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The Sheldon introduces young people to jazz, folk, classical, blues and the American musical in weekday morning programs for school groups. Teacher packets are available for each program, for use before or after the concert, and tickets are just $3.50 each. Concerts begin at 10:00 a.m. unless * (10:30 a.m.).Call The Sheldon Education Coordinator at 314.533.9900 for reservations or more information.

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THE JAZZ STORY

The Jazz Story
Study Guide

Featuring Carolbeth True, Kim Fuller, Jeff Anderson, Randy Holmes, and Kevin Gianino.

Your students will experience the story of America's unique creation, jazz - from Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday to Dave Brubeck and Herbie Hancock.

Recommended Level: Elementary/Middle School

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Tuesday, November 7, 2017*
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Tuesday, January 30, 2018*
Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: CA4, CA5, CA7, SS6

Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

Click these links to view clips from The Jazz Story:

"It Don't Mean A Thing"
"St. Louis Blues"

FOLK MUSIC IN THE MELTING POT

Folk Music in the Melting Pot
Study Guide

Featuring Charlie Pfeffer, John Higgins, Ellen Gomez and Sandy Weltman

Explore the folk music of America, from Colonial-era ballads and Southern spirituals, to songs of the cowboys and folk songs of the 20th century.

Recommended level: Elementary/Middle School

Wednesday, November 1, 2017*
Thursday, November 2, 2017 - CANCELLED
Tuesday, January 16, 2018*
Wednesday, March 14, 2018*
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: CA4, CA5, CA7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

Click these links to view clips from Folk Music in the Melting Pot:

"This Land Is Your Land"
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"

THE MUSIC OF LEWIS AND CLARK

The Music of Lewis and Clark
Study Guide

Featuring John Higgins, Annie Scheumbauer and Michael Banvard

Follow the amazing adventures of Lewis and Clark, with a musical journey from St. Louis, up the Missouri River, across the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Pacific Ocean!

Recommended level: Elementary/Middle School

Wednesday, November 8, 2017*
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Thursday, March 8, 2018*

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: CA4, CA5, CA7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

NOTHIN' BUT THE BLUES

Nothin' but the Blues
Study Guide

Featuring Charlie Pfeffer, Sharon Foehner, Sandy Weltman and Matthew Von Doran

From its African roots and formation in the Mississippi Delta, to its spread up the river to St. Louis, Memphis, Chicago and Kansas City, the story of the blues is the story of America’s music!

Recommended level: Elementary/Middle School

Wednesday, January 17, 2018*
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Thursday, February 15, 2018
Friday, February 16, 2018*

Click these links to view clips from Nothin' But the Blues:

"Engine Room"
"Wade in the Water"

THE AMERICAN MUSICAL

The American Musical
Study Guide

Featuring Alicia Like, Zoe Vonder Haar, Ben Nordstrom, John Flack and Steve Neale

It takes a good story, lyrics, music, dance and staging to put a musical together. Enjoy a fast-paced look at the process, with several numbers from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story as an example.

Recommended level: Middle/High School

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Friday, October 20, 2017
Friday, February 9, 2018
Monday, February 12*, 2018
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Wednesday, April 25, 2018*

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: FA1, CA4, CA5, CA7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

Click this link to view a clip from The American Musical:

"America" from West Side Story

WINTER WONDERLAND

Winter Wonderland

featuring Zoe Vonder Haar, John Flack, Peter Merideth, Emily Knox Kuhn and Steve Neale

Celebrate the season with a wonderful mix of winter and holiday music, old and new, performed by acclaimed actress Zoe Vonder Haar and a cast of some of St. Louis' finest singers! Hear favorites such as "Winter Wonderland", "I'll Be Home For Christmas," and many others including the Oscar winning song from Frozen, "Let It Go".

Recommended level: Middle/High School

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017*

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: FA1, CA4, CA5, CA7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

DRUMS AND DANCES OF AFRICA

Drums and Dances of Africa
Study Guide

Featuring Afriky Lolo

Introduce your students to the sounds and movements of West Africa in this high energy education program! Diadie Bathily and Afriky Lolo take audiences on a journey to another culture, with music and dance that celebrate history, nature and community.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017*
Friday, October 27, 2017
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Wednesday, February 21, 2018*
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Friday, February 23, 2018
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Friday, May 4, 2018*

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: FA1-5, CA5-7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

CLASSICAL CONNECTIONS

Classical Connections

featuring Jane Price, violin; Ken Kulosa, cello; and Patti Wolf, piano

The Sheldon brings classical music to life for middle and high school students! Top classical musicians present The Piano Trio, the most intimate yet versatile of chamber ensembles – the rock band of the classical world!

Recommended level: Middle/High School

Friday, November 17, 2017
Friday, January 19, 2018

This program is available for in-school performances. Contact The Sheldon Educational Coordinator at 314.533.9900 ext. 27.

Fulfills Missouri Knowledge Standards: FA1-5, CA5-7, SS6
Fulfills Illinois Learning Standards 25A,B; 26A,B; 27A,B

THE SOUND AND SCIENCE OF MUSIC

The Sound and Science of Music
Study Guide

featuring Dan Rubright, Sandy Weltman, Farshid Soltanshahi & Feyza Eren

What is sound? How do instruments work? This STEAM program reveals the science behind the music all around us. Through fast-paced live demonstrations by top local musicians, this fun, humorous and interactive presentation will delight and inspire audiences of all ages.

Recommended Level:
Elementary - Middle School

Tuesday, October 17, 2017*
Wednesday, October 18 ,2017
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Wednesday, November 29, 2017*
Wednesday, January 10, 2018*
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Wednesday, March 21, 2018*
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018

ST. LOUIS CLASSICAL ALL-STARS

Presented by The Sheldon and Community Music School of Webster University.

Six top student musicians will perform short works designed to introduce classical music to their peers in an attractive format, to inspire study of a musical instrument or voice and participation in school music programs, and to plant seeds for future listening to and exploration of the classical music genre.

Friday, March 9, 2018

WORKSHOPS AND MASTER CLASSES

Artists appearing on Sheldon series often present workshops and master classes for talented high school and college students. Teachers are encouraged to call The Sheldon for more information.