This is the time of year for excess. In the case of credit card usage, that's a bad thing; but in terms of music, there's nothing wrong with a bit of excess. The holiday season sees every performing group in the metro area putting on a show (good excess), but you can easily go broke if you try to experience them all (bad excess). Fortunately, a few groups present their programs free of charge -- that's very much in tune with the giving spirit of the season, by the way. The University of Missouri-St. Louis Department of Music is one of these finer... More >>>