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he nonprofit Cathedral Concerts, which brings musical artists from around the globe to St. Louis, hosted its annual gala April 30 at Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis. This event supports the nonprofit’s mission of presenting affordable live concerts in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis featuring world-class musicians and the finest repertoire of sacred and classical music for the cultural enrichment, education and enjoyment of the region. Attendees that evening enjoyed cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a brief oral auction, an elegant dinner prepared by the hotel’s chefs and a special live performance by world-renowned soprano Christine Brewer with pianist Gail Hintz. Cathedral Concerts’ Great Music Award went to Centene Corp. chairman, president and CEO Michael and Noémi Neidorff for their passion, exemplary leadership and outstanding continued support of the arts here. Bill and Marsha Rusnack served as honorary co-chairs of this year’s gala. The Centene Charitable Foundation’s tremendous generosity allowed all funds collected that night, almost $100,000, to go directly to the programs presented at the cathedral.

Cathedral Concerts has always been the ‘little concert series that could.’ We have striven to bring the best artists from around the world for the past 24 years. These include such world-renowned groups as the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; Chanticleer; the Vienna Boys’ Choir; the Choir of Westminster Abbey, London; and the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, just to name a few. We are looking forward to our 25th-anniversary season and continuing to bring performers of the highest level to St. Louis so everyone can experience them in live performance.

SCOTT KENNEBECK, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bill and Marsha Rusnack, Tim O’Leary, Donna Wilkinson

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