Painting CMSSL commissioned for Michael F. Neidorff
by artist Stefan Geissbühler
The St Louis Community and the country has lost a great philanthropist. Michael F. Neidorff passed away here in St. Louis. Michael and Noémi Neidorff have been great friends and supporters of the Chamber from our very early days. From the 9 straight years before COVID of hosting our annual Donor Appreciation Concert in Centene Plaza to a transformative multi-year financial commitment, they both loved and believed in the power of music. Their commitment to the arts and music in particular has made St. Louis a better place to live. From the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra to Opera Theatre of St. Louis to Radio Arts Foundation-Classic 107.3 to Chamber Music Society of St. Louis and so many others, we are indebted to Michael and the Neidorff family.
I will never forget the wisdom Michael imparted to me in 2010, early in my tenure as Executive & Artistic Director of CMSSL. In a meeting with this visionary leader in his office, he gave me a version of the give someone a fish and they eat for a day…….teach them to fish and they eat for a lifetime philosophy. Our friend, former Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, called Michael a “magnificent human being.”
To say that Michael will be missed is a monumental understatement. As we wind down the 2021-22 Centene Charitable Foundation Chamber Concert Series, we keep Michael and the Neidorff family in our thoughts.
CLICK HERE for some information about Michael.