When: Sat., Jan. 28, 8 p.m. 2017
Not only are Thomas Flippin and Christopher Mallett gifted classical guitarists, they're also self-appointed role models for aspiring musicians in at-risk communities. Flippin and Mallett toured nine St. Louis schools as Saint Louis Classical Guitar Society artists-in-residence in 2014, performing classical music for students and inspiring new classical guitar programs in three of those schools. Now more than a dozen schools in the St. Louis, Jennings, Ferguson-Florissant and Normandy districts are participating. The pair stage their triumphant return to St. Louis at 8 p.m. tonight at the Ethical Society (9001 Clayton Road, Ladue; www.guitarstlouis.net). Duo Noire, their nom de guitar, will premiere new works by Clarice Assad and Courtney Bryan, and probably charm another audience with their informed and engaging commentary on the music. Tickets are $24 to $28.