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Sarah Crowder

It happened almost a year ago on a perfect spring morning: A host of dignitaries representing St. Louis’ civic, business, philanthropic and arts communities were among those gathered at a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch the area’s new classical music station, Radio Arts Foundation-St. Louis (RAF-STL).

The anticipation had been building to that day, especially among St. Louisans who’ve missed hearing their sonatas and concertos and waltzes and marches on the radio since classical music went dark over local airwaves in 2010. As you can imagine, hearing the opening notes of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 to herald RAF-STL’s inaugural broadcast certainly was sweet music to the ears of classical music fans.

And today, as RAF-STL prepares to mark its first anniversary on April 8, the station is looking to the future, with new programming, live broadcasts and an even stronger signal in the works for the coming year. Of course, there will be celebration: RAF-STL is throwing its first-ever concert fundraiser next month, with Ladue News as a proud Patron Level Sponsor. See the complete story on p. 27.