In Tuesday (4/23) St. Louis Business Journal, Matthew Hibbard reports that two St. Louis philanthropists are stepping in to help support the League’s National Conference: “Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield have donated $250,000 to underwrite the St. Louis Symphony’s hosting of the League of American Orchestras, to be held in St. Louis June 18-20. In February, I reported the conference was expecting between 800 to 1,000 people to attend the event. According the St. Louis Convention and Visitor’s Commission, the conference is estimated to generate $934,910 in direct spending and have an economic impact of about $1.7 million on the area. The conference will bring all components of the classical music industry together. Most of the conference will held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch with several events taking place at Powell Hall and other venues. The conference kicks off June 16 and 17. This will be the first time since 1966 that the symphony will host the conference. The Sinquefields and their charitable foundation have a long history of support music and the arts. Rex Sinquefield serves on the board of the St. Louis Symphony. Last month, the Sinquefields pledged $1.4 million over the next three years to expand music initiatives at the University of Missouri-Columbia.” The article “Trusting Composers Under 30” in the Winter 2013 issue of Symphony includes discussion of the Sinquefields’ support of emerging composers.
Posted April 24, 2013