Acclaimed trumpet player and composer WYNTON MARSALIS will headline the ST. LOUIS SYMPHONY’s fourth annual gala, Red Velvet Ball Swings! Marsalis and his Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, along with Symphony musicians, will be performing his Swing Symphony at the Oct. 20 concert, which will be followed by dinner and dancing in tents adjacent to Powell Hall. DAVID and THELMA STEWARD are this year’s gala chairs.

On a sad note…WARD STARE, the Symphony’s resident conductor, will soon head South for his next ‘gig.’ Stare has been announced as the new conductor and music director of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. He has been St. Louis’ resident conductor since 2008, when music director DAVID ROBERTSON created the position for him. During that time, he also served as music director of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Do you know an exceptional LADUE HORTON WATKINS H.S. grad? Nominations are now being accepted for Ladue’s Distinguished Alumni awards in five categories, including Fine Arts, Health, Business and Technology, and Community Service. Ladue graduates from 1953 to 2002 are eligible to be nominated. Nominations are being accepted through May 1; and honorees will be recognized during a Sept. 21 homecoming ceremony, which also will commemorate the 60th anniversary of Ladue H.S. For information, call Peggy Moser at 993-5447 or visit

John Burroughs sophomore DONALD SOFFER will be spending his spring break next week in Doha, Qatar, where he will attend the THIMUN (Hague International Model United Nations) Qatar Northwestern Film Festival. Donald’s film, Bottled Rationality, which explores why Americans drink bottled water, has been nominated for Best Story and Best Picture in the festival, which promotes advocacy on local and global issues by young people through film.

Brighton Beach Memoirs will be kicking off The Rep’s 46th season. It’s the first time THE REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS has produced a Neil Simon play in its 45-year history. Also coming to The Rep: Daddy Long Legs, The Foreigner, Good People, Sense & Sensibility and Double Indemnity. The 2012-2013 season begins Sept. 5 ( What’s being billed as the largest family egg hunt in St. Louis happens next Saturday, March 31, in Forest Park.

The LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA SOCIETY’s Hunt for a Cure is an annual tradition that features 50,000 eggs donated by 50 senior centers and hidden by UPS volunteers. The hunt is free, and takes place from 11 a.m. to noon in Forest Park’s central fields. For more information, visit

St. Louis sisters (and first-time authors) CAROL BENOIST and CATHY GILMORE have collaborated on a new story about the very first Easter bunny: Easter Bunny’s Amazing Day tells the story of a fearful bunny whose Easter morning experience changes him forever. The book, with illustrations by local artist, JONATHAN SUNDY, is available at Apple of Your Eye Gifts and Mary Tuttle’s Flowers, among others.

Ground has been broken on an $82 million expansion at RIVER CITY CASINO. Expansion plans include a 200- room hotel and covered parking garage. Completion is slated for late 2013.

BARNES-JEWISH HOSPITAL’s new 12-story Center for Outpatient Health is up and running. The facility, located at Forest Park and Euclid avenues, houses primary and specialty care clinics that were previously located in older buildings on the Washington University School of Medicine campus.