Chandler Branch's Blog

Katzenstein Concert

Lawrence Katzenstein chats with a St. Louis executive newbie (me) at the St. Louis Business Journal’s May 2012 dinner event celebrating the city’s Top 150 Privately Held Companies. Photo courtesy of the St. Louis Business Journal.Last Thursday I visited Powel Hall and took part in a great St. Louis tradition, one that I suspect is largely unknown to most St. Louisans, despite its 20-year history. Thompson Coburn trusts and estates attorney Lawrence Katzenstein led the St. Louis Symphony as conductor in a program that featured Tchaikovsky’s beloved Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture (if you don’t know this piece, give it one listen and you’ll know why it’s such a well-loved work) and Saint-Saëns' Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, with piano soloist Patti Wolf. Both works are real crowd pleasers, and just as pleasing as the music was the price of admission: $0. That’s right, the Katzenstein concert is an annual gift to the city, one that I look forward to enjoying again in the future.

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A great night for art in St. Louis

8/11/12 reception at ASL. Photo by Robin Hirsch.

Taking time here to publicly acknowledge the superb work of our Artistic Director, Robin Hirsch, and that of our jurors, Joe Chesla, Professor of Design & Sculpture, St. Louis Community College, Meramec, and Jo Stealey, Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia. Last weekend their work and the creative talents of over 40 regional artists took center stage at the opening reception for our newest exhibit [context]Texture. Photos from the reception and from the exhibit itself can be viewed on our Facebook page here.

Featured artist Dennis Dwight Isom chatting with me about his work. Opening reception @ ASL, August 11, 2012. Photo by Robin Hirsch.As usual, I took advantage of the occasion to stand in front of several works of art with the artist by my side, discussing the process and inspiration behind each work. Seriously, this is one of the most rewarding aspects of my activity here at Art Saint Louis. My thanks go out to everyone involved in this exhibition (which runs through October 4, by the way), as well as our concurrent exhibition, Waiting, featuring works by watercolorist Muriel Eulich.
 

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Becoming a Peacock Community

Every once in a while you come across a video online that you just have to share. That happend to me this week. Check out the video below. It may seem a bit off the wall at first (peacocks, really?), but stick with it. The speaker, playwrite Gwydion Suilebhan, hits the ball out of the park in articulating the value of organizations like Art Saint Louis. Seriously, I couldn't have put it better myself.

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