Music icon BILLY JOEL is making his return to St. Louis to help ring in a milestone for Scottrade Center. He’ll perform in concert on April 11, marking 20 years since he headlined as the grand-opening performer for the area (then the Kiel Center) in 1994. The concert this spring will be the first appearance for the singer/songwriter since 2009. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 8, at the box office, or by calling 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com.
The CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY OF ST. LOUIS is celebrating Valentine’s Day with its annual salute to romance on Tuesday, Feb. 11. The Ameren Missouri ‘Even More Love Fest’ at The Sheldon will feature soprano MIRAN HALEN and pianist ALLA VOSKOBOYNIKOVA. For tickets, visit chambermusicstl.org.
In addition, the Chamber Music Society is preparing for its Patrons Trip to Chicago to reprise last year’s very popular ‘Notes from Hollywood’ concert. Once again, maestro LEONARD SLATKIN will headline as guest narrator and pianist. The April 20 performance features chamber music by Hollywood’s film composers, as well as a salute to Slatkin’s parents, who were founding members of the Hollywood String Quartet. The three-day, two-night trip includes accommodations at The Palmer House, tickets to the Chicago Symphony for an April 19 concert conducted by Slatkin, a private reception following the Notes from Hollywood concert on April 20, and Sunday breakfast with the maestro. For tickets and more information, visit chambermusicstl.org.
St. Louis’ own WHITE FLAG PROJECTS is the recipient of a prestigious grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The alternative art institution was founded in 2006 by MATTHEW STRAUSS, who also serves as White Flag’s director. The nonprofit offers a venue for exhibitions by progressive local, national and international artists. The $80,000 grant will help support White Flag’s exhibition program through 2015.
FONTBONNE UNIVERSITY has named a new president: J. MICHAEL PRESSIMONE will become the university’s 14th president, effective July 1. He’ll succeed longtime president DENNIS GOLDEN, who is retiring. Pressimone hails from Reading, Pa., where he currently serves as VP of advancement at Alvernia University. He has been involved in education and higher education for 33 years.
Acclaimed St. Louis author RIDLEY PEARSON is making a special appearance at St. Louis County Library headquarters on Monday, Feb. 10, at 7 p.m. to discuss his hit Peter and the Starcatchers series. Along with co-author DAVE BARRY, Pearson created the series, a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, about how Peter arrived in Neverland. The series has since been adapted into a Tony Award-winning Broadway production. Pearson’s appearance is free and open to the public.
The Missouri History Museum is the site of a journalists’ forum to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis. Speakers include JOHNNY RABBIT (Ron Elz), the longest-running broadcaster in St. Louis; PAT GAUEN, formerly of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, he’s now the public safety editor at the Post-Dispatch; STEVE DEBELLIS, publisher of the ‘new’ Globe-Democrat; and Gateway Journalism Review founder CHARLES KLOTZER. The panel will discuss the evolution of print and broadcast journalism, as well as how local media outlets have made their mark on the city’s history. The Thursday, Feb. 13, event begins at 11:30 a.m. Bring a brown-bag lunch, or food is available for purchase from Bixby’s.