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THE SELDON Announces 2009-2010 Season Of Concerts With Jazz, Folk & More

The Sheldon is proud to announce the 2009 - 2010 season of outstanding concerts in the intimate and acoustically perfectSheldon Concert Hall. As usual, the season includes five series - Jazz at The Sheldon, Fantastic Folk, Sheldon Classics,Saturday Matinees, and Coffee Concerts, as well as Special Concerts and educational programming - all available starting May 13 at 10 a.m.

The Sheldon is also pleased to announce that subscription ticket prices will not increase this year, and will beheld at the same levels as last season. Among the artists scheduled for the season are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bettye LaVette,Marty Stuart, Patty Loveless, David Halen, Nicholas Payton, Chad & Jeremy, and Blind Boys of Alabama.

The Sheldon will also continue to offer the popular "Choose Your Own Series," designed for busy music lovers whoseschedule makes it difficult to attend all concerts in a particular series. "All- Access" tickets, which provide premium seating,free parking, use of the Patrons Lounge, and a backstage pass, will also be available. "The Sheldon Sessions," aimed atcollege students and young professionals and co-presented with KDHX 88.1 FM. will also be scheduled.

More information about artists and on-sale dates will be announced at a later date. Tickets for the Jazz at The Sheldon series are $198 orchestra / $175 balcony, Fantastic Folk series tickets are $175 orchestra / $155 balcony, Sheldon Classics series tickets are $75 orchestra / $60 balcony, Coffee Concerts are $55 orchestra / $45balcony, and Saturday Matinee tickets are $20 per adult subscription ticket / $10 per child.

All new subscriptions will go on sale Wednesday, May 13 and sales will continue through the first concert in each series. Tickets to any of the special concertsmay be purchased with a subscription order prior to the single ticket on sale date of August 8, 2009. To order subscriptiontickets call The Sheldon at 314-533-9900 or log-on to

JAZZ AT THE SHELDON Enjoy five hot nights of jazz with amazing vocalists, virtuoso instrumentalists and a tribute to the King! Saturdays at 8 p.m. Dee Dee Bridgewater - "Lady Day" October 3, 2009 Tribute to Billie Holiday Grammy and Tony Award-winning vocalist and host of NPR's JazzSet, Dee Dee Bridgewater focuses her talents on musicimmortalized by jazz great Billie Holiday.

Bridgewater gave a memorable concert at The Sheldon to celebrate theanniversary of Josephine Baker and she returns to The Sheldon stage, sure to captivate with a broad-ranging, theatrical portrayal of the legendary singer "Lady Day." $45 orchestra/$40 balconyNicholas PaytonNovember 7, 2009

A professional musician since the age of 12, trumpeter Nicholas Payton returns to The Sheldon with a style that embraceshis New Orleans upbringing, while reaching for new levels of maturity and sophistication in his performance. Paytonrecently toured the nation with Bill Charlap, Ravi Coltrane and Steve Wilson to celebrate the Blue Note record label's 70 th anniversary, and has worked with other jazz greats including Wynton and Ellis Marsalis, Elvin Jones, and Ray Brown. $40 orchestra/$35 balconyEliane Elias
January 23, 2010
Bossa nova pianist and singer Eliane Elias is known for her distinctive musical style, blending her Brazilian roots with analluring voice and impressive compositional skills. With a career that spans over 18 albums, primarily on the Blue Notelabel, Elias has collaborated with artists ranging from opera sensation Denyce Graves to jazz legend Herbie Hancock,earning her multiple awards and a Grammy nomination.
$40 orchestra/$35 balcony
Cyrus Chestnut
April 10, 2010 "Cyrus Plays Elvis" A jazz great meets "The King" as pianist Cyrus Chestnut celebrates the music of Elvis Presley! This special evening will also feature Chestnut's trademark sounds, influenced by Fats Waller and McCoy Tyner. Chestnut's prowess as a soloisthas led him to be a first call pianist in big bands including the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and he tours as a leader withhis trio, playing at jazz festivals, clubs and concert halls around the world.$40 orchestra/$35 balcony

Steve Tyrell May 1, 2010
Grammy Award-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell is truly a renaissance man. In his four decades in the music business, he is atwo-time Emmy nominee and has achieved great success as a performing artist, producer, and songwriter. Tyrell helped to re-invent and re-popularize classic pop standards for a modern-day audience, and has worked with legendary artists such as Rod Stewart, Diana Ross, Ray Charles, Burt Bacharach, and Stevie Wonder.$45 orchestra/$40 balcony
Subscription Price: $198 orchestra/$175 balcony(Best Value!)Jazz at The Sheldon is welcomed by WSIE 88.7 The Jazz Station

FANTASTIC FOLK Folk-revival favorites, poignant songwriting, and rollicking bluegrass -all in five nights of Fantastic Folk! Fridays at 8 p.m.

