The annual Des Lee High School Music Festival will feature a day of clinics and rehearsals with University of Missouri-St. Louis music faculty members and culminate with a performance that night. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Anheuser-Busch Performance Hall at UMSL’s Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center. The evening performance is free and open to the public.

The concert will feature performances of American contemporary music and classics by the festival choir, orchestra and symphonic band. More than 400 area high school students will participate with all of them sharing the stage for a patriotic concert finale. UMSL music faculty members Jim Henry, James Richards, Gary Brandes and Robert Nordman will serve as guest conductors for the performances.

Missouri school districts represented during the concert will include St. Louis, the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Ferguson-Florissant, Hazelwood, Jennings, Lindbergh, Normandy, Orchard Farm, Ritenour, Riverview Gardens, Warrenton and Wright City.

The Touhill is on UMSL’s North Campus, One University Blvd. in St. Louis, Mo. 63121. The concert is sponsored by the Department of Music at UMSL and the Des Lee Fine Arts Education Collaborative. Visit or call 314-516-5980 for more information.

Ryan Heinz

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