Sunday, September 29, 2019

St. Louis classical calendar for the week of September 30, 2019

It's officially fall, but the weather is hot and so is the local classical scene, with concerts from (among others) the SLSO, the Chamber Project, and nationally known organist Christopher Houlihan.

The Bach Society of St. Louis presents Bachtoberfest on Friday, October 4, at 6 pm. " Join us for a festive evening of beer, wine, German fare and Deutschland's favorite drinking songs at the Anheuser Busch Biergarten! Attire is casual or Oktoberfest flair!" The event takes place at the Anheuser Busch Beer Garden, 1200 Lynch. For more information:

Members of The Chamber Project St. Louis
The Chamber Project STL presents a Very Open Rehearsal on Thursday, October 3, from 7 to 8pm. "Be a part of a working rehearsal with Chamber Project St. Louis. Learn about the process of making music in this casual, interactive musical experience. Ask questions about the music, the instruments, the musicians - whatever comes to mind. A moderator will facilitate engagement between the audience and the musicians, who will be preparing a piece for the upcoming concert on October 11." The event takes place at the Thornhill Branch of the St. Louis County Library, 12863 Willowyck Dr. For more information:

Christopher Houlihan
Hope Lutheran Church presents organist Christopher Houlihan in a dedication recital for the church's newly constructed Parsons Pipe Organ on Friday, October 4, at 7:30 pm. "Houlihan's organ dedication recital includes favorites by Bach, Buxtehude, Schumann, Herbert Howells, and excerpts from Louis Vierne's Symphony No. 2. A renowned interpreter of Vierne's organ music, Houlihan's 'Vierne 2012' tour attracted international attention and critical acclaim for his marathon performances of Vierne's six organ symphonies in six major North American cities. The Los Angeles Times called his performance there 'a major surprise of the summer, a true revelation'.” Hope Lutheran Church is at 5218 Neosho Street. For more information:

The St. Louis Chamber Chorus presents Swimming Over London on Sunday, October 6, at 3 pm. "Join the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus for the opening of Barnes' 31st year and another season of inspired choral music. Bob Chilcott's piece Swimming Over London inspires the theme, which is designed to suit the concert's venue. Now an African American masonic lodge, Masonic Prince Hall Grand originally housed a swimming pool! In addition to Chilcott's piece, the repertoire explores the motif of water in legends of submerged cities (Brahms and Edgar Bainton), to music that evokes lakes and rivers in England, Scotland and Poland in part songs celebrating the Thames (Arthur Bliss), Loch Lomond (Vaughan Williams), and the Vistula (Henryk Górecki)." The concert takes place at the Masonic Prince Hall Grand Lodge, 4525 Olive in Midtown. For more information:

Lily Afshar
The St. Louis Classical Guitar Society presents Lily Afshar in Celebrating Women of Classical Guitar on Saturday, October 5, at 8 pm. “Who better to kick off our celebration of women in classical guitar than the first woman in the world to be awarded a Doctor of Music in Guitar Performance? Dr. Lily Afshar holds this claim to fame alongside her long list of equally as impressive accolades. Originally from Iran, her performance will feature Persian and Azerbaijani Ballads which are sure to delight.” The performance takes place at the Ethical Society, 9001 Clayton Road. For more information:

Edo de Waart conducts The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra along with pianist Joyce Yang in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3 and Elgar's Symphony No. 1 on Friday at 10:30 am and Saturday at 8 pm, October 4 and 5. "Two composers, contemporaries yet strangers, poured their whole selves into their music. Pianist Joyce Yang, “an astonishing virtuoso,” makes her SLSO debut. She captures a full kaleidoscope on Rachmaninoff's journey from darkness into light. Elgar's First Symphony was a hit from its first performance, a musical autobiography that surges with pride, love and joy." Performances take place at Powell Symphony Hall in Grand Center. For more information:

Gemma New
Gemma New conducts The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in a free community concert on Friday, October 4, at 7 pm. Sharing the stage with more than 100 music educators in a program that celebrates the importance of music education. The EXTRA CREDIT concert is a special side-by-side concert with musicians of the SLSO that celebrates the contributions of educators who teach music. The erformance takes place at Powell Symphony Hall in Grand Center. For more information:

Gemma New conducts The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Music Without Boundaries on Sunday, October 6, at 3 pm. "Music is a language spoken around the world, with unique regional dialects created through differences in rhythm, style, instrumentation and tradition. In partnership with the World Traveler Gallery at The Magic House, we will travel around the world exploring a variety of music from different cultures." The concert includes works by Bernstein, Ravel, and Mendelssohn. The erformance takes place at Powell Symphony Hall in Grand Center. For more information:

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