Sunday, May 08, 2016

St. Louis classical calendar for the week of May 9th, 2016

The Bach Society at St. Stainslaus Church
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The Bach Society of St. Louis presents an Bach's Mass in B Minor on Sunday, May 15, at 3 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood, 100 East Adams Ave. “Bach's monumental Mass in B minor, the first work performed by the Bach Society in 1941, celebrates our past, present and future. Joining the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra as soloists are four guest artists from across the county: soprano Sherezade Panthaki, countertenor Jay Carter, tenor Kyle Stegall and bass-baritone Dashon Burton.” For more information:

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis presents the a cappella choir Cathedra on Friday at 8 p.m., May 13, at the cathedral at 4431 Lindell. "Established in 2010, Cathedra has already achieved high acclaim, not least for its “beautiful, blended sound” (The Washington Post). Specializing in music of both the Renaissance and Baroque and a champion of the modern-day composer, Cathedra is a highly skilled ensemble of professional singers and instrumentalists, dedicated to bringing the highest form of musical expression to music from across the ages." For more information:

Nico Muhly
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation presents members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra performing works by Nico Muhly on Wednesday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. The performance takes place in the newly renovated space at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, 3716 Washington. For more information:

Susie Benchasil Seiter conducts the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m., May 14 and 15. "Brought to life by the STL Symphony accompanied by exciting visuals on a giant screen, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise's most memorable melodies. Performances take place at Powell Symphony Hall, 718 North Grand. For more information:

The Town and Country Symphony Orchestra performs Dvorak's New World Symphony and Rossini's Semiramide Overture on Sunday, May 15, 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:

The Tavern of Fine Arts presents a classical open stage night on Monday, May 9 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 Tavern of Fine Arts presents soprano Kate Glass and pianist Jon Garrett in an evening of songs by Samuel Barber on Thursday, May 12 at 8 p.m. “Join Kate Glass, soprano, along with Jon Garrett, piano, to hear works from Samuel Barber's extensive opus for voice, including the unique and extraordinary 'Knoxville Summer of 1915.' She will survey music from his early years to his last Three Songs.” The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

Anne Timberlake and Jeff Noonan
The Tavern of Fine Arts presents Anne Timberlake on recorder and Jeff Noonan on theorbo and Baroque guitar on Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m. “Acclaimed recorder virtuoso Anne Timberlake offers a program for recorder that ranges from the Middle Ages into the High Baroque. A number of the pieces on the program focus on the Renaissance and Baroque technique of playing divisions or variations. These include a set of variations on John Dowland's famous Lachrimae Pavan by German composer Johann Schop as well as a set of divisions over a ground by English composer Godfrey Finger. In addition, the program features several works by early baroque composers, Austrian Heinrich Schmelzer and Italian Giovanni Pandolfi Mealli. Both composers wove virtuoso variations on a repeated bass line into their mid-seventeenth-century experiments with the newly-invented sonata. The High Baroque era is represented by two exciting and charming late sonatas by the Italian flute and oboe virtuoso Francesco Barsanti. Anne will be accompanied throughout the program by Jeff Noonan playing theorbo and he will offer a handful of solo pieces from the early seventeenth century for that instrument.” The Tavern of Fine Arts is at 313 Belt in the Debaliviere Place neighborhood. For more information:

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