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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 $4 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 22, 2019
Tuesday, November 19, 2019*
Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020*

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, Kevin Buckley, 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 20, 2019
Thursday, November 21, 2019*
Thursday, March 12, 2020*
Friday, March 13, 2020

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 Kevin Buckley, 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 6, 2019*
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Thursday, March 5, 2020*

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 Tim Albert

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

Friday, January 17, 2020*
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Friday, February 7, 2020

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 17, 2019
Friday, October 18, 2019
Thursday, November 14, 2019*
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Wednesday, February 26, 2020*
Friday, May 1, 2020

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

Monday, December 9, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019*

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 23, 2019
Thursday, October 24, 2019*
Friday, October 25, 2019
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020*
Wednesday, February 19. 2020*
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Friday, February 21, 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020*
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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 8, 2019
Friday, January 24, 2020

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

GOOD VIBRATIONS: THE SCIENCE OF SOUND

Good Vibrations: The Science of Sound

New this season!

Co-presented with the Saint Louis Science Center, The Sheldon presents an interactive program with live demonstrations, experiments, music and audience participation, exploring the fundamentals of sound.

Recommended Level:
Elementary - Middle School

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Wednesday, October 9, 2019*
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Thursday, January 23, 2020*
Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Wednesday, March 11, 2020*

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 6, 2020

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.