Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Spearheads Virtual Benefit Concert Featuring Combined Efforts of 15 Local Organizations

By David Salazar

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis is set to spearhead the 15-organization virtual benefit concert “Arts United STL” on Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 7 p.m.

The company will be partnering with other regional arts organizations including the Regional Arts Commission,

The Big Muddy Dance Company, The Black Rep, Circus Flora, COCA, Jazz St. Louis, The Muny, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis Ballet, St. Louis Children’s Choirs, St. Louis Shakespeare Festival, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, The Sheldon, STAGES St. Louis, and the Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis.

All proceeds from the benefit will go to an Artist Relief Fund set up by the Regional Arts Commission. The goal is to obtain about $250,000 through 1,000 individual donations leading up to and during the live concert. To date, the Relief fund has distributed over $136,500 in direct support to individual artists.

“This benefit represents an exciting and collaborative effort to respond to the global crisis affecting the arts and culture sector in our region,” said Mont Levy, chair of the board of commissioners at RAC in a press release. “As the major public funder of arts in the region with a mandate to support individual artists, we know it is RAC’s responsibility to provide emergency support during this time of great need. We could not be more grateful to Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for spearheading this event, or to the St. Louis Shakespeare Festival and every participating organization for their work to highlight the rich cultural tapestry of our region and support their fellow artists.”

Audiences can watch the event on the company’s official website, Facebook, or YouTube channel.