Arts Programming for December 2022
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Thank You!
Tribute to Mel Bay with Frank Vignola
A big thank you for making yesterday's Tribute to Mel Bay event a success and to the Kirkwood Arts Foundation, Kirkwood Arts Commission, and the Kirkwood High School Jazz Band for putting on a very successful show.

Please take a moment to review the content of this issue to see other great events are coming to our community this month.
A Christmas Story
Presented by Gateway Center for the Performing Arts
December 9th - 11th
The Fever
Presented by Black Mirror Theatre Company
December 6th - 10th at 8pm
BIG: The Musical
Presented by STAGES Performing Arts Academy
December 15th - 17th
Let It Be Christmas
December 20th and 21st at 7pm
Kirkwood Arts Commission Gallery Program at the Performing Arts Center
Kirkwood Public Library Art Gallery Featured Artist:
Barb Rebstock
Now Through December 27th
Kirkwood Public Library is proud to announce December’s Art Gallery artist Barb Rebstock. Each month this year, a different local artist will exhibit their art to the Kirkwood community in the Art Gallery. The library is proud to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and creativity, for a more thriving community.

The featured artist for the month of December will be local artist Barb Rebstock. Barb Rebstock specializes in watercolors of nature.
Barb Rebstock enjoys activities that involve nature, animals, music and art. “The works and techniques of Vincent Van Gogh have inspired me to paint in watercolor about nature’s beauty.”
Barb Rebstock’s art will be on display in the Art Gallery, located on the main floor of the Library, from November 29th through December 27th. The Art Gallery is open during normal library hours.

Contact Art Gallery Chair Julia McDonald at if you are interested in being a featured artist.
The Kirkwood Arts Commission is Always Looking for Volunteers
Arts at the Community Center
Kirkwood Theatre Guild's 90th Season at the Reim Theatre!

New season tickets on sale now!

Season Ticket Price: $77

Single tickets for January - May 2023 shows on sale now!

More information is available by contacting KTG at 314-821-9956 or

All Performances take place at:
Robert G. Reim Theatre
(in Kirkwood Community Center)
111 South Geyer Road
Kirkwood, MO 63122

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Jan 20-29, 2023
The Mousetrap
Mar 3-12, 2023
The Sound of Music
May 12-21, 2023
Get more information and purchase tickets at
It's a Marvelous Life Presented by
St. Louis Shakespeare's Magic Smoking Monkey Theatre

Directed by Donna Northcott

George Bailey spends his entire life giving up his dreams for the good of Bedford Falls. But this Christmas Eve, he is suicidal over the misplacing of $8000 and the machinations of the evil millionaire Mr. Potter. His guardian angel, Clarence Odbody shows him how his life would have turned out if he had never been born. A Christmas tradition - you know it, you love it...but you've never seen it set in the MARVEL universe...Join us for this brand new MSMT production!

December 2 - 11, 2022
Get tickets by emailing or calling 314-361-5664.
Mudd's Grove Open House
December 3rd at 10am - 4pm
Holiday Brass Concerts at Manchester United Methodist Church - NEARLY SOLD OUT!
December 5th and 6th
Celebrating our 31st Annual Season, the Holiday Brass Concerts will feature the Monarch Brass trumpets playing, among other seasonal favorites, “Bugler’s Holiday”, and the Alpine Horns playing their beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night”. Grammy Award-winning soprano Christine Brewer will reprise her signature “O Holy Night”.

As always Susan Slaughter will lead the Holiday Brass ensemble in traditional holiday carols, joined by the Manchester United Methodist Church Chancel Choir, bagpipers, and drummers from the Saint Louis Caledonian Pipe Band, and the concert will conclude with the glorious “Hallelujah Chorus”. The Clayton High School Marimba Ensemble will perform the prelude concert, which begins 45 minutes before each concert.

The concerts are scheduled to be performed in the festively decorated Manchester United Methodist Church,129 Woods Mill Road, Manchester, MO, 63011, as follows:

Monday, December 5
10:15 AM and 2:15 PM

Tuesday, December 6
2:15 and 8:00 PM

Purchase Tickets
Tickets can be purchased for the St. Louis Holiday Brass only by sending in the mailed ticket form. If you would like to receive the ticket order form, please subscribe to our mailing list HERE. For any questions, you can call Holiday Brass St. Louis at 314-966-8671.

The address to mail the ticket order forms is:
540 South Geyer Road
St. Louis, MO 63122
ADULTS $29.00
A $5 processing fee will be charged with each total order
FOR INFORMATION CALL: 314-966-8671  
Music in the Library
December 18th at 2pm
Kirkwood Public Library’s Music in the Library will feature Guitar Orchestra of St. Louis Classical Guitar Concert Around the World on Sunday, December 18th at 2pm on the main level of the library.

