Greater St. Louis is a region whose artistic events and attractions regularly impress even its most cultured residents. Numerous venues for theatrical, musical, dance and other artistic performances abound, driving many of the world's most talented artists - including those who call St. Louis home - to perform here.
At the doorstep of St. Louis University is Grand Center, the arts and entertainment district. Grand Center is home to the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Powell Symphony Hall, Powell Symphony Hall, Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, and Dance St. Louis. The district also features jazz clubs and several great restaurants.
The nationally acclaimed Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, which performs at Powell Symphony Hall, is currently in its 131st season. Founded in 1880, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra is the second-oldest orchestra in the country and widely considered one of the world's finest. The orchestra has been honored with a total of six Grammies and 56 nominations, and it has toured Europe, the Far East and beyond. Led by David Robertson since 2005, the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra continues to attract national attention. The New York Times praised the music director citing that "St. Louis audiences are streaming into his concerts, and the orchestra sounded terrific during the typically invigorating Robertson program..." in the article "Passing the Baton: Be Bold, New York" on April 15, 2007.
In addition, several exciting venues, including Powell Symphony Hall and the acoustically superb Sheldon Concert Hall, regularly feature world-famous musicians. And dozens of other theaters and clubs keep St. Louis moving to a beat all its own every night of the week.
The St. Louis Black Repertory Theatre, the largest African-American cultural performing arts organization in Missouri, performs in the heart of Grand Center, St. Louis' arts and entertainment district. The troupe produces six productions each season by both established and emerging playwrights.
In addition to the Black Rep and Powell Hall, Grand Center is also home to Dance St. Louis - which brings to the region national and international professional dance companies from American Ballet Theater to STOMP. Grand Center is also the site of the - which for more than 75 years has attracted the world's most popular Broadway musicals and musical performers.
Broadway performances can also be seen at the Muny, the country's oldest and largest outdoor musical theater, in beautiful Forest Park. In addition to 12,000 reserved seats, the Muny has almost 1,500 free seats available to the public each night.
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, one of the country's premier opera companies, has been offering innovative performances of standard and unusual repertory for more than 20 years, and presents a spring festival with four rotating productions every May and June.
And of course, St. Louis is one of the best places in the world to hear the blues, with live performances every night of the week in dozens of clubs throughout the Soulard neighborhood and elsewhere in the area.
Source: St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association