Friends of Music Concerts, a 501(c)(3) corporation in the St. Louis, Missouri Metropolitan Area, began in 1979 when Patricia Lee Werner and a few other musicians initiated a free public concert series permitting accomplished musicians of the Saint Louis Area to present vocal and instrumental music in a format less arduous than a full recital. The performers volunteer their talents and reap the benefit of performing before a live audience and of experiencing the rewards of playing or singing challenging music. Virtually all of the performances over the thirty-one years of this series have been held in the visually and acoustically outstanding sanctuary of Eliot Unitarian Chapel in the suburb of Kirkwood.
Until her death in 2003, Lee Werner organized the programs for the series. On her passing, Kathi and Jeffrey Kurtzman stepped in as Co-Directors to continue the series. They have maintained the concept of offering performance opportunities to musicians of outstanding ability and stage presence, many of whom are music professionals in the Saint Louis Area. Each season is planned to provide a wide range and variety of instruments and vocal talents with music ranging from the sixteenth through the twenty-first centuries.
The expenses of the series -- rental of the sanctuary, custodial services, mailing and programs -- are met entirely by donations. Tax-deductible donations may be sent to the treasurer of Friends of Music Concerts, Robert Kern, 410 E. Gill, St. Louis, MO 63122-4434. Information about this season's series and individual concerts is posted on this website or may be obtained through the Friends of Music Concerts, St. Louis Contact Page.