Nothing Says Happy Holidays Like 125 Tubas Playing Christmas Carols

Imagine dozens and dozens of tubas playing Christmas tunes in unison. It sounds a little weird and maybe a hoax, but Tuba Christmas is most definitely real. The free concert begins at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 at the south end of the St. Louis Galleria near the entrance to Macy’s. This year marks the 44th annual celebration of Christmas with tubas. The international event … Continue reading Nothing Says Happy Holidays Like 125 Tubas Playing Christmas Carols

Reader’s Delight! Jewish Book Festival Kicks Off November 5

Cool fall weather is a clear signal to go indoors and do indoorsy stuff—like reading a good book. If you’re looking for a great read, and some insight from the author him or herself, the St. Louis Jewish Book Festival will start on November 5. The annual event has been introducing readers to noted Jewish authors for nearly forty years. All lectures by participating authors … Continue reading Reader’s Delight! Jewish Book Festival Kicks Off November 5

Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

There are any number of ways to reduce stress in your life. Yoga, meditation and exercise are just a few. Or you can pet a cat. The New York Times, Social Work Today and WebMD.com have all reported in the past about the benefits of interacting with felines. Stroking a cat’s back will chill you out since the act produces oxytocin, a hormone that reduces … Continue reading Rx to relieve stress: Pet a cat at Mauhaus

Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

One of the more unusual aspects of the Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival has got to be the trains. Amtrak passenger trains—and freight trains—chug through Webster Groves with some regularity. The tracks are mere feet from the back of the stages, but neither the performers nor the audience seem to mind. It’s just another quirk of this longstanding late summer music festival. On Saturday, September … Continue reading Trains, Jazz, Blues: Old Webster Festival Has It All

Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

One of St. Louis County’s most unique music festivals returns this week for its seventh season. The Gesher Music Festival brings professional musicians to St. Louis to perform chamber music with a Jewish inflection. The theme of the Gesher 2017 is “War & Peace” and explores music and stories that reflect the Jewish experience. It also illuminates our common humanity that never wavers, even in … Continue reading Gesher Music Festival Opens Season #7 With ‘War & Peace’ Theme

This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

One of the toughest challenges for any band is playing in unison. If one band member gets out of sync, it will throw off the entire performance. It’s not that easy to accomplish this basic stagecraft, with all the distractions like crowd noise, clinking glasses, maybe a drummer with a hangover. If you go to a Route 66 Jazz Orchestra performance, you’re unlikely to hear … Continue reading This Big Band Gets Its Kicks On Route 66

Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level

Bowstring musical instruments are considered the most difficult to play. That hasn’t stopped many new students from taking up the violin. It remains the fifth most popular musical instrument that people play, behind the piano, guitar, drums and flute. In St. Louis County, the go-to shop for new and used violins, either for sale or rent, is Top Notch Violins at 3109 Sutton Blvd. in … Continue reading Top Notch Violins provide instruments for any budget and skill level