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CRYSTAL CITY, Mo. (AP) – An investigation is underway after a young woman died of a drug overdose following an electronic music concert in suburban St. Louis.
 
The victim’s name has not been released. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the woman died during the concert this weekend at the Crystal City Underground.
 
An attorney for the venue says he believes that the woman died outside the facility early Sunday. The concert began Saturday night and continued until about 4 a.m. Sunday. About 4,000 people attended.
 
The venue is in a former silica mine, about a square mile underground.
 
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.
 
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   NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — The already remarkable life of Holocaust survivor George Horner is about to take another exceptional turn.

   The 90 year old pianist will make his orchestral debut with renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma on Tuesday night at Boston's Symphony Hall. And they'll be playing music composed 70 years ago at the Nazi prison camp where Horner was incarcerated.

   "It's an extraordinary link to the past," said concert organizer Mark Ludwig.

   The performance will benefit the Terezin Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to preserving the work of artists and musicians killed in the Holocaust.

   Led by Ludwig, the foundation is named for the town of Terezin, site of an unusual Jewish ghetto in what was then German-occupied Czechoslovakia. There, even amid death and hard labor, Nazi soldiers allowed prisoners to stage artistic performances.

   Horner played piano and accordion in the Terezin cabarets, including tunes written by fellow inmate Karel Svenk. On Tuesday, Horner will play two of Svenk's works solo — a march and a lullaby — and then team up with Ma for a third piece called "How Come the Black Man Sits in the Back of the Bus?"

   Svenk did not survive the genocide. But his musical legacy has, due in part to a chance meeting of Ludwig, a scholar of Terezin composers, and Horner, who never forgot the songs that were written and played in captivity.

   Still, Ludwig found it hard to ask Horner to perform pieces laden with such difficult memories.

   "To ask somebody who ... played this in the camps, that's asking a lot," said Ludwig.

   Yet Horner, now a retired doctor living near Philadelphia, readily agreed to what he described as a "noble" mission. It didn't hurt that he would be sharing the stage with Ma — even if he thought Ludwig was joking at first.

   "I told him, 'Do you want me to swallow that one?'" Horner recalled with a laugh. "I couldn't believe it, because it's a fantastic thing for me."

   The program features additional performances by Ma and the Hawthorne String Quartet. In a statement, Ma said he's glad the foundation is "giving voice through music to those whose voices have been tragically silenced."

   Horner was 21 when he was freed by Allied soldiers in 1945 after serving time at Terezin, Auschwitz and Buchenwald. His parents and sister perished in the camps.

   And though his back still bears the scars of a Nazi beating, he remains spry and seems much younger than his 90 years.

   When Horner found out about the duet with Ma, Ludwig said, "he was so excited, to me he sounded like a teenager."

   ___

   Online: www.tmfgala.org

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One of the biggest names in music is headed to St. Louis this winter.
 
Beyonce will be performing at the Scottrade Center on December 14. The visit is part of her "The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour".
 
Tickets go on sale July 1, although pricing information has not been released. The tour kicks off Friday in Los Angeles.
 
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Singer Justin Timberlake's first tour in six years will bring him to St. Louis November 19th. Tickets go on sale this Friday,  June 3 at 10 a.m.at www.LiveNation.com.

Tickets are $45, $90 and $175 for Timberlake's  20/20 Experience World Tour" at Scottrade Center. Aside from livenation.com, fans can get tickets through Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com, at the box office and by calling 800-745-3000.

Several dates on the tour have already sold out; the tour begins Oct. 31.

Timberlake's next album will be released Sept. 30.

Published in Around Town
OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Police in Ocala, Fla., have cited country singer David Allen Coe for running a red light before crashing into a tractor-trailer early Tuesday.

A message on Coe's website says the 73-year-old is "recuperating from his accident and will be ok."

Coe's agent tells the Ocala Star-Banner that his upcoming concerts in St. Louis and Louisville, Ky., have been canceled.
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