Grammy Award-winning musicians, Tony Award-winning theater and never-before-seen art will highlight St. Louis’ fall season. Here’s a first look:
A slate of Tony Award-winning shows is on tap this fall at The Fox Theatre. The season features Les Misèrables, Oct. 16-28; Blue Man Group, Nov. 20-Dec. 2; Wicked, Dec. 12-Jan. 6; Stomp, Jan. 11-13; Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jan. 29-Feb. 10; Tony Award-winning Best New Musical The Book of Mormon, Feb. 19-March 3; Tony Award-winning Best New Show War Horse, March 13-24; Million Dollar Quartet, April 23-May 5; Rock of Ages, May 24-26; and Anything Goes, May 28-June 9. TICKET PRICES VARY. 534-1111 or fabulousfox.com.
THE REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS
From laughter and love to suspense and intrigue, The Rep’s emotive new season will aim to captivate audiences’ hearts and minds. For the first time, the theater will present a Neil Simon play, Brighton Beach Memoirs, from Sept. 5-Sept. 30. The season also will showcase the romantic tale of Daddy Long Legs, Oct. 10-Nov. 4; the comedic story of The Foreigner, Nov. 28-Dec. 23; the serious, yet sweet, Good People, Jan. 2-27; the Jane Austen classic Sense & Sensibility, Feb. 6-March 3; and the thrilling Double Indemnity, March 13-April 7. $16-$74. 968-4925 or repstl.org.
SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM
Featuring many works never-before-seen in the nation, Focus on the Collection: Drawn in Copper, Italian Prints in the Age of Barocci, Sept. 28-Jan. 13, and Federico Barocci: Renaissance Master, Oct. 21–Jan. 20, will showcase thousands of rotating paintings and drawings by one of the most innovative Italian artists in history. FREE. 721-0072 or slam.org.
CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM
Eclectic exhibitions will fill the Contemporary Art Museum this fall. New York-based artist Jonathan Horowitz asks audiences to examine the American election process through sculpture, photographs and video in Your Land, My Land: Election ’12, on display from Sept. 7-Nov. 11. The gallery’s fall exhibits also include: Leslie Hewitt: Sudden Glare of the Sun, Sept. 7-Dec. 30; and Rosa Barba: Desert—Performed, Sept. 7-Dec. 30; as well as artwork by Lauren Adams, Sept. 7-Oct. 14; Anthony Pearson, Oct 18-Nov. 25; and Sreshta Rit Premnath, Nov. 29-Dec 30. FREE. 535-4660 or camstl.org.
PEABODY OPERA HOUSE
Huge music acts highlight the Peabody’s fall season. Grammy-winning pop artist Norah Jones will perform on Oct. 15; Irish pop-rock band The Script will play Oct. 25; and alternative rock cult-favorite Primus will bring the first-ever 3D concert to the Peabody stage Oct. 28. The season also includes the holiday show, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring The Rockettes, Nov. 8-17; and Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing coming Jan. 24-27. TICKET PRICES VARY. 800-745-3000 or peabodyoperahouse.com.
Don your flapper attire for the 1920s Masquerade Ball on Oct. 26. Guests will dine on the stage of Winter Opera’s new home, Skip Viragh Center for the Arts, to benefit the theater group’s latest season. The evening will feature an Italian dinner, opera singing and a behind-the-scenes look at the Viragh Center. Winter Opera’s new season will feature The Mikado, Nov. 9 and 11; Holidays on the Hill, Dec. 4, 6 and 12; The Ballad of Baby Doe, Feb. 8 and 10; and Tosca, March 8 and 10. $125, 1920s Masquerade Ball; $36-51, single show tickets; $150 per couple, Holidays on the Hill. 865-0038 or winteroperastl.org.
DON'T MISS: DANCING IN THE STREET
More than 1,000 dancers will take their artistic and athletic talent to the St. Louis streets. Dance groups will perform tap, ballet, modern and jazz, as well as salsa, clog, Bollywood, hip-hop and break-dancing. The outdoor event will take place from 1-8 p.m. Sept. 29 on multiple stages and in the streets around Grand Center, at Grand Boulevard and Washington Avenue. FREE. 289-1500 or grandcenter.org.
