Kennedy Holmes, season 15 finalist on NBC’s The Voice, has been added to the entertainment lineup at the Arts and Education Council’s St. Louis Arts Awards on Monday, Jan. 21.
Holmes will perform alongside acclaimed jazz pianist Peter Martin, a 2012 Excellence in the Arts recipient. The performance is a nod to Lifetime Achievement in the Arts recipient Ken Page, with whom Holmes appeared in The Muny’s Aida in 2016, and Champion of the Arts recipient Sue Greenberg, company manager at The Muny and executive director of St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts.
The 2019 honorees are Ken Page, Lifetime Achievement in the Arts; Noémi and Michael Neidorff, Excellence in Philanthropy; Brent Benjamin, Saint Louis Art Museum, Excellence in the Arts; Sue Greenberg, St. Louis Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, Champion for the Arts; Chris Hansen, Kranzberg Arts Foundation, Arts Innovator; Tennessee Williams Festival St. Louis, Arts Startup of the Year; and Amy Freet, Ferguson-Florissant School District, Art Educator of the Year. The 2019 event co-chairs are Pat Smith Thurman and artist Solomon Thurman, owners of 10th Street Gallery. Adrienne Davis, Washington University in St. Louis professor and vice provost, will emcee the event.
Entertainment includes performances by The Big Muddy Dance Company, 11-year-old classical pianist Jerry Chang and the newly formed City of Music All-Star Chorus, with a special appearance from Mad Men actor Bryan Batt.
Presenting sponsor of the 2019 St. Louis Arts Awards is Centene Charitable Foundation. Edward Jones and Emerson are principal sponsors