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Jewish Community Center

Gesher Music Festival

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Shelter of Peace


August 8 – 18, 2019

The Gesher Music Festival, a week-long series of chamber music concerts and community events, presents strikingly unique programs of chamber music performed by professional musicians from throughout the U.S.

View the Festival Website2019 Brochure

Support Gesher

Based on the Hebrew word Gesher, or bridge, the festival’s programming reflects themes inspired by the Jewish experience. From traditional concerts in formal halls to outreach performances for underserved audiences, the Festival connects across all communities and walks of life through culturally relevant themes.

Each year the Festival invites musicians from around the country to join St. Louis musicians, enriching the artistic fabric of St. Louis through new creative collaborations. Festival artists include members of many of the nation’s top symphony orchestras (including the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra), chamber music ensembles and university faculties, and are winners of major musical awards, including the Grammys and top prize in the Concert Artists Guild Competition.

The Gesher Music Festival’s mission to build bridges is implicit in its name, Gesher:

  • To promote tolerance and understanding between diverse cultures within the St. Louis community
  • To connect and promote the relevance of classical music to the community through a variety of events, both formal and informal
  • To connect the St. Louis musical community with the broader national musical community and create a culture of creative collaboration.

The Gesher Music Festival supports and enhances the J’s mission to provide cultural enrichment to the community and to promote Jewish identity and continuity.

Tickets and More Information

Cultural Arts Box office: 314-442-3283

Program Director: Dana Hotle, or

Partners & Sponsors

The Gesher Music Festival is a program of the Jewish Community Center of Saint Louis in partnership with the following organizations:




The Festival receives support from the following organizations:


Gertrude A. and William Bernoudy Foundation