$600,000 raised for community and education programs

(St. Louis, MO) – The St. Louis Symphony raised $600,000 to support its community and education programs at its 2017 gala celebration on March 25. More than 400 guests, including acclaimed American composer John Adams, enjoyed an extraordinary night of fantastic entertainment and compelling stories at the Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis.

The black-tie gala celebrated St. Louis Symphony Concertmaster David Halen’s 25-year legacy with the orchestra. The gala entertainment included performances by St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson, Resident Conductor Gemma New, members of the orchestra, and special guest Steve Schankman. St. Louis Symphony Second Associate Concertmaster Celeste Golden Boyer and Assistant Concertmaster Erin Schreiber performed virtuosic violin works.

The gala funds the St. Louis Symphony’s community and education programs, including St. Louis SymphonyCares and St. Louis Symphony in Your School. Terrence Abernathy, a St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Graduate Fellow, was a featured speaker at the gala. Abernathy shared his personal story, highlighting the impact of the St. Louis Symphony community and education programs. The IN UNISION programs are supported by Monsanto.

The gala co-chairs were Steve and Katie Schankman, Maggie Gadell, and Ron Kruszewski. The gala was sponsored by The Honorable and Mrs. Sam Fox, Stifel, and World Wide Technologies: David and Thelma Steward.