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 stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com.  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.

The February theatre calendar remains packed with goodies, including a bit of magic.

Music both old and new on tap this week, along with the IN UNISON Chorus's annual Black History Month concert and a classical Hitchcock film with a live orchestra.

There is one hell of a lot of good theatre and cabaret in town right now; here are a few of my personal recommendations.

Thursday, 15 February 2018 15:00

Symphony Notes: Forever young

Youth is the theme at Powell Hall this weekend (February 17 and 18, 2018) as Matthew Halls makes his St. Louis Symphony Orchestra debut conducting Schubert's Symphony No. 3 (written when the composer was 18), Weber's Clarinet Concerto No. 1 (age 24), and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 1 (age 15).

The busy local theatre scene becomes even more busy, with new shows at several local colleges, a comic take on Chekov at KTK Productions, and the cabaret open mic.

This week, the St. Louis Civic Orchestra presents Tchaikovsky and Rufus Wainwright plays a gig with the St. Lous Symphony.

Thursday, 08 February 2018 23:22

Symphony Notes: He cared if you listened

This weekend (February 9 - 11, 2018), the guest conductor Bramwell Tovey leads the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, and Children's Chorus in a program of two great works for chorus and orchestra-one sacred and one profane.

New on the list this week: productions by Metro Theatre Company and West End, as well as a return engagement of a hit cabaret show.

It's cold outside this week, but nice and warm in the huge number of theatre with new shows.

Two big works for chorus and orchestra are on the bill at the St. Louis Symphony this week, and The Chamber Project celebrates its tenth birthday.

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