In 2011 Opera Theatre of St. Louis (OTSL) received a grant to commission three new operas. The first, Champion, an intense, tragic take on the life of boxer Emile Griffith, composed by jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard, premiered last season. This season's entry, 27, based on the life of author and a ... More >>
In this week's print edition, renowned pianist and songwriter Ben Folds makes the case that going on a date at the symphony is akin to foreplay -- that the atmosphere is a perfect prelude to a little bump and grind. We could say that about many musical endeavors. After all, music and sex have been i ... More >>
Ben Folds has a notion that may help orchestras around the world draw new ticket buyers. "People, this will get you laid," the renowned alt-rock pianist declares. Folds, who performs with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra April 12 and 13 as part of its Live at Powell Hall series, has made his respe ... More >>
Destruction isn't something commonly associated with symphonies. But building-crushing sound is at the heart of a particularly eye-catching promotion for the St. Louis Symphony's performance of Sergei Prokofiev's Scythian Suite. The "Save Powell Hall" campaign has been the St. Louis Symphony's vehi ... More >>
Courtesy of the artistBen Folds with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra Powell Hall November 6, 2012 As he sat behind Powell Symphony Hall's grand piano and sang the phrase "Kiss my ass goodbye," the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra echoed his melody with trumpets and Ben Folds smiled the smile of ... More >>
Courtesy of the artist.This Sunday, Ben Folds performs a sold-out show at Powell Hall alongside the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. We talked to the versatile, potty-mouthed and misunderstood performer during a rare moment of rest between rehearsing for one of his many orchestral concerts and j ... More >>
image viaDavid Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony will be back for another season.It's still only about halfway through the current orchestral season, but the St. Louis Symphony believes in planning ahead. And so, late last week, the orchestra announced its offerings for the 2011-12 season, ... More >>
Dennis Brown, Lew Prince and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene
With his spiky, greying mullet, Bob Dylan shades and hotel room drink in a plastic cup, Glenn Branca cuts a mean, iconic hipster figure, a pure punk aesthete who for 30 years has been taking music -- call it rock, call it classical, call it Post-Minimalist, call it Maximalist -- to places the most s ... More >>
The SLSO is off and running
All you violinists can stay home
Opera Theatre concludes its season with a bel canto bang.
Conspicuous consumption: Opera Theatre of Saint Louis spins a smooth La traviata.
The Saint Louis Symphony is ready to hit the high-tech notes.
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.
Rockets' red glare and a concert
A devastatingly moving Opera Theatre double bill
Opera Theatre of St. Louis sends an opera on its maiden voyage
Opera Theatre of St. Louis tackles a tough adaptation of Hamlet and nails it
In Lucia di Lammermoor, Donizetti scores a trifecta: murder, madness and suicide
The maestro's tumultuous tenure with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra comes to a close
"Night at the Oscars" juxtaposes the music of the St. Louis Symphony with clips from acclaimed films
The Eroica Trio bring their lovely harmonies and visages to St. Louis
If the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra does not raise $29 million by the end of this year, it's bankrupt
Taking on the classic Georges Bizet tragedy is another step in Union Avenue Opera Theatre's ongoing success story