Issue: 1156 Date: 10/18/2012
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The Sheldon's 100th Anniversary Celebration
The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
The Sheldon bills itself as the perfect place for music and art and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called "The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest." This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Sheldon which was named after Walter Sheldon, who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society. The building was designed by Louis C. Spiering, the architect of the 1904 World's Fair.
Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis jazz pianist Peter Martin in advance of the 100th anniversary world premiere of "This Present Past," a work composed by Martin and featuring a poem by Howard Nemerov.
Peter Martin described the Sheldon Concert Hall as being great for a lot of musical memories, starting when he was child. "It's just such a wonderful, resonant room. There's nothing that gets in the way from the artist to the audience. No barriers, nothing artificial. To me, it just feels like a big jazz club," said Martin.