Chad & Jeremy October 23, 2009 Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde first took the U.S. by storm during the British Invasion of the 1960s, with Top 40 hits including"Summer Song," "Yesterday's Gone," and "Willow Weep for Me." After a reunion in 2003 for PBS, Chad and Jeremy areback in full-swing, performing their hit songs and new material, sounding just as relevant and progressive as they did 40 yearsago!
$40 orchestra/$35 balcony Alison Brown with Joe Craven November 20, 2009
Banjo-player Alison Brown brings her unique, modern take on acoustic music to The Sheldon, pushing her traditional instrument into new territory. Known for her work with Alison Krauss and Union Station, Michelle Shocked, and the popularstring super-band New Grange featuring Darol Anger and Mike Marshall, Brown is universally hailed as the new face of banjomusic. She is joined by musical madman Joe Craven, an acclaimed multi-instrumentalist."Like James Taylor's voice or B.B. King's guitar, Alison Brown's banjo is an instrumentpossessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty." - Billboard Magazine
$35 orchestra/$30 balcony Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder January 15, 2010

Ricky Skaggs and his award-winning group return to The Sheldon with their trademark blend of classic bluegrass sounds and modern vitality and charisma. The winner of fourteen Grammys, multiple Country Music Association Awards, and twelve numberone hits, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are among Nashville's most honored musicians. $45 orchestra/$40 balcony

The Irish Rovers
March 5, 2010 With more than 36 years of performances and recordings to their credit, the Irish Rovers continue to charm and entertain audiences around the world with their exciting shows. The Irish Rovers have never lost their timeless ability to deliver arollicking, rousing performance, full of good cheer, that will soon have you singing along to familiar Irish folk songs.
$40 orchestra/$35 balcony Marty Stuart April 30, 2010 and His Fabulous SuperlativesGrammy Award-winning music icon Marty Stuart makes his Sheldon debut in his trademark Nudie suit, performing musicinspired by his Mississippi Delta upbringing and deep country roots.

Stuart has performed and recorded with music legendsincluding Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash and Doc Watson, and is destined to join their ranks as one of country music's mostinfluential stars.$40 orchestra/$35 balconySubscription Price: $175 orchestra/$155 balcony(Best Value!)Fantastic Folk is welcomed by KDHX 88.1
SHELDON CLASSICS Birthday Celebrations! Don't miss three evenings of glorious chamber music featuring members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and singers fromOpera Theatre of St. Louis, celebrating the birthdays of some of ourfavorite classical composers!

A complimentary dessert reception follows each concert, giving you an opportunity to meet the artists.Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Robert Schumann

January 27, 2010
Featuring violinist David Halen and pianist Peter HendersonWe celebrate the 200 th anniversary of the birth of the great Romantic composer Robert Schumann with performances of hisSonata for Violin No. 2 in A Minor, featuring Symphony Concert Master David Halen, and the Quartet for piano, violin, violaand cello. The evening will also include Schumann lieder and solo music for piano.

$30 orchestra/$25 balcony/$15 student (student tickets at the door, night-of-show only)
Chopin and PaderewskiMarch 10, 2010featuring pianist Peter Henderson and the Ilex TrioPianist Peter Henderson performs the glorious piano music of two Polish musical giants - Frederic Chopin on the 200 th anniversary of his birth, and Ignace Paderewski, marking his 150th birthday anniversary. Kristin Ahlstrom and Anne Fagerburgwill join Peter for a performance of Chopin's wonderful Piano Trio.
$30 orchestra/$25 balcony/$15 student (student tickets at the door, night-of-show only)

Samuel Barber April 28, 2010 Featuring cellist Bjorn Ranheim, baritone James Ivey, and pianist Peter HendersonThe American composer Samuel Barber was born 100 years ago and is probably best known for Adagio for Strings. A quartetof symphony musicians will perform the String Quartet, Op. 11 that contains the famous Adagio, and cellist Bjorn Ranheim will perform Barber's Cello Sonata. Baritone James Ivey will sing his Dover Beach for voice and string quartet, and PeterHenderson will play Barber's Excursions for piano.

