Sunday, May 07, 2017

The St. Louis classical calendar for the week of May 8, 2017

The American Chamber Chorale
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The American Chamber Chorale and the Salem St.-Louis Chamber Orchestra present Bring We Garlands, a concert of music by Vivaldi, Eric Whitacre and Gerald Finzi, on Saturday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. "Love will be in bloom at our season finale! Music for this concert includes Gerald Finzi's beautiful “Romance” and Eric Whitacre's hauntingly beautiful “Five Hebrew Love Songs”, which sets the poetry of his wife Hila Pitmann. Also, we will will perform Gerald Finzi's charming song cycle “Let Us Garlands Bring”, featuring baritone Christopher Stanfill, and music by James Mulholland. The Salem-St. Louis Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi's “Summer” from “The Four Seasons” and will accompany the ACC." The concert takes place at Salem United Methodist Churh, 1200 S. Lindbergh. For more information:

The Bach Society of St. Louis presents a master class on The Art of the Baroque Recitative on Monday, May 8 at 3 p.m. "Every singer of Baroque music has to deal with a highly stylized form of musical speech called 'recitative.' Bach Specialist David Gordon has performed and taught Baroque recitative around the world, and in this lecture/masterclass he will show us how to study, learn, and perform this difficult vocal style. Most of all, he will teach us to love it! Presented in collaboration with Saint Louis University's music program in the department of Fine and Performing Arts." The free event takes place at the St. Francis Xavier College Church on the St. Louis University Campus, 3628 Lindell in Grand Center. For more information:

Guitarist Steve Schenkel
The Bach Society of St. Louis presents Bach at the Bistro on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 p.m. "Bach was known as the master of improvisation. At this one-of-a-kind event, concert-goers will experience the similarities between improvised jazz and Bach's music, giving the listener a better understanding of how the Master of Baroque music continues to influence modern jazz. Presented at Jazz at the Bistro, this event features guitarist Steve Schenkel, pianist Kim Portnoy and tenor David Gordon." The takes place at the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz, 3536 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

New Music Circle presents The New Musc Circle Showcase on Saturday, May 13, at 9 p.m. "Our annual NMC showcase will feature regional and local electronic musicians, DJ's, and video artists. The performance takes place at The William A. Kerr Foundation, 21 O'Fallon St, downtown. For more information: The Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performing music by Philip Glass, GĂ©rard Grisey, and Steve Martland on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. The performance takes place in the newly renovated space at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington. For more information:

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra presents a showing of the classic musical Singin' in the Rain, with the original score performed live by the orchestra, on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., May 13 and 14. "Topping the American Film Institute's list of 25 Greatest Movie Musicals of all time, this masterpiece comes to life on the big screen at Powell Hall. Join us as we celebrate its 65th Anniversary and enjoy the award-winning on-screen performances by Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds with the STL Symphony performing the score live." The event takes place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

Vidwan Prince Rama Varma
Sangeetha presents a South Indian (Carnatic) style vocal concert by Vidwan Prince Rama Varma accompanied by artists on the violin and two percussion instruments (mridangam and ghatam) on Sunday, May 14, at 5 p.m. The concert takes place at the Chesterfield Community Theatre at the West County YMCA, 16464 Burkhardt Place. For more information:

The Sheldon Concert Hall presents the contemporary chamber ensemble Alarm Will Sound on Wednesday, May 10, at 8 p.m. “The ensemble performs the newest music being composed today with energetic virtuosity and a sense of adventure, creating programs that not only span a wide range of styles, but also transform the traditional concert experience itself.” The Sheldon is at 3648 Washington in Grand Center. For more information:

The Town and Country Symphony Orchestra performs Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 and Stensgaard's Concierto Mexicano for marimba and orchestra on Sunday, May 14, at 2:30 p.m. Jeff Barudin is the soloist for the concerto. The performance takes place in Ridgway Auditorium at The Principia, 13201 Clayton Road. For more information:

The Washington University Department of Music presents the DUC Chamber Music Series: Allison Nyquist, violin, Stephanie Hunt, cello, and Charles Metz, fortepiano, on Wednesday, May 10, at 7:30 p.m. The program includes music by Mozart and Haydn. The free event takes place in the Goldberg Formal Lounge in the Danforth Center on the Washington University campus. For more information,

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