alongside projected video and images of nature by visual artist Deborah O'Grady and insightful commentary led by Music Director, David Robertson. This awesome musical narrative is performed in honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Park System." For more information:

The Tavern of Fine Arts presents a classical open stage night on Monday, January 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:

The Arianna String Quartet
The Touhill Performing Arts Center presents The Arianna Orchestra Festival on Tuesday, January 12, at 6 PM. "The Arianna String Quartet proudly presents it's annual Orchestra Festival. Providing the best educational opportunities for the next generation of our best musicians has always been a primary mission of the Arianna String Quartet. This festival is certainly no exception. After a day of rehearsals, sectionals, masterclasses and touring the campus with members of the Arianna String Quartet, three of the top high school orchestras in our area will perform beginning at 6 p.m. in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall. All three orchestra will perform under the direction of our very own Dr. James Richards. Please join us and experience what these young people are able to accomplish in a day by helping us celebrate this great night of music and the immense talent of these students." The Touhill Performing Arts Center in on the University of Missouri at St. Louis campus. For more information:

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