St. Louis Symphony to establish endowment fund, perform concert in honor of late classical critic Sarah Bryan Miller

Posted on: October 14, 2021

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra has announced the establishment of the Sarah Bryan Miller Fund in honor of the late Post-Dispatch classical music critic,” writes Daniel Durchholz in Tuesday’s (10/12) St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO). “The endowment fund supports vocal soloists and underwrites performances of choral repertoire with the SLSO. Miller, known as ‘Bryan’ to friends and colleagues, died Nov. 28, 2020, of cancer. She left a bequest of more than $1 million to the orchestra. (She did not financially contribute to the orchestra during her lifetime.) … Miller, herself a former professional mezzo-soprano, especially loved SLSO concerts that included vocal soloists and/or choral performances. Just so, the SLSO will pay her tribute with its 7 p.m. Nov. 27 and 3 p.m. Nov. 28 concerts at Powell Hall featuring mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke singing Jake Hegge’s ‘The Work at Hand,’ which also features SLSO cellist Elizabeth Chung. Also on the program are Edward Elgar’s ‘Sea Pictures’ and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Scheherazade.’ Former SLSO resident conductor Gemma New conducts. The Nov. 27 concert will be broadcast live on 90.7 KWMU and Classic 107.3, and portions of it will stream at slso.org/radio for 30 days.”