A Trip to Affton

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Members of the St. Louis Symphony brass made a visit to Bayless School in Affton, Missouri, to sit in with young musicians and to play a concert. Video intern Nicola Muscroft and Symphony staff member Zach Schimpf made the trip down with Director of Community Programs Maureen Byrne and the Symphony musicians. Nicola created this mini-documentary out of the experience. The musicians are Principal Trumpet Karin Bliznik, Associate Principal Trombone Amanda Stewart, Julie Thayer on horn, Jeffrey Strong on trumpet, and Gerry Pagano on bass trombone.

Monday at the Zoo

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The St. Louis Symphony partners with some of the best people and organizations in the community. Monday morning Director of Community Programs Maureen Byrne joined some of the Symphony’s friends from the International Institute and the St. Louis Zoo for an outing with refugee families who recently have arrived to the city from Rwanda, Somalia and Sudan.

IMG_9392 (2)Maureen described the connections between International Institute, Zoo and these families new to St. Louis: “The Zoo was one of our great St. Louis cultural institution partners for this season’s Family and Education concert series at Powell Hall, and we had the pleasure of hosting International Institute students and their families at all four Family Concerts. We were able to help take these fun family outings one step further–thanks to a supporting grant from the Daughters of Charity Foundation of St. Louis and the awesome staff of the International Institute–and arrange for field trips not just to Powell Hall, but to all of our Family Concert partner sites as well!”

IMG_9403 (2)The St. Louis Zoo will be collaborating with the Symphony on another Family Concert in October, “Hoot & Howl at Powell,” and the International Institute is always on the Symphony’s community concert list. The next visit is June 4 for a concert that is arranged under the theme “American Music Comes from Everywhere.” Just like Americans.