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St. Louis Jewish Light

Sara Sitzer is an accomplished cellist who is a member of the Elgin (Ill.) Symphony and the founding artistic director of the Gesher Music Festival.   

Gesher Music Festival to run chamber music series Aug. 8-18

July 28, 2019

Now in its ninth season, the Jewish Community Center's Gesher Music Festival returns for two weeks in August, offering chamber music with a multicultural twist. The festival will run from Aug. 8-18 with three formal concerts as well as informal opportunities...

From left: Cristina Buciu, Lucy Dhegrae and Dana Hotle are three of the featured artists in this year’s Gesher Music Festival.

2019 Summer Arts Guide

BY MIKE SHERWIN & ELLEN FUTTERMAN, MANAGING EDITOR & EDITOR May 22, 2019

The big chill of this past winter finally thawed, just in time for the weather — and the St. Louis arts scene — to sizzle. As the temperature heats up, so does the local entertainment scene, with literally dozens of live performances, concerts, festivals...

Karen Kim

Gesher Music Festival returns Aug. 10-20

July 26, 2017

The Gesher Music Festival will return in August for its seventh season of bringing professional musicians to St. Louis to perform chamber music with a “Jewish twist” or inflection. This year’s theme, “War & Peace,” explores music and...

Ricky Ian Gordon

In newest opera form, ‘Grapes of Wrath’ still speaks truth

BY PATRICIA CORRIGAN, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT March 15, 2017

When the Minnesota Opera asked Ricky Ian Gordon some years ago to compose an opera based on John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath,” Gordon had not read the book and  didn’t want to say so. “I lied and said I needed time to reread it,” Gordon...

Sara Sitzer performs during the Gesher Music Festival in 2013.

The J’s Gesher Music Festival starts Aug. 11

July 27, 2016

The Jewish Community Center’s Gesher Music Festival will return in August for its sixth season of chamber music with a Jewish twist. This year’s theme, “American Dreams,” explores the stories of immigration, patriotism and Americana through the...

Musicians perform during the 2013 Gesher Music Festival. This year’s festival will take place Aug. 11-21.

Columnist is happy to be back

Lois Caplan, Columnist Emeritus July 20, 2016

BEING AWAY FROM THE LIGHT, the publication I dearly love, and its readers, has been painful. My gratitude to those who enticed me back is endless. So here, by request, are very special stories that, in my humble opinion, make our community a better place...

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