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Summer concerts: May starts the parade, also consider wineries and the Pulitzer

Renée Cox “It Shall Be Named”

With the calendar turning to May, the outdoor concert season will be heading into full swing. While the big list, which is at the end of the article, is made up of free series, we’ll try to point out some other free musical events that St. Louisans may enjoy.

A new series starting this week is Clayton's May Musical Mondays.

Friday night as part of the reopening of the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, David Lang’s “where I am alone” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. As the website notes, this commissioned work will feature “a choir of local singers from St. Louis Children’s Choir, the St. Louis Symphony IN UNISON Chorus, and Webster University.” The Foundation is at 3716 Washington Boulevard in Grand Center. Also hosting receptions for new exhibits are the Kemper Museum at Washington University and the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Free shuttles will run between the university and Grand Center. The Pulitzer is hosting a variety of Press Play events this summer.

People might want to travel just a short way outside the urban core for free music, lovely settings and, of course, wine. On May 2, for example, Encore will play at the Chandler Hill Vineyards at Defiance, Schmitts & Grins will be at Blumenhof Winery in Dutzow and Jake’s Leg will bring its touch of the Grateful Dead to Mount Pleasant Estates Winery in Augusta.

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We are looking for other free, outdoor concert series to add. We have contacted some and will get the information onto the chart as soon as possible. Check back weekly for information about upcoming concerts.

Send information to dkorando@stlpublicradio.org.

Donna Korando started work in journalism at SIU’s Daily Egyptian in 1968. In between Carbondale and St. Louis Public Radio, she taught high school in Manitowoc, Wis., and worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the copy editor and letters editor for the editorial page from 1973-77. As an editorial writer from 1977-87, she covered Illinois and city politics, education, agriculture, family issues and sub-Saharan Africa. When she was editor of the Commentary Page from 1987-2003, the page won several awards from the Association of Opinion Page Editors. From 2003-07, she headed the features copy desk.