$30 orchestra/$25 balcony/$15 student (student tickets at the door, night-of-show only)Subscription Price: $75 orchestra/$60 balcony (Best Value!)S HELDON C HORALE Enjoy beautiful choral repertoire performed by The Sheldon Chorale! The 27-person chorale is directed by Allen Carl Larson.Mondays at 8 p.m.Folk Songs From Around the WorldOctober 19, 2009The Chorale sings folk and love songs accompanied by piano, harp, banjo, flute and strings. Included on the program areBrahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes" from Austria, "My Gentle Harp" and "The Wearin' of the Green" from Ireland, and "Ring,Ring De Banjo" and "Shenandoah" from America.Yuletide ReflectionsDecember 14, 2009You are invited to celebrate the Christmas season with carols from around the world performed in the perfect acoustics of theSheldon Concert Hall. The concert also features Vivaldi's Gloria, one of his most popular works that is a favorite of musiclovers everywhere.

Beloved Sacred ChorusesFebruary 22, 2010

The Sheldon Chorale performs sacred choruses, including the haunting Requiem by Gabriel Faure, the beautiful "PanisAngelicus," and several choruses by the great classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.$15 adult / $10 student and senior general admissionSheldon Classics and Sheldon Chorale are welcomed by KFUO Classic 99 and KETC/Channel 9

COFFEE CONCERTS Enjoy complimentary coffee and pastries at 9 a.m. in the beautiful Louis Spiering Room, just before these one-hour concerts at 10a.m. in the historic Sheldon Concert Hall. (** indicates subscription series date)Debby Lennon and Carolbeth True - Gershwin!Tues. and Wed., Oct. 6** & 7, 2009Don't miss this tribute to American composer and pianist George Gershwin in a performance by two of St. Louis' top talents!With virtuoso Carolbeth True on piano and the jazzy vocals of singer Debby Lennon, you'll enJoy Songs such as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You" and more!$12 orchestra / $10 balconySt. Louis RagtimersTues. & Wed., Nov. 10** & 11, 2009Formed in 1961, the St. Louis Ragtimers combine piano, banjo, cornet and tuba for a morning of toe tappin' entertainment!

After decades of performances on the Goldenrod Showboat, pianist Trebor Tichenor and the Ragtimers have continued to impress audiences at concerts and festivals worldwide.$12 orchestra / $10 balconyChristmas with the Clarion BrassTues. & Wed., Dec. 8** & 9, 2009Celebrate the classic songs of Christmas with the Clarion Brass! The group is composed of some of the best brass players St. Louis has to offer, and they perform repertoire that spans more than five centuries - from Greensleeves and the NutcrackerSuite to your favorite Christmas carols. Don't miss this glorious holiday treat!$12 orchestra / $10 balconyBob Ceccarini, Pat Joyce and Charles GlennTues. & Wed., March 9** & 10, 2010Join a trio of talented musicians for a great morning of jazz and even some pre-St. Patrick's Day Irish favorites! TrumpeterBob Ceccarini has performed at numerous St. Louis venues and wows audiences with his playing.

He is joined by acclaimed pianist Pat Joyce, a regular of the Mid-America Jazz Festival, and soulful vocalist Charles Glenn.$12 orchestra / $10 balconySt. Louis StompersTues. & Wed., Apr. 6** & 7, 2010

Mixing Chicago and New Orleans style traditional jazz with Dixieland, the St. Louis Stompers produce a distinct sound thathas impressed audiences for more than 27 years! Performing in clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest, the Stompers'talented musicians weave together a variety of instrumental sounds that is sure to please!$12 orchestra / $10 balconySubscription Price: $55 orchestra/$45 balcony (Tuesday mornings)(Best Value!)Coffee Concerts are welcomed by PrimeLife Circuit

SATURDAY MATINEES Bring the entire family for these lively matinee concerts, Saturdays at 11 a.m.The Muny Kids - Just Imagine!January 30, 2010Take a musical journey with a young girl searching for true happiness - a story told through great musical theatre numbers.The Muny is a St. Louis institution, bringing Broadway music to life every summer for over 90 years.