The Sheldon will commemorate its centennial season with a 100th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 11. The birthday party will feature St. Louis native composer Peter Martin’s The Present Past, performed by an all-star assembly of jazz and classical musicians. The venue’s latest season also will include Mary Chapin Carpenter, Oct. 3; Arturo Sandoval, Oct. 6; St. Louis Stompers, Oct. 30-31; Natalie MacMaster, Nov. 2; and The Marcus Roberts Trio, Dec. 1. TICKET PRICES VARY. 533-9900 or thesheldon.org.
DANCE ST. LOUIS
Dance St. Louis will move audiences with new collaborations for its latest season at Touhill Performing Arts Center and Fox Theatre. The group’s opening show, New Dance Horizons, running Oct. 5-6, will highlight the work of nationally renowned choreographers during performances by Saint Louis Ballet, Trek Dance Collective, MADCO and Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company. The season also will include creative new performances such as Pilobolus, Nov. 9-10; Moulin Rouge—The Ballet, Jan. 25-26; Carmina Burana, Feb. 21-24; and MOVES, March 9-10. $171-$253, season package. 534-6622 or dancestlouis.org.
UNION AVENUE OPERA
Union Avenue Opera will hold its 2012 Gala Concert and Reception at 8 p.m. Nov. 3. The evening will include arias, duets, overtures and choruses performed by Union Avenue’s alumni artists, ensemble and orchestra. $30 and up. 361-2881 or unionavenueopera.org.
THE SAINT LOUIS CLASSICAL GUITAR SOCIETY
Acclaimed guitarists from throughout the world will perform during The Great Artist Guitar Series, to be held at 8 p.m. Saturday nights at the Ethical Society Auditorium. International award-winning guitarist Gaëlle Solal of Marseilles will open the season Sept. 29. The season also includes Vladimir Gorbach, Dec. 1; Virginia Luque and Bojidara Kousmanova, Jan. 26; and Rafael Aguirre, March 23. $20-$24, single tickets; $79, subscriptions. 567-5566 or guitarstlouis.net.
J SCHEIDEGGER CENTER FOR ARTS
Country and pop favorites will take the stage this fall at J Scheidegger Center for the Arts. Acts include Kenny Rogers, Sept. 8; Neil Sedaka, Sept. 15; David Cassidy, Sept. 28; and ABBA, Oct. 6. The season continues with Cirque Chinois, Oct. 13; Roy Clark, Oct. 20; Nosferatu, Oct. 30; and Shrek the Musical, Nov. 9.
ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY
St. Louis Symphony’s new season will showcase the legendary music of Ray Charles, Queen and Pink Floyd. First, the orchestra will kick off fall with a free public performance at 7 p.m. Sept. 19 in Forest Park. The show will feature familiar favorites, such as The Star-Spangled Banner and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and popular songs from The Wizard of Oz and Pirates of the Caribbean. Then the season debuts with Italian composer Ottorino Respighi’s symphonic poem, Pines of Rome, Sept. 28-30, and continues with The Music of Ray Charles, Sept. 21; Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G, Sept. 22; The Wizard of Oz, Oct. 26-28; and Gil Shaham Plays Beethoven, Nov. 23- 25. In addition, the symphony will play family concerts, including Dr. Suess’ Green Eggs and Ham, Oct. 7; Hip Hop Symphony, Nov. 4; and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Dec. 28-29. $25-$125, single show. 534-1700 or stlsymphony.org.
Peace and Reconciliation will open Bach Society’s 72nd concert season at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 at St. Francis Xavier College Church. The emotional performance will depict composer Josef Haydn’s anxieties and hopes for his people as Napoleon’s armies invaded Austria. The inspirational season also features BACH Chamber Music, Nov. 18; Christmas Candlelight Concert, Dec. 2; Young Artist Recital, Jan. 27; Music for Voices and Strings, April 7; and RACHMANINOFF, May 19. $15-$75, single show; $65-$167, season package. 652-2224 or bachsociety.org.
DON'T MISS: SAINT LOUIS ART FAIR
Art will fill the streets as the 19th annual Saint Louis Art Fair returns to downtown Clayton. Ranked as one of the nation’s top fine art fairs, the event attracts more than 150,000 art enthusiasts each year. The nationally juried show will feature fine art and crafts from Sept. 7-9. In addition, attendees can enjoy the children’s art fair, hands-on art, live performances and a variety of festival fare. FREE. culturalfestivals.com or 863-0278.