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Sinquefields help to found St. Louis Gift Pledge campaign

by Dean Minderman

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Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield are among the founders of the St. Louis Gift Pledge, a new campaign to encourage successful St. Louisans to make a significant gift of at least $1 million to a St. Louis charitable organization during their lifetime or in their will.

Sponsored by the St. Louis Community Foundation, the campaign’s goal is to publicize local giving and encourage more people to support St. Louis through philanthropy. In asking a group of St. Louisans to come forward with their intentions to give $1 million or more, the St. Louis Gift Pledge aims to inspire others to take action; to bring together those who value the impact St. Louis has had on their lives, and want to give back to our community; and to promote open conversations about philanthropy in the St. Louis area.

“Giving is something you do, and we’ve always made a point of supporting charities,” said Jeanne Sinquefield in a profile of the couple on the St. Louis Gift Pledge website. “It’s always been part of our budget, and the only thing that has changed over the years is how much there is to give.”

As noted in the profile, the Sinquefields support major St. Louis institutions like the St. Louis Symphony, the Botanical Garden, the St. Louis Art Museum, and St. Louis University, and also have developed and funded innovative projects based on their personal interests, such as the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis and the Mizzou New Music Initiative.

Other local organizations that already have benefited from the philanthropy of St. Louis Gift Pledge participants include COCA, College Bound, Contemporary Art Museum, Craft Alliance, Fontbonne University, Forest Park Forever, Jazz at the Bistro, Jewish Community Center, Jewish Federation, Jewish Food Pantry, KDHX Radio, Lift for Life Academy, St. Louis Zoo, The Sheldon, Washington University, and Webster University.

For more information about the St. Louis Gift Pledge, visit their website at http://www.stlouisgiftpledge.org/.

Tuesday
09
August 2016
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A look at the 2016 Mizzou International Composers Festival

by Dean Minderman
Tuesday
09
August 2016
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“City of Music” TV special pays tribute
to 250 years of St. Louis musical history

by Dean Minderman

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

Peter Martin and Denise Thimes at The Sheldon

“City of Music,” a two-hour television special exploring 250 years of St Louis’ contributions to America’s musical heritage, will premiere on PBS affiliate Nine Network in two parts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17.

Produced with funding from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, “City of Music” weaves historic narrative and interviews with live performances recorded last October at the Sheldon Concert Hall in St. Louis.

In addition to appearances by some of St. Louis’ top musicians, including Peter Martin, Denise Thimes, Kim Massie, Billy Peek, the Illphonics, the St. Louis Ragtimers and more, the concert also featured Alarm Will Sound performing works by Martin and the Mizzou New Music Initiative‘s Stefan Freund that were commissioned specifically for the occasion.

The concert and documentary both have their origins in an idea by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation’s Jeanne Sinquefield and Stefan Freund. “The concept was to celebrate the past and future of all the styles of original music from St Louis and Missouri,” said Sinquefield.

To make the idea a reality, they enlisted the help of Paul Reuter, executive director of The Sheldon. “Paul suggested having it at the Sheldon and making it a real gala,” Sinquefield said. “While Stefan and I provided general ideas for type of music and performers, the event never would have happened without Paul doing most of the work. He found the performers, commissioned the new works, and persuaded Nine Network to do the documentary on the concert.”

You can hear more about “City of Music” in this interview that Peter Martin and Nine Network’s Patrick Murphy did with St. Louis Public Radio.

A re-broadcast of both parts is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, and Nine Network also plans to distribute the program to other PBS affiliates around the nation.

Monday
16
March 2015
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