“HERO OF FERGUSON” BRIAN OWENS RENEWS, DEEPENS COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY AND COLLABORATION
Brian Owens announces an innovative co-presented music series to benefit St. Louis youth. St. Louis-based soul musician Brian Owens continues pouring his heart and signature soul into community-building with the 2015 Soul Experience. This multi-media approach to youth development and mentorship is co-presented by Owens and long-time presenter Sterling Bank.
“Collaboration has set the stage for a deeper partnership to serve community with even higher quality experiences,” says Owens, who has worked with Sterling Bank for several years now. The spirit fueling the past year’s successes – like the first #HealFerguson benefit, the acclaimed Masters Series, and recent recognition by St. Louis Post-Dispatch critics and readers – remains the drive behind what’s coming in 2015. “Building on a longstanding relationship,” Owens says, “this co-presented series will focus on even greater community impact through more diverse offerings.”
The 2015 Soul Experience kicks off with a June concert featuring pieces and composers from “Life Compositions,” an innovative 8-week songwriting program pairing Maryville University Music graduate students and Old North Confluence Academy pupils to create original work that will also be made into an album recorded at Shock City Studio. The season will also include a fall on-screen musical based on Owens’ most recent album, “Preach!", the second annual #HealFerguson community festival and a year-end Soul of the Season concert at Sheldon Concert Hall to round out the 2015 series.
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