The Arts

Scottish Rite Cathedral Performing Arts Series

Past Performing Arts Series Events


First Night® in Grand Center

Founded in 1976 in Boston (1991 in St. Louis), First Night® is a community New Year’s Eve celebration. First Night in St. Louis takes place in Grand Center with both outdoor and indoor family friendly activities and events. First Night’s® mission is to broaden and deepen the public’s appreciation of the arts through an innovative, diverse and high quality program which offers the community a shared cultural experience that is accessible and affordable to all. In order to maximize the participation of people of all ages, First Night® is a non-alcoholic event. The Scottish Rite Cathedral has been honored to have been a participant in First Night® in Grand Center since 2005. For more information about First Night® visit the Grand Center website.
 USAF Band of Mid America The United States Air Force Band of Mid America, the principal musical ambassador of Headquarters Air Mobility Command at Scott Air Force Base, presents a free holiday concert and family-friendly program With a full concert band and vocalists, this show is the highlight of the year. The Band of Mid America tours year-round from Michigan to Oklahoma for millions of audience members. The United States Air Force Band of Mid America has been appearing in the St. Louis Scottish Rite Performance Series since 2009. Link to Holiday Concert 2012
 Bill_Watrous Bill Watrous is one of the finest jazz trombonists of our time, beginning with his tenure as one of the trombonists in Kai Winding’s groups. He was a busy New York-based studio musician during the 1960s, working and recording with Quincy Jones, Maynard Ferguson, Johnny Richards, and Woody Herman; playing in the television band for Merv Griffin’s show; and working on the staff of CBS. After playing with the jazz-rock group Ten Wheel Drive, Watrous led his own big band, the Manhattan Wildlife Refuge, recording two superb albums for Columbia Records. Bill Watrous is a long time Clinician/Artist for Vincent Bach Brass Instruments. Bill Watrous performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on February 24, 2012
 TributeToFrank-369x179 Known for his stylish interpretations of the music and personalities of the Rat Pack-era, Dean Christopher and The Big Little Big Band paid a tribute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” during this concert of Sinatra favorites. Dean is one of St. Louis’ most popular performers and has performed in venues from New York to L.A.  Dean recently released a CD called “Swingin’ with the Best”, for which he wrote the title song. Dean Christopher performed at the Scottish Rite Cathedral on February 24, 2013.
 Console The Saint Louis Theatre Organ Society with the help of Al Haker and Wes Kamischke, along with Chris Mattingly and a few others have been working on the historic Kimball Pipe organ at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. A special Organ Renovation Debut Concert was held on April 15, 2013.

Upcoming Dates


 USAF Band of Mid-America Holiday Concert (7pm)


 USAF Band of Mid-America Holiday Concert (3pm)


 First Night® in Grand Center


 St. Louis Low Brass Collective Gala (tentative)


 “A Rat Pack Revue” featuring The Big Little Big Band


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