St. Louis Symphony helps Jewish community celebrate Shabbat


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ELLEN FUTTERMAN, Editor-in-Chief

The Jewish Community Center is inviting the entire community to a free, outdoor “house” concert. It’s featuring some talented musical guests: small ensembles composed of members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Together they are presenting a “Symphony Prelude to Shabbat,” featuring music from legendary Jewish composers such as George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Aaron Copeland and more. The hour-long show will take place Friday, June 25 at 5 p.m. at the J’s Staenberg Family Complex TSG Day Camp Pavilion and Soccer Field.

Those in attendance will be treated to a brass quintet, woodwind quintet and string quartet, the latter of which will feature Rabbi Amy Feder of Congregation Temple Israel as vocalist. Feder is also president of the St. Louis Rabbinical and Cantorial Association.

Guests are encouraged to arrive as early as 4:30 p.m. and bring camp chairs or blankets to sit on. Water bottles are allowed but coolers are not. Beverages, however, will be available for purchase.

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And keep your fingers crossed for sunshine — the program will not be held in the case of inclement weather. RSVPs are requested at Be sure to include an email address with your RSVP to be notified of any updates, especially if the weather looks iffy.

The program is part of SLSO on the Go, a series of limited-capacity, outdoor pop-up concerts featuring chamber music at local settings such as places of worship, medical centers, Soldiers Memorial and Forest Park.