Archive for January, 2011

JPW and friends

Well, if you were unable to attend last night’s BIRTHDAY BASH for John Powel Walsh, I gotta’ tell ya’ — you missed it!  What a TOTAL BLAST!!   For those of you who were there, THANK YOU for such a delightful, fun, unforgettable evening!  And thank you for your contribution to the Chorale!

Good heavens, John has fantastic friends~~WOW!  And I think almost every one of them was there last night!  I’d be nuts to even TRY to name names!  I’ll just put it this way — the creme-de-la-creme was there!  A walk through the crowd “eavesdropping” would have revealed the most animated, interesting, eclectic mix of topics one could imagine!  Laughter abounded.  Tom Kavanaugh did catch a few folks in mid-schmooze…some of these will undoubtedly find their way to the website!  (Uh-oh!  Better check it out!)

I’m not really sure exactly how many guests attended – some folks dropped in for a little while, others of us (including yours truly) stayed the entire evening!  The refreshments – so delicious and beautifully presented, discreetly distributed all around the Shaws’ home – were the wondrous handiwork of Leslie Caplan and Jeanine Hayes.  Special kudos to the two of them.  And, while I’m at it, a HUGE thank you to Mary Ann and Dick Shaw for so graciously opening their gorgeous home for this gathering.  Truthfully, now…when was the last time you went to a truly elegant affair that was also a complete BALL?!?!

But the biggest thank you goes to the Birthday Honoree himself, John Powel Walsh.  It was John’s fabulous idea to make his birthday party an opportunity to support the SLWC.  Thank you, John!   With such a generous spirit, it’s no wonder John has so many magnificent friends!  (Not to mention his totally awesome spouse, Paula!)

Happy Birthday, John, and many, many more!  And thanks all ’round to everyone who contributed to make last night an absolutely unforgettable evening!


Click here to see the pics on Facebook.


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Welcome to the new blog of the St. Louis Women’s Chorale. I’m the Chorale’s (fairly) new Artistic Director, Kathy Brown. And besides the blog, the new year, and me there are lots of other new things about the Chorale. Some of those new things will be the subjects of future posts.

But the subject of this, the first post of “Notes and Grace Notes,” is the announcement of an exciting new Spring season with three great concerts in as many months.

Our first concert this spring will be at the Sheldon Concert Hall on March 15th (two days before St. Patrick’s Day).  Our concert is entitled “Wearin’ o’ the Green” an Irish/Celtic Concert.

The next will be at the St. Louis Abbey, and is entitled “Passiontide.” It will feature Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and several other sacred works.

The final concert will be scheduled Maryville for sometime in May, “An American Cabaret.” This will include a number of patriotic songs and “flag wavers” (which we can also utilize at veterans & community functions), and some great old Broadway favorites, too!  (An opportunity to really be hams!  Hah!)

I think that’s about it, other than to say that I wish you a marvelous New Year, and look forward to our upcoming Spring season together!  HAPPY 2011!


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