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 >>
Temperatures dropped drastically earlier this week, and during our morning walk to the office (not to mention the subsequent walk back to our cars when it's already dark outside), we can't quite feel our toes. Luckily, plenty of opportunities to resuscitate those little piggies via dancing exist ove ... More >>
In 2005, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra was struggling: Labor disputes, falling revenue and diminishing credibility threatened the group, which has existed since 1880. It's safe to say times have changed: the SLSO is now world-class -- it recently returned from a successful European tour and music ... More >>
This week's Most Triumphant Beard of the Week award goes unequivocally to Map's and Atlases' Dave Davison, whose facial hair would be worthy of IFC's cut-throat Whisker Wars competitions -- if that show is still a thing, anyway (I sure hope so, but doubt it). Jack Passion would be proud. Maps and At ... 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 >>
Final Fantasy IV was merely a collection of sprites shoved into a 16-bit cartridge. But under the simple exterior was a revolution, a game that helped make the Final Fantasy saga the most dominant role playing game series in the world. Today's beard-stroking gamers possibly encountered RPGs thro ... More >>
Robin UtzThe flatbreads and Melon Chorizo & Alcachofa PintxoThis weekend, Gut Check had plans to see a show at Powell Hall. (We do things other than eat, you know!) This gave us a perfect opportunity to check out the tapas and atmosphere at the newly opened Café Pintxos (3407 Olive Street; 3 ... More >>
Deborah HylandIt's important that a cake blend into its surroundings. Who knew?Remember Perry White, editor of the Daily Planet and Superman's Clark Kent's hectoring boss? That's the way Gut Check likes to think of our boss. (But only with the utmost fondness.) Like on Friday night, when he ... More >>
It's still 25 days till Christmas, but Hanukkah starts tomorrow, and hoo boy does the St. Louis Symphony have a gift for you! No, it's not music. Which would actually be pretty nice. No, the Symphony has teamed up with Build-a-Bear Workshop to create a special symphonic Build-a-Bear. It does ... More >>
A team of unearthly gumshoes spent a recent evening searching the St. Louis Symphony's Powell Hall for signs of the paranormal. The building on Grand Avenue dates back to 1925 and is said to haunted by George, a mustachioed ghost in a tuxedo, as well as other spirits. The St. Louis Ghost Hunters ... More >>
The May 14 Ozomatli show originally scheduled to be with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has been moved to Blueberry Hill's Duck Room. The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is no longer playing with the band. The show will start at 8 p.m. and tickets are $15. According to a press release from SLSO, peop ... 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 >>
Interactive Town Hall Meeting at PowellThe Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO) got all interactive on patrons at its first-ever "Town Hall Meeting" Tuesday evening at Powell Hall. With HEC-TV broadcasting live, music director David Robertson and president Fred Bronstein breezed through an hour-lon ... More >>
It's only fitting that tomorrow's inauguration of the nation's first African-American president comes a day after we celebrate the life of a man who gave his life fighting for racial equality. Today St. Louisans will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a number of ways ... More >>
7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, February 14 and 15. Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts (3716 Washington Boulevard).
Out of "classical"
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.
Saying goodbye to Hans Vonk
In 2001, the cultural events that mattered proved exceptions to the rules
A great orchestra at great risk, the SLSO seeks major donors to close the endowment gap between their $28 million and the $100 million of their competitors
Powell Symphony Hall is overtaken by giant shadow puppets
Risk-taking composer John Adams conducts the St. Louis Symphony
Isaac Hayes performs in the hallowed halls of Powell as part of the Blues, Roots, Honks and Moans Festival