Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Summer Fun Guide: Music, Dance and More

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Summer Fun Guide: Music, Dance and More

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The peculiar predicaments of the men a lad apprenticed to pirates who wants to go straight ("The Pirates of Penzance"), a pair of jealous husbands and ardent lovers ("Il Tabarro/I Pagliacci"), a young man fighting with his nature as well as what he did ("Champion"), and a pushy fianc ("The Kiss") may dictate the action, but you wouldn't have much of a story without the strong women in the middle.

Mabel ("Pirates") may seem at first glance like an airhead ingenue, but she's strong enough to stand up to her sisters, father and a band of pirates to protect the tenor she loves. Giorgetta ("Tabarro") and Nedda ("Pagliacci") both decide to leave their husbands for the men they love, and both pay a terrible price. (Oops.) Emile ("Champion") would be a very different person without his mother, although that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. By standing up to Luk, Vendulka ("The Kiss") assures that their marriage starts out on a note of mutual respect.

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What Opera Theatre of St. Louis * When May 25-June 30 * Where Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road at Big Bend * How much $25- $128 * More info 314-961-0644, opera-stl.org

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MORE ARTS EVENTS

Big Muddy Dance Co.

Marking its second year as a company, Big Muddy Dance Company performs "Invigorate," a performance of new and classic works that includes the world premiere of "The Band" by choreographer and artistic director of gloATL, Lauri Stallings, and new work "The Beat," choreographed by Alvin Ailey artists Kirven Boyd and St. Louis native Antonio Douthit. What "Invigorate" * When 8 p.m. June 20-22 * Where Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, 1 University Boulevard * How much $25 * More info touhill.org

Circus Flora

Circus Flora's coolest act is the Flying Wallendas, a family business for whom the tools of the trade are trapezes and tightropes. But there's a lot more in this year's show, "A Trip to the Moon," from animal acts to acrobatic children, all under an air- conditioned big top. What Circus Flora * When May 30-June 23 * Where Behind Powell Hall, 718 North Grand Boulevard * How much $12.75- $55.25 * More info 314-289-4040, circusflora.org

Cortango

There's a new tango band in town: "Cortango," the brainchild of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra's Cally Banham. She and colleagues from the orchestra play Argentine tango specifically for dancers, not just listeners, with new arrangements that substitute the English horn for the bandoneon. What Tango St. Louis presents Cortango * When 7 p.m. May 19 * Where Ritz-Carlton, 100 Carondelet Plaza * How much $20 * More info tangostlouis.com

Gesher Music Festival

In its third season is the Gesher Music Festival from New Jewish Theater, June 21-30, featuring young artists and Jewish thematic content. What Gesher Music Festival * When June 21-30 * Where Various venues * How much $20-$36; More info 314-442-3283, geshermusicfestival.org

Missouri Chamber Music Festival

The Missouri Chamber Music Festival is now in its third season, with "A Celebration of Schubert and Stravinsky" and a world premiere, June 13-17. What Missouri Chamber Music Festival * When, where June 13 and 15 (First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, 10 West Lockwood Avenue); June 17 (CMS Concert Hall, Webster University, 535 Garden Avenue) * How much $20-$35 * More info 314- 882-0053, mochambermusic. …

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