Local Concerts Brings Talent Back To Town
BOONVILLE - The Missouri River Art Festival features artists from as far away as Russia, but the Director is from much closer to home. David Halen is the Artistic Director at the Festival. He also moonlights as the concertmaster at the St. Louis Symphony.
"I came here with my mother, who was in the (Kansas City) Philharmonic. Back then they tried to put the whole orchestra on stage. It was just so much sound, which was terriffic. The acoustics in here are great."
The acoustics were just as important in 1857 when Thespian Hall was built.
"It was just so exciting to come here for the festival when I was a kid. The excitement in the town was palpable, you could just feel people appreciated the music."
David has been the concert director for the last five editions of the festival. He credits a return to classical as the root for the recent success, but notes he is only a part of the improvement.
"There are volunteers who work all year for this festival, and when I come to town, its just great. If the chemistry is there, it's just magical.
The sales of tickets have been "Very good this year." At last count, there were only 60 tickets left for Friday's performance.