The founders of St. Louis group Letter to Memphis certainly know a good thing when they see it -- or hear it. "The Sheldon," Gene Starks says with more than a little reverence in his voice. "That room is its own instrument." "It's a very special room," adds Devon Cahill, almost whispering. The es ... More >>
New York native and writer Anthony Stoeckert could have started his CentralJersey.com review of the beloved musical Meet Me in St. Louis with a note about the stars, the charming score, the set design or, really, anything about the show. But he didn't. Instead, he came after St. Louis, wondering in ... More >>
Alarm Will Sound paints electronica with all the colors of an orchestra. By arranging the works of composers like Steve Reich, Tyondai Braxton and John Orfe, the ensemble provides a live exploration of classical sound. Alarm Will Sound is a big band, twenty strong, with an emphasis on rhythmic drive ... More >>
St. Louis will continue to be graced by the presence of world-class music director David Robertson through the St. Louis Symphony's 2017-2018 season, according to a press release sent out by the organization today. The revered conductor began his run with the SLSO in 2005.
Congratulations to St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Michael Wacha, who won more than 40 percent of the votes in the battle for the title of 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year.
Who had the biggest impact on St. Louis in 2013? You tell us. Mayor Francis Slay released the top five finalists for the 2013 St. Louis Person of the Year award Thursday, although only one is actually a person.
The St. Louis Symphony made an appearance at Carnegie Hall this past weekend, performing Benjamin Britten's Peter Grimes on what would have been the composer's 100th birthday. Critical acclaimed followed an extended standing ovation upon the close of the performance, with the New York Times calling ... More >>
In this week's print edition we interviewed Lewis Black, a comic who is just angry enough to make you laugh. In addition to the Grammys he has under his belt for standup, Black is also a playwright, author and a regular recurring guest on the Daily Show. Standup comedy started as a fascination and a ... More >>
The James Beard Foundation is kind of a big deal. The annual awards go to chefs across the country that are the best-of-the-best, and even being named a finalist is pretty prestigious. Gerard Craft (from Niche, Pastaria, Taste and Brasserie, but you knew that) lost out to Colby Garrelts of Bluestem ... More >>
I got the call early, about an hour and a half before the news hit the Internet. A friend and I had just toured the Compton Hill Water Tower and were commenting on the beauty of south city and how amazing the buildings looked among the trees. Then my friend Jim called. His voice was low, and and he ... More >>
Karaoke can be a dangerous endeavor. What can you sing that won't make friends shun you? How can you go balls-out during your next performance? Each week in "Ask a Karaoke Host," RFT Music writer and professional karaoke host Allison Babka answers your burning questions about maximizing your melodio ... More >>
I want to play a game. Just real quick, okay? It won't take but a second, I promise. Oh, quit frowning. Seriously, it will be super fast and over before you know it. (No jokes about my sex life, please.) We're going to play a word association game. Just one round, one word. I want you to say th ... More >>
No American songwriter has produced a more malleable, sing-able and shareable body of work than Woodrow Wilson Guthrie. Decades after his death, his archives continue to yield sweet, unfinished fruit for the likes of Jay Farrar, Billy Bragg and the Klezmatics (for starters) and his songs continue to ... More >>
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Photo by Brian FriedmanStandup Bill Burr, coming to the Pageant this weekendNobody personifies wise-ass East Coast standup quite like the Boston-born Bill Burr (he once told an entire crowd of heckling Philadephians, "I hope your mother has herpes in the center of her asshole"). Yet he's schedule ... More >>
Rosanne Cash has endured some seriously heavy blows over the last decade. She lost her father and step-mother (Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, respectively) over the course of a few months in 2003. Six weeks after her father's passing, her step-sister was found dead on bus in Tennessee. A c ... More >>
This one doesn't make the cut, unfortunately.It's Fourth of July weekend, and in the haze of the heat, barbecue, domestic beer, and red-white-and-blue buntings, it's easy to get caught up in ranting-chanting, "USA! USA! USA!" The founding fathers and a lot of musicians might not agree with ... More >>
Image sourceThe Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra made a triumphant New York debut last Tuesday, June 8, at a benefit performance in Riverside Church, earning a rave review in today's New York Times. "Significant collective and individual preparation had clearly gone into their ... More >>
Over the weekend, the Saint Louis Symphony gave a preview of Powerful Percussion, the concert it will be performing at Carnegie Hall in New York this season. The highlight of the show was undoubtedly the second number, Tan Dun's Water Concerto for Water Percussion and Orchestra, in which percussioni ... More >>
If you missed any of these items posted last week on the Daily RFT -- or were like some of us and just checked-out for the holidays by Monday -- here's your chance to catch up before you have to do any real work this morning.Michael Jackson Watched Donald Duck to Fall Asleep, Exercised with Incredib ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/bottleofbluesThe SLSO onstage at Powell Hall.This past season has been a banner one for the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Not only did music director David Robertson make his singing and kazoo-playing debut at Carnegie Hall and management negotiate a three-year labor agreement wi ... More >>
David Robertson, the conductor of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, is a man of many talents, some of which he displayed at Carnegie Hall in New York last weekend.Robertson can sing silly nursery rhymes. Robertson can play the kazoo. Robertson can also play the slide whistle. Robertson can do all th ... More >>
It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, rock. "Scene ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out local theater.
We find out what rocked across the country in 2007.
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The arrival of a brilliant conductor was drowned out by labor discord. Now the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra begins a new season -- with some strings attached.
We talk Japanese-style and chat with L.P.
It's homecoming week for two St. Louis-born theater luminaries
Wednesday-Saturday, May 14-17; Jazz at the Bistro
Spinal Tap tapped, the Folksmen turn it way down from 11
Tom McDermott left the Lou for the Big Easy eighteen years ago, but he's holding our musical traditions deep in his heart
Friday, June 28; Pageant
The voice of Flanders is the voice of reason, absatively posilutely
Composer Philip Glass and timpanist Jonathan Haas move the kettledrums to the front of the Powell Hall stage
Scott Joplin receives a celebratory homecoming with Opera Theatre of St. Louis' revival of Treemonisha
Like many great artists, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg has an inner fire, but all some critics see is smoke
Singer/songwriter Tom Paxton is still just folk
Comedienne Lea Delaria brings her renowned cabaret act home to St. Louis
A Point-ed exchange with KPNT program director Allan Fee