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The Sheldon's 100th Anniversary Celebration

The Sheldonbills itself as the perfect place for music and art and the Sheldon Concert Hall has been called “The Carnegie Hall of the Midwest.”  This year marks the 100th anniversary of The Sheldon which was named after Walter Sheldon, who founded the St. Louis branch of the Ethical Society.  The building was designed by Louis C. Spiering, the architect of the 1904 World’s Fair.

Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis jazz pianist Peter Martin in advance of the 100th anniversary world premiere of “This Present Past,” a work composed by Martin and featuring a poem by Howard Nemerov.

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Peter Martin described the Sheldon Concert Hall as being great for a lot of musical memories, starting when he was child.  "It’s just such a wonderful, resonant room. There's nothing that gets in the way from the artist to the audience. No barriers, nothing artificial. To me, it just feels like a big jazz club," said Martin.

Here’s a sneak peek of the piece which will be performed Thursday, October 11th at 8:00 p.m. at the Sheldon Concert Hall.

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