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Although children shouted for joy when they saw the snow coming down and learned of the school closings throughout the region this morning, I’m willing to imagine that a few thousand schoolkids that were scheduled to bus to Powell Hall for the Tales of Shakespeare Education Concerts were somewhat disappointed. I know everyone at Powell Hall was.

But the St. Louis Symphony hardly ever stops. Musicians have been playing music and teaching music here, there and everywhere morning, noon and night over the last few days. Director of Community Programs Maureen Byrne, one of the busiest women in show business, has been with them every stop of the way and provided these photos.

Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. Principal Flute Mark Sparks conducts master class with students at McKendree University
Friday afternoon, Feb. 19. Principal Flute Mark Sparks conducts master class with students at McKendree University
Friday evening, Feb. 19 at the Hett on the McKendree campus. After a concert Principal Harp Allegra Lilly connects with her first teacher, Ruth Myers
Friday evening, Feb. 19 at the Hett on the McKendree campus. After a concert Principal Harp Allegra Lilly connects with her first teacher, Ruth Myers
At Washington Tabernacle, Brian Owens sings "Motherless Child" with accompaniment from the Heart Quartet for Women's Heart Health Awareness.
Sunday morning, Feb. 21. At Washington Tabernacle, an IN UNISON Church, Brian Owens sings “Motherless Child” with accompaniment from the Heart Quartet for Women’s Heart Health Awareness
Sunday morning, Feb. 21, IN UNISON Scholars (left to right) Valencia Branch, Malena Smith, Maria A. Ellis, Charlene Masona sing at IN UNISON Church partner Union Memorial
Sunday morning, Feb. 21, IN UNISON Scholars (left to right) Valencia Branch, Malena Smith, Maria A. Ellis and Charlene Masona sing at IN UNISON Church partner Union Memorial
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21. Children from the International Institute make their way from their bus to Powell Hall for a Family Concert
Sunday afternoon, Feb. 21. Families from the International Institute make their way from their bus to Powell Hall for a Family Concert
After the concert audience members from the International Institute get their picture taken with Symphony violist Leonid Gotman, who came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union
After the concert audience members from the International Institute get their picture taken with Symphony violist Leonid Gotman, who came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union
New St. Louis Symphony fans from the International Institute
New St. Louis Symphony fans from the International Institute
Monday afternoon, Feb. 22. The Symphony's Elizabeth Chung and Ann Choomack perform at the Siteman Cancer Center
Monday afternoon, Feb. 22. The Symphony’s Elizabeth Chung and Ann Choomack perform at the Siteman Cancer Center
Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, a Symphony In Your Neighborhood concert at Tower Grove Park. An SRO audience in Piper Palm House hears Jooyeon Kong, Eva Kozma, Morris Jacob and Anne Fagerburg perform.
Tuesday evening, Feb. 23, a Symphony In Your Neighborhood concert at Tower Grove Park. An SRO audience in Piper Palm House hears Jooyeon Kong, Eva Kozma, Morris Jacob and Anne Fagerburg perform.

 

 

On and On, and On, and On

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Friday night the Black History Month Concert: Lift Every Voice featured R&B/Gospel legend Patti Austin. She shared many stories with the audience and sang up a storm–but don’t blame her for the snow.

Patti Austin and St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus grab a photo op on the grand staircase.
Patti Austin and St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus grab a photo op on the grand staircase.

At intermission of the BHM concert, following a performance of Adam Maness’ Divides That Bind, the composer and Brian Owens, who read text by Martin Luther King, Jr., during the piece, meet with IN UNISON Chorus members backstage.

Brian Owens and Adam Maness with IN UNISON Chorus
Brian Owens and Adam Maness with IN UNISON Chorus

Saturday night I experienced one of the most surreal moments I’ve ever had at Powell Hall: a sold-out audience on its feet singing Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” with a tribute band and the St. Louis Symphony. Nobody even asked them to, word for word from beginning to end: “Just a small-town girl/ Livin’ in a lonely world….”

Sunday the Heart Quartet, which is performing throughout February advocating for Women’s Heart Health, played at IN UNISON Church partner St. Philip’s Evangelical Lutheran.

Heart Quartet, aka "The Hearties": Anne Fagerburg, Shannon Farrell Williams, Dr. Dawn Hui, and Helen Kim
Heart Quartet, aka “The Hearties”: Anne Fagerburg, Shannon Farrell Williams, Dr. Dawn Hui, and Helen Kim

Also on Sunday, Symphony musicians played Dvorak’s Serenade for Winds, Cello, and Double Bass at Peace Lutheran Church.

Dvorak's Serenade at Peace Lutheran
Dvorak’s Serenade at Peace Lutheran

Monday morning, Angie Smart and Claire “The Clown” Wedemeyer entertained girls and boys at Mercy Children’s Hospital. All the kids they entertained were in isolation, so Angie and Claire made in-room performances.

Symphony first violinist Angie Smart and Claire "The Clown" Wedemeyer making their rounds at Mercy Children's Hospital.
Symphony first violinist Angie Smart and Claire “The Clown” Wedemeyer making their rounds at Mercy Children’s Hospital.

And on and on, and on, and on…throughout the St. Louis region…anywhere.