“A musical collaboration between the International Institute of St. Louis and the St. Louis Symphony will have the sounds of Syria, Somalia, Palestine, Bosnia, Congo and Cuba streaming from the gym at the institute come May 3,” reports Kelly Moffitt on Wednesday (4/27) at St. Louis Public Radio. “The purpose of Music without Boundaries is to make immigrants new to the area feel welcomed by connecting them to the sounds of their homeland…. Maureen Byrne, the director of community programs at the St. Louis Symphony, [said] … ‘You don’t need to speak English to come to Powell Hall and enjoy a concert. It has always had that tradition.’ … Christian Woehr is the music director and music arranger for the String of Arda as well as a violist for the St. Louis Symphony. His group will perform selections he has arranged from various countries on May 3.… Woehr encourages members of the audience to come talk to him and sing any melody they can remember of songs back home. He then uses these melodies to compose future Music without Boundaries selections.”

Posted April 28, 2016