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Hand-in–hand, gotbucks Harris Frank and activist Barbara Eagleton arrived for the St. Louis Beacon’s gala evening

Harris Frank and Barbara Eagleton

built around a performance of a Gilbert and Sullivan operetta. Widow    of the beloved and former Sen. Tom Eagleton, Barbara tipped  that she has inked for a February date The New York Times op-ed    scribe Joe Nocera for her Women’s Democratic Forum. The topic of his Sunday piece was “the high cost of football teams.” Last year, The Beacon presented H.M.S. Pinafore with a super-star    cast that included Christine Brewer, David Robertson, Tim O’Leary and Hugh Russell, with Chicago Lyric associate conductor Craig Terry at the piano. Terry and Russell were back this year, for the Beacon’s “Mikado” but the 2012 cast was made up  of talented young men and women from our region, including  Keith Boyer as Nanki Poo, Heather Patterson as Yum Yum, Russell as KoKo, Mark Freiman as the Mikado and  Debbie Lennon as Katisha. “It’s the Opera Theatre model,” quipped Beacon associate editor Bob Duffy. “Find the best young talent around and help them build great careers.” Champagne was poured before the show in the Sheldon Concert Hall, and afterward gala-goers moved upstairs to a transformed banquet room, the Cabaret

Shirley Bynum Smith and Ed Wallace

Katishs, for a cabaret starring the inimitable Brewer, who started  off with Great American Songbook tunes. Craig Terry accompanied her, and good guy Ernie Clark spelled him at the grand. Among the    VIPs in attendance was longtime organist and chorus master at St. Michael & St. George Episcopal Church, Ed Wallace, who thrilled to a reunion with Shirley Bynum Smith, who once sang in his choir. The Beacon’s major benefactor Emmy Pulitzer arrived    minutes before the concert with her escort Roy Pfautch.

Emmy Pulitzer with Roy Pfautch


The Symph performed to a packed house Saturday night in Carnegie Hall, where the audience gave the orch and maestro David Robertson no less than five curtain calls and a standing ovation at the end of Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique.” The New York Times critic wrote, “, , ,the St. Louis Symphony under Davd Robertson gave a riveting performance. . .The orchestra’s clear, transparent textures emphasized the work’s debt to the Baroque. . .Mr. Robertson led a well-shaped performance. . .Tchaikovsky’s “Pathetique” symphony played with polished grace, shining brasses and exciting control. . .the third movement’s rousing march showed off this orchestra’s characteristic combination of power and class.”


The Symph has embarked on a tour that will include a perf at NYC’s Carnegie Hall under the baton of maestro David Robertson, with guest soloist Leila Josefowicz performing a Carneigie premiere of ‘Thomas Ades’ Violin Concerto, Vaughan Williams‘ “Fantasia on a Theme” and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6.  Then, the orchestra heads for Long Island’s Tilles Center and the Fine Arts Center of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. BTW: The Symph’s 2009 recording of the “Doctor Atomic Symphony” has been named the best classical CD of the decade by the Times of London.

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