Guest Artists • The Gateway Festival Orchestra of St. Louis

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Guest Artists

Bach to the Future

Chart-Topping Pianist Michael Silverman Takes Classical Music into the Modern Age with BACH TO THE FUTURE!

Imagine the classics – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart – performed in exciting new ways… modern jazz, African, and Latin rhythms. Bach to the Future brings an exciting, whimsical approach to the most beloved music of all time, and some of the most interesting cutting-edge instruments you will ever see. How about a Drum-itar? A 6-string electric violin that sounds like Jimi Hendrix.

All four players are world renowned performers, best-selling authors, and highly acclaimed composers. This is a show you will not want to miss! Bach to the Future – The Bach that Rocks!

Bach to the Future will perform a selection of their hits with the Gateway Festival Orchestra 7:30 PM, Sunday July 10, Washington University Brookings Quadrangle.

Brent Stater, Baritone

“The baritone performed in the demanding title role of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah over the weekend and pushed himself through the difficult task in the manner Kenyans conquer 26.2 miles—with ease. Stater’s voice was powerful enough and his musical-acting strong enough that Elijah’s conviction was not only believable, but it was also inspiring.” —Tribune Review, Pittsburgh, PA.

As a classical vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, Brent Stater has enjoyed a career as a professional performer for 40 years. As an operatic baritone, he has been a featured soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C., as well as the Pittsburgh, Virginia, Johnstown, Nittany Valley, Pennsylvania Center, Canton, Greensburg, and Edgewood symphonies. The baritone has also performed as a soloist with the Pittsburgh Opera, Opera Theater of St. Louis, Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Dayton Opera, Microscopic Opera, Canton Civic Opera, Illinois Opera Theater, Illinois Repertory Theater, Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Collegium Musicum and Chatham Baroque. The baritone has created several operatic roles including Edward Biddle in Jeremy Beck’s The Biddle Boys and Mrs. Soffel, Harry Cooper in Todd Goodman’s Night of the Living Dead, and King Ferdinand in Leonardo Balada’s Muerte de Colon. His performance of Muerte de Colon can be heard on the Naxos Label. Mr. Stater has had the pleasure of studying the voice with many singers from the golden age of opera. His voice teachers have included Sherrill Milnes, Evelyn Lear, Dolora Zajick, Mildred Miller, Nick Divirgilio, William Warfield, Lorenzo Malfatti, Thomas Paul, Edward Zambara, and Diana Walters. Over the years, he has enjoyed a parallel career as a rock musician, performing primarily on the electric and acoustic guitars, as well as keyboards and organ. As the owner of his own rock school, he and his students have shared the stage with such legendary rock acts as KISS, Kansas, Ace Frehley, Charlie Daniels, Ted Nugent, Survivor, Third Eye Blind, Buck Cherry, Puddle of Mud, and many others. Mr. Stater is an honors graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Northern Michigan and holds a Bachelor of Music (honors) in Vocal Performance from the University of Illinois School of Music. Mr. Stater also studied composition at the University of Illinois with Sal Martirano, Scott Wyatt, and Herbert Brun. He has been teaching voice, piano, guitar, set drumming, trumpet, music theory, and various other instruments for 37 years. Many of his students are working professional musicians and his voice students have attended such prestigious institutions as the Juilliard School in NYC.

Mr. Stater will perform selections from Showboat by J. Kerns and O. Hammerstein II with the Gateway Festival Orchestra 7:30 PM, Sunday July 17, Washington University Brookings Quadrangle.


Mary Weber, Trumpet

Mary Weber is in demand throughout the St. region, including performances with the St. Louis Symphony, MUNY, St. Louis Philharmonic, Gateway Festival Orchestra, Edison Theater, The Rep, American Kantori, and the Bach Society, among others. Mary is actively engaged in recordings, competitions, recitals, and lectures while managing the Clarion Brass, a professional brass quintet.

Previously Principal Trumpet with the New Orleans Symphony, Mary’s virtuosity and enthusiasm has brought her performance opportunities with such notables as Mannheim Steamroller, Mel Tormé, Luciano Pavarotti, William Warfield, and The Temptations. She has toured with the St. Louis Symphony throughout Europe and played twice at Carnegie Hall.

As a soloist, Mary has been featured with the Wash U Wind Ensemble, Compton Heights Concert Band, St. Louis Civic Orchestra, Alton Symphony, St. Louis Philharmonic, and the Saint Louis Brass Band. She also performed a solo recital tour through Scotland in fourteen different towns. In 2017, Mary presented a Faculty Trumpet recital, with colleague Sandy Coffin, in both New York City and Washington University: “The Development of the Trumpet Concerto/Sonata”. In October 2019, she performed with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra playing Joseph Neruda’s Concerto in Eb for Trumpet and Orchestra.

Early in her career, she was privileged to attend the Tanglewood Institute as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow, under the Maestro’s baton. In addition, she performed at the Spoleto Festival (both U.S. and Spoleto, Italy) and Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria).

Mary holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from University of Miami, and a Master of Music Performance degree from Syracuse University. She is Adjunct Faculty at both Washington University and recently joined SIUE, teaching Trumpet. She was also Adjunct Professor at St. Louis University, teaching a wide variety of classes: Development of the Orchestra, Music Appreciation, Bio-Musicology and Music Theory. Mary also enjoys teaching private trumpet lessons with students from ages 10 – 94! She is deeply grateful for the many wonderful opportunities of playing with so many fantastic musicians and groups, and truly owes this to her mother, many Teachers, and great colleagues who have supported her throughout her career.

As founder and manager of Clarion Brass, Mary produced the group’s first Holiday CD, “Sleigh Ride ~ Over the Top!” to exciting reviews. More information about Clarion concerts and their CD can be found at

Ms. Weber will perform the Trumpet Concerto in E major by J.N. Hummel with the Gateway Festival Orchestra, 7:30 PM, Sunday July 24, 2022, at the 560 Music Center, 560 Trinity Avenue, University City, MO 63130.

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