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First Night 2015 in Grand Center's theme, "St. Lou-minous"
ST. LOUIS, MO, (SLFP.com), December 11, 2014 - Pokey LaFarge and his band will headline and help celebrate First Night® 2015 in Grand Center's theme, "St. Lou-minous!".
In celebration of the 250th Birthday of the City of St. Louis, First Night in Grand Center 2015 to be held December 31, 2014, will showcase St. Louis artists and performers.
Hometown singer/songwriter Pokey LaFarge and his band will headline the event, which features St. Louis artists and performers. From 6:00 p.m. to midnight on Wednesday, December 31st, First Night will honor and celebrate the arts in St. Louis with music, dance, magic, comedy, activities for all ages and two fireworks displays to greet 2015.
The event closes the city's stl250 celebrations while looking toward the bright and luminous future of St. Louis.
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 Fabulous Fox Theatre, on North Grand Avenue, showcases Broadway Series, live concerts, dance performances and special events all year round.
The Fox Theatre was originally built in 1929 for William Fox by theatre architect C. Howard Crane in a style known as Siamese Byzantine. After years of decline, the theatre was purchased by Leon and Mary Strauss and beautifully restored in the 1980s by Pantheon Construction Company.
David Robertson officially began his tenure as the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra's 12th Music Director, when the season opened in September 2005. Robertson, the inspiring and charismatic American-born conductor, has received international acclaim for his ability to motivate audiences with his innovative programs.
The Saint Louis Symphony celebrates the fact that it is an American Orchestra that gained international attention with an American conductor (Leonard Slatkin) performing an American repertory.
As the second-oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, the Saint Louis Symphony honors its tradition of presenting stellar performers and captivating works for generations of concert-goers.
The spectacular First Night takes place at Grand Center in style for a New Year's Eve celebration. Families, friends and visitors can enjoy a parade, mimes, jugglers, stilt walkers, fire-eaters, magic artists, live entertainment and numerous participatory art and theatre opportunities. The evening festivities include an early fireworks show for young families and the grande finale fireworks at midnight.
First Night, a not-for-profit endeavor, was originally launched in 1976 in Boston, as an alcohol-free event created to provide the community with a unique alternative to the traditional New Year's Eve celebration.
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