Our exciting House Concert series returns this fall as we move from the beautiful interiors of these historic homes to their stunning gardens to ensure the safety of our artists and patrons.
Tickets are limited due to social distancing guidelines. Patron-level pricing includes reserved seating as well as a tax-deductible donation to UAO. Hurry, these concerts are guaranteed to sell out again this year.
ALL 3:00PM concerts are SOLD OUT. Reservations are now being taken for the 5:00PM concerts online only.
As a result of the continued social distancing guidelines it will be assumed that any tickets that are purchased together will be seated together. All attendees will be required to wear face coverings at all times.
$100 – Individual Patron Level Ticket
(includes the best reserved seats and a $50 tax-deductible donation)
$50 – Individual Ticket
Concerts start at 3:00 PM and 5:00 PM | Garden opens 3o minutes prior.
September 27 | University City
Our first Garden Concert will feature St. Louis’ own star of stage and theatre, Ms. Debby Lennon and pianist Nancy Mayo. Debby is a favorite at UAO (seen most recently as Mrs. Mullen in Carousel), and at just about every other venue in town including the St. Louis Symphony, the MUNY, and recently many highly-acclaimed performances at Max and Louie Productions. In the beautiful University City garden of Dr. Richard and Mary Ann Shaw, Ms. Lennon will sing an enchanting, varied recital including musical theatre favorites, art songs and operatic hits. A few titles from her song list include: “Somebody, Somewhere” (Most Happy Fella), Cole Porter’s “So in Love”, and “Vissi d’arte” (Tosca).
Rain Date – Monday, September 28
October 11 | Central West End
St. Louisans Rose Fischer, soprano and Randell McGee, baritone headline our second Garden Concert singing familiar songs from the rich African-American Spiritual tradition. Both Ms. Fischer and Mr. McGee have appeared in many UAO productions over the years and would have been featured in roles our 2020 season, now postponed to 2021 (Cradle Will Rock). This is sure to be a moving and entertaining performance with many beloved traditional arrangements from H.T. Burleigh “Stand Still Jordan” , Hall Johnson “Witness”, Margaret Bond’s stirring “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, as well as more contemporary arrangements such as “I Feel the Spirit Moving” and “Steal Away to Heaven” by Mark Hayes. This program will take place in the heart of the Central West End in the garden of Dr. Tony and Melanie Fathman, and the pianist for this concert will be UAO’s own Artistic Director, Scott Schoonover.
Rain Date – Monday, October 12
October 25 | Compton Heights
Our Garden Concert Series will close with an afternoon of grand opera arias and duets from St. Louis musical power couple – husband/wife duo Jacob Lassetter and Karen Kanakis. Both of these artists have performed extensively in St. Louis since they arrived here a few years ago at Union Avenue Opera and at Winter Opera St. Louis, as well as having performance credits at companies across the country. Collaborating with them for this tour de force will be Nancy Mayo, pianist. They will perform arias from Carmen (“Votre toast”), Rusalka (“Song to the Moon”), duets from Il trovatore (“Mira, di acerbe lagrime”), and Merry Widow (“Waltz Duet”), and many more. This fall concert will take place in the garden of Dr. Kenneth and Marjorie Smith in the Compton Heights neighborhood of St. Louis.
Rain Date – Monday, October 26