Arts & Faith St. Louis Summer Programs: Shakespeare & Opera

Arts & Faith St. Louis, a new entity that emerged through the planning of the September 11th Interfaith Commemoration in Music, has begun to support arts groups in developing programs that are meaningful and, we hope, exciting for our interfaith community. Please consider attending one or more of these events this summer.

Opera Theatre of St. Louis Spotlight on Opera: Dialogue of the Carmelites

Monday June 2, 2014 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
9001 Clayton Rd., St. Louis, MO 63117

Based on a true story of Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution, “Dialogues of the Carmelites” challenges modern understandings of faith and courage, asking audiences to contemplate the true meaning of sacrifice. Guest speaker Dr. Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, Society of the Sacred Heart, will lead off the conversation with reflections on this true story, joined on the panel by conductor Ward Stare, director Robin Guarino, and soprano Christine Brewer. The panel will be moderated by general director Timothy O’Leary, and there will be an audience Q&A at the end of the event. Tickets are $12.00 and can be purchased at or at the door. For more information, contact Allison Felter at 314-963-4250 or email


Shakespeare Festival of St. Louis Green Show: Forgiveness in Shakespeare

Sunday June 8, 2014 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Shakespeare Glen in Forest Park (in front of St. Louis Art Museum)

Some of history’s vilest, most cunning statesmen appear in Henry IV. Complex situations arise as men try to outfox one another in rebellions, power struggles, and battles of wit. The fighting seems eternal, inevitable. But in other plays, Shakespeare tells a different story, of redemption and forgiveness. The centuries-old playwright presents a radical model for peacemaking that resonates in communities today shaken by fissures between religion, race, class, and beyond. Join us for a presentation and discussion about our role in promoting peaceful understanding.


Opera Theatre of St. Louis: Following in the Footsteps of Women

Tuesday June 10, 2014 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Missouri History Museum Grand Hall, Lindell and DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri

Presented in partnership with the Missouri History Museum and Arts & Faith St. Louis, this panel discussion will highlight the stories of iconic women who have led others with their beliefs, and in some cases, made the ultimate sacrifice while doing so. From the time of Poulenc’s Carmelite nuns during the French Revolution, to America’s Civil Rights movement and recent political events across the globe, women of faith have risked their lives by taking defining stands for their beliefs. This FREE program is offered in the Grand Hall at the Missouri History Museum, 5700 Lindell Boulevard in Forest Park, St. Louis.

FREE to the public. Seating is first come, first served. Reservations available in advance at


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