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Ensemble Galilei Performs with NPR’s Neal Conan

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"Ensemble Galilei"

Consider a picture book with background music in a movie theater and you will find “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Experience thoughts from Charles Darwin literature and many more famous explorers, aided by Ensemble Galilei’s music and National Geographic Image Selection Photographs.

A group of musicians known as Ensemble Galilei have combined visuals and narratives with their melodic compositions. Neal Conan, the host of NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” narrates their latest show titled, “First Person: Stories from the Edge of the World.”

Pictures from National Geographic are displayed on a movie screen behind the performers on their various instruments. Their music incorporates Irish, Scottish, early and original music.

The next local showing of Ensemble Galilei with Neal Conan, is in Joplin, Mo., March 6, at Pro Musica Joplin in the Central Christian Center, 410 Virginia.


  • Kathryn Montoya, recorders, oboe, and whistle
  • Sue Richards, Celtic harp
  • Carolyn Anderson Surrick, viola da gamba
  • Hanneke Cassel, Scottish fiddle
  • Allison Edberg, early fiddle
  • Glen Velez, percussion (selected performances)
  • Neal Conan, Narrator
    For selected performances: actor Bill Pullman and Liane Hanson from National Public Radio

A gala affair

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A short while ago, world-renowned cello master Yo-Yo Ma gave a gala performance at Powell Symphony Hall in St. Louis as part of a fundraiser for the many programs provided by the city’s world-renowned orchestra. It’s always the case – as I suspect it might be with others – that after I go to a concert it’s mandated by some unseen force that I listen to that band or performer on repeat for at least a week. I’ve never quite been able to explain why.

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Written by Sangeeta Shastry

November 7, 2009 at 12:19 am

Ruben Toledo Creates New Covers for Classics

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Penguin Books unveiled new covers for three of their classic pieces of literature on August 25 to coincide with New York Fashion Week: Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and The Scarlet Letter.

Toldeo's covers for The Scarlet Letter, Pride and Prejudice and Wuthering Heights

They are available at the University Bookstore! I read about them in Vogue and The New Yorker a few months ago, but as is usually the case with designer specials, I didn’t think Missouri, much less Columbia, would get access to them. Until I saw them in the “Classics” section while perusing the fiction at the MU bookstore.


The brooding Heathcliff

Toledo is known for his whimsical drawings which can be seen in Nordstrom’s national designer ad campaign as well as The New Yorker, Vogue, the New York Times, Harper’s Bazaar and Interview. His wife, fashion designer Isabel Toledo, designed the dress First Lady Michelle Obama wore at her husband’s inauguration in January. The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City had an exhibition back in 2000 called “Toledo/Toledo: A Marriage of Art and Fashion” that showcased his artwork and her designs.

The covers are fantastic, and even though I read all three books years ago, they made me want to read them over again (and I did). The New York Times called his Lizzy Bennet on the cover of Pride and Prejudice “a Regency gossip girl and Darcy as her Mr. Big in knee breeches”.

Check out the covers at the MU bookstore in the Classics section.

Written by Nancy Stiles

November 3, 2009 at 7:26 pm

French Illustrator Garance Doré

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As an avid follower of fashion, I’ve found that blogs are an excellent source for inspiration. The Sartorialist, a photo fashion blog run by photographer Scott Schuman showcases street style in cities from New York to Paris to Milan to even Dallas. Schuman puts together a monthly column/piece for GQ (a magazine you should definitely read for style insight, even if you’re a girl–I steal my brother’s copy every month) and then posts those photos and countless others on his blog.

Schumans photo of his San Francisco driver

Schuman's photo of his San Francisco driver

The great thing is that Schuman hasn’t been formally trained in photography or fashion; he just has a great eye. He’s in the middle of doing a tour for his book The Sartorialist and posted a photo today of his San Francisco driver. “This man’s car was spotless, his shoes were shined and he knew exactly where he was going. He wasn’t dressed like that for me, he had no idea who I was, this was just another day and just another ride done in his own stylish way,” he writes in the post.

Of course, there are jokes about how to get shot by The Sartorialist–ride a bike, own something double-breasted–but I think Schuman’s subjects are impossibly cool. I recently stumbled upon his girlfriend’s blog: Garance Doré.

Doré with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

Doré with designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana

She writes in French, but has recently started having her posts translated into English. A photographer and illustrator, she does work for Vogue Paris and, among other things, just had a sold out line of tshirts featuring her drawings at the très chic French boutique Collette. She’s spunky, cute, and oh-so-French. She worked with Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Rotfield during Fashion Week, and yet is somehow approachable and the girl next door (albeit one with great fashion sense). She’s endearing rather than vicious, which is much more common in the fashion world (I love reading the girls over at New York magazine’s The Cut, but their tweets from the runway can be harsh).

One of Dorés illustrations

One of Doré's illustrations

Her most recent posts are translated into English, but overall, most of them aren’t. If you speak French, I’d recommend trying to go through them; it’s a lot easier than reading Le Clèzio! Go check her out. I’m planning on seeing The September Issue at the Ragtag this week so keep an eye out for that!

Written by Nancy Stiles

October 26, 2009 at 3:02 pm

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Experiencing the Bluebird

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Hip hop was the music of choice at Tonic Saturday night during the Bluebird Music and Arts Festival. Indyground record label provided a handful of artists including Stiddy P, Earthworms, and DJ Mahf. Though the crowd wasn’t so big, the atmosphere was intense. Local artists painted to the beat of each of the sets performed. It was really a perfect blend of music, art and entertainment. Too bad you had to be 21 to get in.

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Written by Andew Feiler

October 18, 2009 at 11:42 am

Decemberists will perform inside Blue Note tonight

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Indie-rock group, the Decemberists, are set to take stage at the Blue Note tonight. Originally, the concert was scheduled to be outdoors and open to concertgoers at 6:00 p.m. The show has now moved inside, and doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

The Decemberists’ fifth and latest album, The Hazards of Love, was released earlier this year, and has proven to be a huge success. In a rather atypical fashion, the band created a type of folk-story out of the album. Lead singer Colin Meloy asked Shara Worden, of My Brightest Diamond, and Lavender Diamond‘s Becky Stark to work and tour with them for the album.

Following the story format, the Decemberists generally play all of the album’s songs in order from first to last. They are expected to do so tonight as well. Especially popular songs from The Hazards of Love include the delightfully morbid “The Rake’s Song” and the Colin-Shara duo “The Wanting Comes in Waves/Repaid”.

Laura Veirs and the Hall of Flames are scheduled to open for the Decemberists at the Blue Note tonight. Tickets for the show are $23 at the door.

Written by Katie Davis

October 7, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Black Joe Lewis revs up Columbia on first night of Roots ‘N Blues

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Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears left its already clapping and dancing crowd yelling for more last night after a 90-minute set filled with Lewis’ wailing into the night with the Honeybears’ electric guitars and saxophones and drumming that never rested.

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Written by Sangeeta Shastry

September 26, 2009 at 12:36 pm