Chuck Lavazzi is the producer for the arts calendars and senior performing arts critic at 88.1 KDHX, the local correspondent for Cabaret Scenes magazine, the host of The Cabaret Project’s monthly open mic night at the Tavern of Fine Arts, and entirely to blame for the Stage Left blog at stageleft-stlouis.blogspot.com. He’s a member of the Music Critics Association of North America and the St. Louis Theater Circle.
Chuck has been acting, designing sound, and occasionally directing theatrical productions since roughly the Bronze Age. His one-man show Just a Song at Twilight: the Golden Age of Vaudeville, presented at the Missouri History Museum, was the opening production of the West End Players Guild’s 101st season. He has also appeared with Stray Dog, Metro Theatre Company, The Rep, Midwest Lyric Opera, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, St. Louis Shakespeare, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and even the St. Louis Symphony, where he narrated Peter and the Wolf. He and his lovely wife Sherry live in a house that’s older than both of them put together in the historic and utterly charming Soulard neighborhood.
In a new biography of Mozart, English author and Classic FM presenter John Suchet notes that, despite a life with its share of personal, professional, and financial trials, Mozart was "surely the happiest composer who ever lived."
The St. Louis Symphony kicks off the new season this week with the first in a series of all-Mozart concerts. There's also an concert by an classical crossover duo at the Sheldon.
The fall theatre season gets serious this week with many new shows joining an already crowded list of offerings.
The fall classical concert season begins with two St. Louis Symphony events, along with chamber music as well as vocal music from India.
Labor Day weekend is usually a bit slow on the local theatre scene, but this one is more lively than usual.
The big Labor Day weekend freeze is rapidly approaching, but there's still plenty of great theatre and cabaret in town.