June 2nd and 4th, 2019 have been added to the 2018/2019 schedule of concerts. Both concerts commence at 7:30 p.m. and will feature students at the Arianna Chamber Music Festival.
31 Mar 2019 -- Spring concert
The program will feature:
Robert McNichols, Jr., baritone, accompanied by Chris White, pianist, performing art songs and spirituals by African-American composers, including Margaret Bonds, Harry T. Burleigh and Florence Beatrice Price.
American bass-baritone, Robert McNichols, Jr. has been making a name for himself as an “artist worthy of being noticed” (The Kansas City Star, 2010). He is the Assistant Professor of Music for Harris-Stowe State University, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Voice and Opera degree from the University of Kansas. McNichols is Founder and Conductor of the Black Musical Arts Community Choir of Kansas City who’s mission is to spread awareness of music by African-American composers, showcase talented African-American musical artists, provide performing opportunities in the Kansas City metro area and abroad, and educate the Kansas City metro area African-American community about classical music.
Performances by Mr. McNichols include:
A highlights concert of Wagner's The Flying Dutchman in Kansas City, and a solo recital at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis, the bass soloist in Beethoven's 9th Symphony with Southern Missouri State University, the bass soloist in Mozart's C Minor Mass with the William Baker Festival Singers, and two world premieres including The Devil and the Law with Chamber Project St. Louis, and the role of Oloferno in The Borgia Infami with Winter Opera of Saint Louis. He was a guest soloist with the Gateway Men's Chorus performing Vaughn-Williams' Five Mystical Songs, the baritone soloist in Manchester United Church's performance of The Last Seven Words of Christ, and the roles of Mr. Bascombe, Starkeeper, and Dr. Seldom in Union Avenue Opera's production of Carousel. He was the Narrator for The Lincoln Portraits with the St. Louis Symphony. He also performed as co-producer, musical director, and soloist of A Classical Cabaret: Featuring excerpts of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess with The Black Rep as part of their New Works Festival.
Every summer, the Arianna String Quartet hosts an intensive chamber music festival right here in St. Louis. Young artists from St. Louis to Santiago (Chile), California to Korea, engage in a cultural exchange of musical ideas.
The Arianna Chamber Music Festival uses the art of chamber music playing to teach life skills of creative and critical thinking, collaborative team work, and self-expression. Skills and ideas that they take back with them to build connections and communities.
Friends of Music Concerts has entered into a mutually beneficial relationship this season with the Arianna String Quartet and its summer program, the Arianna Chamber Music Festival. On Sunday, December 2, 2018 The Arianna String Quartet performed a concert on our 2018/2019 season featuring Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden” Quartet (based on a Schubert song by that name) and the remarkable Quartet in C# minor Op. 131 by Beethoven. This is the first season that the Arianna String Quartet has performed for Friends of Music Concerts.