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Event Timeline

The timeline shown is based on information found in historical archives regarding Kiel Opera House, but is not all-inclusive. If you know of an event that occurred at this venue that is not included on this timeline, please feel free to share it with us by sending an email to [email protected].


November 2 Cornerstone of Municipal Auditorium – Convention Center and Opera House placed by Mayor Victor J. Miller and Board of Public Service Director E.R. Kinsey


April 21 Opera House inaugurated with performance of Aida; Giovanni Martinelli and Elizabeth Rethberg of The New York Metropolitan Opera starred in the performance conducted by Gennaro Papi

Late April First annual National Folk Festival

November Ziegfeld Follies performed at the Opera House


March 26 The Municipal Auditorium was renamed Kiel Auditorium in honor of former Mayor Henry W. Kiel


May 7-8 St. Louis Light Opera Guild performance of Student Prince starring New York tenor Donald Gage


May 13 Annual National Folk Festival


May 14 Annual National Folk Festival

October 30 Speech by President Harry S. Truman in which both sides of the Kiel Auditorium stage were open so he could deliver his speech to audiences in the Opera House and Convention Hall


January 2 City sponsors free St. Louis Symphony concert to promote the SLSO

December 10 Performance by bass-baritone singer, William Warfield

December 18 Globe-Democrat Christmas Chorale Pageant


April Globe-Democrat presented the National Folk Festival, featuring cultural performances and exhibits

April First appearance in St. Louis by Pete Seeger


March 29 Ray Charles and his Augmented Orchestra plus the Singing Raelets


December 1 Dave Clark Five


June 20 Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. organized this performance by the Rat Pack as a benefit concert for the Dismas House, a halfway home for convicts


March 11 Bob Dylan


April 28 Cream


January 16 Neil Diamond

October 24 The Grateful Dead


January 24 Neil Young

May 19 Emerson, Lake And Palmer with Mott the Hoople


March 26 A performance by English rock group Emerson, Lake and Palmer was marred by several thousand dollars in damages to the Opera House that resulted in rock bands being banned from performing at the Opera House for a period of time

July 9 The Rolling Stones

October 11 David Bowie


February 18 Leo Kottke

October Bette Midler

October 13 The Eagles w/ special guest Dan Fogelberg


January 18 Joni Mitchell w/ special guests Tom Scott and LA Express

February 2 Harry Chapin

March 28 Emerson, Lake And Palmer with Livingston Taylor

May 24 Jesse Colin Young w/ special guest Billy Joel

June 10 David Gilmour


March 1 Ozark Mountain Daredevils w/ special guest Head East

October 22 Rick Wakeman w/ special guest Gentle Giant

October 30 Shawn Phillips w/ special guest Hall & Oates

November 21 Ozark Mountain Daredevils w/ special guest Brewer & Shipley

December 19 Barry Manilow


April 4 Return to Forever featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola

October 17 George Benson w/ special guest John Klemmer


February 18 Jeff Beck

March 4 Seals & Crofts

March 22 Outlaws w/ special guests Sea Level and Horslips

March 28 Jimmy Buffett w/ special guest Marc Jordan

March 30 Peter Gabriel w/ special guest Mark Almond Band

April 1 Journey w/ special guests Montrose and Van Halen

April 7 Jesse Colin Young w/ special guest Leon Redbone

April 9 Greg Allman w/ special guests Booker T & the MGs

April 19 Return to Forever featuring Chick Corea, Stanley Clark, Lenny White, and Al Di Meola

August 23 Emerson, Lake And Palmer with Journey

September 23 Michael Stanley Band w/ special guest Mama's Pride

September 28 J Geils w/ special guest Rare Earth

September 30 Harry Chapin

October 9 Thin Lizzy w/ special guests Graham Parker and Rumour

October 20 Charlie Daniels Band w/ special guests Grinder Switch and the Henry Paul Band

November 4 Dolly Parton

November 6 Steve Martin w/ special guest John Sebastian

November 11 Hall & Oates w/ special guest Eric Carmen

November 13 Billy Joel

November 18 Ram Jam w/ special guests UFO and Mark Farner

December 1 Golden Earring w/ special guests Rex and Law

December 9 Gino Vannelli


February 11 Nazareth w/ special guests Wet Willie and Sammy Hagar

February 18 Gary Wright w/ special guest Missouri

February 20 and 22 Angel w/ special guest The Godz

February 23 Gordon Lightfoot

March 1 Emerson, Lake And Palmer

March 17 Grover Washington Jr.