The Muny Kids have theenergy and talent to make this a perfect concert for young and old!$10 adult reserved / $5 child reservedSt. Louis Irish ArtsFebruary 27, 2010

The talented young people of St. Louis Irish Arts, under the direction of Helen Gannon, will fill The Sheldon with the spirit of the Irish. The young singers, instrumentalists and especially the lively step dancers will bring a little bit of the Emerald Isle to St. Louis!$10 adult reserved / $5 child reservedBen Nordstrom & Katy Tibbetts BeckApril 17, 2010"Broadway Romance"Kevin Kline Award-winning actor Ben Nordstrom and singer Katy Tibbetts Beck bring the romance of Broadway to TheSheldon, as they perform a program celebrating spring, renewal, young love and the magic of the music of the Great WhiteWay. Enjoy Broadway hits by everyone from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim!$10 adult reserved / $5 child reservedSubscription Price: $20 adult/$10 child(Best Value!)

S PECIAL C ONCERTS Add variety to your series with these special concerts you won't want to miss! Patty LovelessThursday, September 17, 2009, 8 p.m. Acclaimed country singer Patty Loveless has lived the Nashville dream - emerging from a small coal-mining town in Kentucky toheadlining at the Grand Ole Opry. Known for hits such as "Blame It On Your Heart" and "How Can I Help You Say Goodbye,"the Grammy nominee returns to her roots, paying tribute to the bluegrass and vintage country sounds that inspired her. $42 orchestra/$38 balconyWelcomed by KDHX 88.1 FMBettye LaVetteFriday, September 25, 2009, 8 p.m.One of today's most powerful and emotional soul singers, Bettye LaVette is finally finding the critical and popular acclaim thatshe has long deserved over her 40 year career. With performances at the Kennedy Center Honors, the 2009 Presidential Inauguration concert, sold out concerts across the country, and a Grammy nomination to her credit this year, LaVette'sperformance will be a must-see concert this season!"LaVette's nuanced singing evokes prime Tina Turner with even more command." - Rolling Stone$35 orchestra/$30 balconyWelcomed by KDHX 88.1 FMRhonda Vincent & The RageSunday, October 4, 2009, 3 p.m.A multi-instrumentalist and talented singer, International Bluegrass Music Association award-winner Rhonda Vincent returnswith her band The Rage to strike a perfect balance between classic bluegrass sounds and her modern take on the genre. Don't miss another amazing performance by the "new queen of bluegrass!" - Wall Street Journal$30 orchestra/$25 balconyWelcomed by KDHX 88.1 FMTommy EmmanuelThursday, October 8, 2009, 8 p.m.One of Australia's most-beloved stars, guitar wizard Tommy Emmanuel has earned worldwide acclaim for his amazing skill and sharp wit. Called "without a doubt, one of the greatest guitar players on the planet" by Chet Atkins, the two-timeGrammy nominee has earned a constantly-growing and enthusiastic fan base over his 40-year career, and continues to workwith some of the world's best musicians including Eric Clapton, Joe Walsh, and Les Paul.$38 orchestra/$32 balconyWelcomed by KDHX 88.1 FM

Go Tell It on The MountainThe Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 8 p.m.One of today's most celebrated gospel groups, the Blind Boys of Alabama have spread the spirit and energy of pure soul gospel music for over 60 years, ever since the original group formed at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in 1939.The group has reached an unprecedented level of mainstream popularity, thanks in part to their collaborations with artistssuch as Ben Harper, Lou Reed and Bonnie Raitt.

$47 orchestra/$42 balconyWelcomed by KDHX 88.1 FM

Ladysmith Black MambazoSunday, February 14, 2010, 7:30 pm

Ladysmith Black Mambazo has spread their message of "peace, love and harmony" throughout the world for over 30 years,promoting their South African culture through captivating harmonies and traditional dance! The Grammy Award-winninggroup first rose to fame through their landmark collaboration with Paul Simon on his Graceland album, and have performed withartists as diverse as Dolly Parton, Stevie Wonder, and Paul McCartney.$40 orchestra/$35 balcony Welcomed by KDHX 88.1 FM


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