Chuck Lavazzi

Chuck Lavazzi

Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at  He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle. 

Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age.  His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season.  He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.

A Christmas cabaret show joins the hit list, along with holiday shows at The Rep and The Fox and something completely different at Webster Conservatory.

Tuesday, 12 December 2017 21:42

Symphony Notes: Christmas time is here

If you can't wait until December 25th to open your presents, take heart; the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has some musical stocking stuffers for you right now.

From dark comedy to holiday lights, St. Louis theatre has it all this week.

Sounds of the season dominate the music scene this week, including a pari of annual events at Powell Hall.

No need to wait for Christmas to start opening your theatrical presents; there are plenty of sugarplums on stage right now.

Tuesday, 05 December 2017 13:11

Symphony Notes: Italian seasoning

This weekend (December 8--10) the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is continues its mini Baroque festival with the emphasis on the music of one of the most prolific composers of the period, Antonio Vivaldi (1678--1741). Unlike last week, when it was all Vivaldi all the time, this time around Antonio has some company: his fellow Venetian Alessandro Marcello (1669-1747) and a younger German guy named J.S. Bach. You might have heard of him.

Yes, there's a spectacular amount of theatre in town, from serious drama to musicals to holiday fare.

December opens with a variety of sounds, including an unusual version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:15

Symphony Notes: Viva Vivaldi

This weekend (December 1 and 2) and next (December 8--10) the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is giving us a mini Baroque festival with the emphasis on the music of one of the most prolific composers of the period, Antonio Vivaldi (1678--1741). He was a guy whose life and reputation had enough ups and downs to rival some roller-coasters.

The flood of holiday-themed theatre begins this week, along with a few shows that have nothing at all to do with visions of sugarplums.

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