Sunday, December 06, 2015

St. Louis classical calendar for the week of December 7, 2015

The Bach Society at St. Stanislaus Church
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The Bach Society of St. Louis presents Let's Talk (and Sing) Bach on Tuesday, December 8 at noon. "Maestro A. Dennis Sparger talks about the composer's life, his music, and how his music has shaped the 75-year history of the Bach Society of Saint Louis Chorus and Orchestra. Of course, music is not all about talk, so two of the Society's gifted Young Artists, accompanied by Sandra Geary, will provide musical examples." The event takes place at the Missouri History Museum at Lindell and Debaliviere in Forest Park. For more information:

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis presents Christmas at the Cathedral on Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., December 12 and 13, at the cathedral at 4431 Lindell. "This year experience something new as we present the Sonos Handbell ensemble with mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade in this special concert of Christmas favorites as they join the Archdiocesan Choirs for Christmas at the Cathedral." For more information:

The St. Louis Ambassadors of Harmony present Sounds of the Season on Friday at 8 p.m., and Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m. December 11-13. The a cappella chorus presents a show that combines comedy and the lighter side of popular holiday songs with classic carols and sacred music that tell the story of the season. The performance takes place at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the UMSL campus. For more information:

The St. Louis Art Museum presents a high-definition video broadcast of the Metropolitan Opera's production Mozart's The Magic Flute on Saturday, December 12, at 21:55 p.m. "The groundbreaking broadcast that launched the Met's award-winning Live in HD series to movie theaters in 2006, The Magic Flute enchanted opera lovers from around the world with the whimsical humor and breathtaking puppetry of Julie Taymor's hit production, presented in a shortened English-language version. Under the baton of Maestro James Levine, a winning ensemble cast-including Nathan Gunn, Ying Huang, Matthew Polenzani, Erika Miklósa, and René Pape-brings fresh life to Mozart's timeless fairy tale." 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:

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David Robertson conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in The Music of John Williams on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., December 11-13. The program includes music from Home Alone, Harry Potter and Star Wars and other classic film scores. The concerts take place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand in Grand Center. For more information:

Second Presbyterian Church presents Advent Vespers on Sunday, December 13, at 5 p.m. "Experience the joyful anticipation of Advent in this service of readings and music. The Second Church Choir, Handbell Choir, and organist Andrew Peters offer a program of music to give listeners an opportunity to pause in the midst of the hectic holiday season. The Vespers service also includes congregational hymns and readings. Free and open to the public." The church is at 4501 Westminster Place in the Central West End. For more information:

The Tavern of Fine Arts presents classical guitarists Adam Gabbert and David Ferrara in a joint solo guitar recital on Saturday, December 12, at 8 p.m. The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

The Town and Country Symphony Orchestra presents a special Holiday Concert on Sunday, December 13, at 2:30 PM. "The Orchestra also performs in a variety of musical styles - classical, pops, Christmas pops, operettas, and oratorios." The performance takes place in Ridgway Auditorium at The Principia, 13201 Clayton Road. For more information:

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