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Summer Concerts: Little Hills festival combines food, art, music

The Festival of the Little Hills is taking place in St. Charles this weekend. For our family, that was the serendipitous festival.

Somehow, the day we would decide to go to St. Charles and check out Main Street would coincide with Little Hills. We never planned it. But here’s the alert so you can.

Food booths and art are plentiful along Main Street and in Frontier Park. And the music keeps going all three days. The party gets started at 4 p.m. Fri., Aug. 21, and runs until 10 that night. Saturday hours are 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday starts at 9:30 a.m. and shuts down at 5 p.m.

Music can’t be heard the entire time, but most of the hours are filled at the Jaycee Stage at the Riverfront. Here’s the lineup:

Friday: 4th Street Band (5-6 p.m.); Hillbilly Authority (6:30-7:45 p.m.); and That 80s Band (8:30-10 p.m.)

Saturday: St. Charles Municipal Band (10-11 a.m.); Gateway Jazz Quartet (1-2 p.m.) TNT and the Hard Drives (5-6 p.m.); Leland’s Road (6:30-7:45 p.m.) and The Biscuits (8:30-10 p.m.)

Sunday: St. Charles Municipal Big Band (noon-1:15 p.m.); Water Taxi (1:34-2:45 p.m.)  and Miss Jubilee (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

A different free musical event will be at the Missouri History Museum Thursday night as part of the Gesher Music Festival. Degenerate Music will be played, with festival director Sara Sitzer telling the stories behind the music the Nazis condemned.  The program consists of Mahler’s Piano Quartet, Webern’s 6 Bagatelles, Stravinsky’s Piano-Rag Music, Hindemith’s Overture to “The Flying Dutchman” as sight-read by a Bad Spa Orchestra at 7 in the Morning by the Well, Schoenberg’s Ode to Napoleon and Weill’s Youkali.

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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.