Celebrating Art ‘Like Nowhere Else in Town’: Webster Film Series, Opera Theatre Named ‘Best of St. Louis’

| September 29, 2014
The first film in the Century Through Cinema film series at Webster University

“Nowhere else in town will you see the idea of cinema as a unique and vital art form celebrated the way it’s celebrated here,” says the Riverfront Times. The Webster Film Series’ “Century Through Cinema” series, in conjunction with the Webster University Centennial, began with a silent film with orchestral accompaniment.

Add yet more Webster University connections to the “Best of St. Louis” awards.

The annual awards by the Riverfront Times, the primary St. Louis alternative weekly, recently called Webster junior and chess grandmaster Wesley So the “Best College Athlete in St. Louis,”

In the art and entertainment section of the 2014 “Best of St. Louis” awards, the RFT has also saluted the Webster University Film Series and the Opera Theatre of Saint Louis.

Film Series: ‘Wider and Deeper in its Offerings Year after Year’

The weekly has honored Webster’s film series multiple times during its 35-year history, most recently for the “Best Film Festival” recognizing 2012’s Classic French Film Fest in 2012. This year, the RFT raves about the entire series, which is run through the Webster University School of Communications:

Even 35 years on, the Webster Film Series continues to go broader, wider and deeper in its offerings year after year. Where else can you see a series of narrative films on the topic of modern Native American identity and a special double bill of Bonanza episodes with opera story lines in the same month?

Do you like French films? WFS screens ’em (Un Flic). Do you like lowbrow pop-culture gems from the ’80s? WFS screens ’em (Big Trouble in Little China). Do you want to see some of those partisan political documentaries that tell you everything wrong with the other side’s point of view? WFS screens ’em (Citizen Koch).

Nowhere else in town will you see the idea of cinema as a unique and vital art form celebrated the way it’s celebrated here, which is to say, continuously, joyously and often.

Opera Theatre: A Groundbreaker, Training the Next Generation

The RFT also hailed Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, which partners with Webster University and calls the Webster University campus home, as the Best Arts Organization in St. Louis:

Gearing up to celebrate its 40th anniversary festival season, there can be little doubt that middle age agrees with Opera Theatre of Saint Louis. Over the past four decades, the opera company has staged some 24 world premieres. Last festival season witnessed the premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and Royce Vavrek’s 27, the second installment in its New Works, Bold Voices series, a groundbreaking cycle of newly commissioned American operas.

And that’s to say nothing of the company’s Gerdine Young Artist Program, a training ground for the next generation of divas, or the rest of its repertoire, which next season contains perennial favorites by Puccini and Rossini.

And the market is responding. Bucking national trends, the company’s endowment has grown by more than 50 percent since 2008, and donations are up 26 percent in the past five years. To all of which we say: Toi! Toi! Toi!

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