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The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus

Each Spring, Circus Flora sets up its “big top” in the parking lot of Powell Hall.  Over the years, the Flying Wallendas, Nino the Clown, and the St. Louis Arches have become familiar to many St. Louisans.  

For the second time, Circus Flora will move inside the hall, high wires and all, to join the St. Louis Symphony in a holiday production which will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” 

The symphony will perform a variety of Christmas favorites as well as several works by British composers. A Circus Flora member will provide narration with excerpts of the story, while the Flying Wallendas, a group of trained housecats and other circus acts entertain.

Circus Flora Founder and Artistic Director Ivor David Balding and St. Louis Symphony cellist Bjorn Ranheim were host Steve Potter’s guests to discuss the partnership, Dylan Thomas, the circus acts and the music.

Related Event

Circus Flora and the St. Louis Symphony Present "A Child's Christmas in Wales"
December 14 and 15, 2012
7:00 p.m.
December 16, 2012
2:00 p.m.
Powell Hall, 718 N. Grand Blvd.


Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years. From 1988-2014 she also taught an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University. Mary was inducted into the St. Louis Media History Foundation Media Hall of Fame in April, 2017 and received the Gateway Media Literacy Partners' Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award in 2012. Mary retired from St. Louis Public Radio in 2018, but still serves the station as a St. Louis Symphony Producer.
Alex is the executive producer of "St. Louis on the Air" at St. Louis Public Radio.

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