Grand Center Arts District
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ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), October 5, 2014 - St. Louis was at the center of the jazz world recently, as jazz legends, community and corporate leaders, jazz enthusiasts and VIPs gathered at Jazz at the Bistro to celebrate the grand opening of the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.
The grand opening celebration was underwritten by World Wide Technology and featured world renowned Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Already known as one of the best and longest running not-for-profit jazz organizations in the country, Jazz St. Louis hit a high note with its new state-of-the art live performance venue with livestreaming capabilities, education center, jazz lounge and staff headquarters.
"We need to celebrate our rich heritage and focus on the things that unite us," said Dave Steward, Chairman and Co-Founder of World Wide Technology. "The Arts are a powerful tool that we can use to bring our community together, and no other does it more than Jazz. I'm so proud of the new Jazz St. Louis and call on the entire community to support it to make St. Louis the prominent center for jazz in the world."
The $10 million capital campaign kicked off in August 2013 and thanks to the support and generosity of David & Thelma Steward, John & Alison Ferring, Centene Corporation, Ken & Nancy Kranzberg, Emerson, Richard & Josephine Weil, the Jazz St. Louis Board of Directors, and other jazz patrons, in excess of $6.7 million has been raised to date, allowing this new venue to open on time and within budget.
The remaining $3.3 million is currently being raised through the public phase of the on-going capital campaign. Through continued donations, the on-going capital campaign gives the entire St. Louis community and worldwide jazz community the opportunity to ensure the future of Jazz St. Louis' operations and educational pursuits.
The 20th season of the Jazz at the Bistro concert series kicked off in conjunction with the grand opening. Subscriptions for the upcoming 2014-15 Season are already up over 50% from last year, and the success of the new Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz is taking shape.
The center located at 3536 Washington Avenue in Grand Center projects that by 2017, attendance will double and the economic impact to the St. Louis region will reach over $3.9 million. The impact will also be felt around the world as people will be able to experience concerts via audio and video recording and online streaming.
The Fabulous Fox Theatre, on North Grand Avenue, showcases Broadway Series, live concerts, dance performances and special events all year round.
The Fox Theatre was originally built in 1929 for William Fox by theatre architect C. Howard Crane in a style known as Siamese Byzantine. After years of decline, the theatre was purchased by Leon and Mary Strauss and beautifully restored in the 1980s by Pantheon Construction Company.
David Robertson officially began his tenure as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 12th Music Director, when the season opened in September 2005. Robertson, the inspiring and charismatic American-born conductor, has received international acclaim for his ability to motivate audiences with his innovative programs.
The Saint Louis Symphony celebrates the fact that it is an American Orchestra that gained international attention with an American conductor (Leonard Slatkin) performing an American repertory.
As the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the Saint Louis Symphony honors its tradition of presenting stellar performers and captivating works for generations of concert-goers.
The spectacular First Night takes place at Grand Center in style for a New Year's Eve celebration. Families, friends and visitors can enjoy a parade, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magic artists, live entertainment and numerous participatory art and theatre opportunities. The evening festivities include an early fireworks show for young families and the grande finale fireworks at midnight.
First Night, a not-for-profit endeavor, was originally launched in 1976 in Boston, as an alcohol-free event created to provide the community with a unique alternative to the traditional New Year's Eve celebration.
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