Join the Guitar Orchestra of St. Louis Classical Guitar as they go around the world visiting a variety of locations featuring the British Isles, Latin America, Russia, Finland, Africa, and more! From beautiful hymn-like folk tunes to groovy, dance rhythms, you'll be sure to enjoy all the selections that the SLCG Guitar Orchestra has to offer. 
Gloria in Excelsis Deo! 
December 18th at 4pm
The Annual Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert at the First Presbyterian Church of Kirkwood

Featuring music of the season by John Rutter, Herbert Howells, Dan Forrest, Mack Wilberg, and featuring the “Magnificat” by Taylor Scott Davis.

This concert is free and open to the community. 
Kirkwood United Methodist December Events
December 7, 14 & 21 at noon
You are invited to come on Wednesdays in December at noon to enjoy the Adventsmusiken Concert Series in the Sanctuary at Kirkwood United Methodist Church. A different performer or musical group is featured each week. These concerts are free and open to the public. Then, stay after if you like for a light luncheon in the lounge for a suggested donation of $5. This year's concert series performances are: 
  • Wednesday, December 7: Bel Canto Women’s Ensemble will be singing Renaissance Christmas Carols. 
  • Wednesday, December 14: A Fifth Above Woodwind Quintet will perform a varied program of classical music and music for the season. They will perform a varied program of classical music and holiday music by composers and arrangers such as Grainger, Holst, Haydn, Pierne, Nagle, Holcombe, and Bussick. 
  • Wednesday, December 21: Bonnie Wilson will be playing holiday pieces for you on both piano and organ.
ReBELLion Handbell Ensemble Holiday Concert:
Christmas Decorations

Sunday, December 11, 6 pm in the Sanctuary at Kirkwood United
Methodist Church

201 W. Adams Ave, Kirkwood

ReBELLion Handbell Ensemble is under the direction of Dolan
Bayless, founder of ReBELLion, and Director of Traditional Worship and Music at
KUMC. This year's holiday concert includes favorites like “Masters in This Hall”, “Fum, Fum, Fum”, “The First Noel”, “Silent Night”, and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”. The concert will end with a rousing edition “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” followed by “Glorias” based on the carol Angels We Have Heard on High. Find more information at
Saint Louis Wind Symphony & ReBELLion Handbell Ensemble Concert

Sunday, December 18, 7 pm in the
Sanctuary at Kirkwood United Methodist Church

201 W. Adams Ave, Kirkwood
Join ReBELLion Handbell Ensemble
and the Saint Louis Wind Symphony for their collaborative concert that has become a favorite holiday tradition in Kirkwood! Each will play pieces separately and four pieces will be played together including “Christmas Festival”, by Leroy Anderson, and “Christmas Bells Overture”, by Douglas Wagner. You will be invited to participate to sing carols accompanied by handbells and wind instruments during the concert. The final piece of the program has become an audience favorite as ReBELLion and the St. Louis Wind Symphony combine to play “Sleigh Ride”. This is a perfect show for families to enjoy together and get into the spirit of the holidays! Find more details at
Other Events in Our Area

Workshops for Writers—December 3, 2022

The St. Louis Writers Guild Board presents Book Party: Readings from the Young Writers Award and Book Fair
Join The St. Louis Writers Guild Board from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 for a Book Party! We will celebrate the Guild Young Writers 2022 Awards, and the winning authors will read their stories. As an adjunct to the SLWG Virtual Book Fair (November 26 through December 31), Guild members will hold an in-person book fair before and after the readings.

Attendees can participate in-person at The Lodge Des Peres, 1050 Des Peres Rd., St. Louis, MO, 63131. The event will also livestream via Zoom. To attend the meeting online, follow the event link from the St. Louis Writers Guild website. To attend the Virtual Book Fair, visit the Book Fair page at the Guild website.
The in-person gathering will follow the 2/28/22 St. Louis County Health Advisory. MASKS ARE OPTIONAL, and we will not collect attendee information for contact tracing. No food or drinks will be served.
About the Arts Calendar

The Kirkwood Arts Commission is a commission of the City of Kirkwood, Missouri. It receives generous support from the Kirkwood Arts Foundation, which is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. 

Disclaimer: Notices in this Arts Calendar about upcoming exhibits, programming, and events are submitted by external arts and cultural organizations. They appear in the order in which they were received. Any errors in information (other than City of Kirkwood events or programs) should be reported to the arts organization or entity who supplied the information, not to the City of Kirkwood. Thank you.
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