March 22 Outlaws

July 11 Rolling Stones w/ special guest Peter Tosh

July 25 The Kinks w/ special guest Blondie

August 17 Little River Band

September 4 UFO and Cheap Trick w/ special guests Savoy Brown and Kim Simmonds

September 14 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers w/ special guest Walter Egan

September 20 Martin Mull

November 1 Stephen Stills (Postponed)

November 7 Chuck Mangione

November 14 Jesse Colin Young w/ special guest Jack Tempchin

November 25 Bruce Springsteen


February 9 Harry Chapin

March 6 Elvis Costello and the Attractions w/ special guest Rubinoos

March 10 Outlaws w/ special guest The Godz

March 23 Cheech and Chong

April 6 J Geils w/ special guest Granati Brothers

April 8 Stephen Stills w/ special guest Irakere truma

April 12 Roxy Music w/ special guest The Atlantics

April 23 Charlie Daniels Band

May 1 Judas Priest w/ special guest UFO and Off Broadway

June 20 Cheap Trick w/ special guest Graham Parker and Rumour

July 26 Blondie w/ special guest Nick Lowe's Rockpile

August 7 The Cars

August 23 Michael Stanley Band

September 2 Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes headlined a benefit concert for Muscular Dystrophy w/ special guest John Cougar

October 3 Kenny Loggins w/ special guest Sniff N' The Tears

October 4 Jean-Luc Ponty

October 6 Dire Straits w/ special guest Ian Gomm

October 19 Billy Thorpe w/ special guest Gamma and Ronnie Montrose

October 29 Robert Palmer


January 12 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers w/ special guest Fabulous Poodles

February 12-13 Valentine’s Day Massacre: Rush w/ special guest Max Webster

March 15 Jefferson Starship

March 17 UFO w/ special guest Blackfoot

March 26 Performance by Utopia, featuring Todd Rundgren, was recorded for the King Biscuit Flower Hour syndicated radio program aired by 250 radio stations around the country

April 23 Pat Travers Band

April 24 Harry Chapin

May 15 Triumph

May 24 Englebert Humperdink

June 5 Genesis

August 9 Robin Trower

August 15-16 Santana

September 12 Eddie Money

September 18 AC/DC w/ special guest Troupe

September 20 Kinks w/ special guest John Cougar

October 7 The Cars w/ special guest The Motels

October 17-18 Bruce Springsteen


February 26 Nazareth

June 5 Rodney Dangerfield

July 14 Utopia featuring Todd Rundgren

August 12 Tom Petty

August 28 Allman Brothers w/ special guest McGuffey Lane

September 2-3 Little River Band w/ special guest America

September 5 Shooting Star

September 16 A much anticipated bout between Sugar Ray Leonard and Thomas Hearns was broadcast live via closed-circuit television from Las Vegas to the Kiel Opera House with $20 admission

November 21 Nazareth


April 18 The Boston Ballet performed Don Quixote starring Rudolf Nureyev in a benefit for the Arthritis Fund

May 7 Rodney Dangerfield

June 27 Cheap Trick w/ special guests Krokus and Saxon

October 7 The Go-Go’s


March 11 Adam Ant

June 30 Miss Universe Pageant

September 27 Iron Maiden

November 20 Cheap Trick

December 4 Stray Cats


May 21 The Clash


February 7 Stevie Ray Vaughan

August 23 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony

October 12 R.E.M.


August 28 Y&T

October 16 State Ballet of Missouri

December 19 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony


November 5 Ballet performance by Rudolf Nureyev & Company

December 17 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony


April 15 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony

November 11 State Ballet of Missouri

December 16 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony


July 7 Kiel Center Redevelopment Corporation was formed

August 18 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony

December 15 Logan College of Chiropractic Graduation Ceremony

December 27 St. Louis Aldermen approve plan to demolish the Convention Hall side of Municipal Auditorium, replacing it with 18,500-seat Kiel Center


May 4 St. Louis Philharmonic Orchestra performance of Take Your Seats is the final performance at Kiel Opera House to date

May 7 Kiel Opera House closes


October 1 After being closed for more than 20 years, the building reopens after an expansive renovation project as Peabody Opera House. The opening show featured Jay Leno, Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry and others to a full house of 3,100