Sheldon Announces $3 Million Gift From Will and Ann Lee Konneker
The Sheldon is honored to announce that long-time board member Wilfred Konneker, who passed away in 2016, and his wife Ann Lee, who passed away in 2020, have bequeathed a $3 million gift to The Sheldon for special improvement projects.
Major updates will begin in December 2021 with the remodel and renaming of the 650 person-capacity Louis Spiering Room, which will be renamed “The Konneker Room” in honor of the beloved couple. This donation is the largest individual gift ever made to The Sheldon.
“The Konnekers’ generosity over the past 25 years helped shape The Sheldon into the important cultural institution it is today,” says Sheldon Board Chair Jim Watson. “This donation is transformational and will allow The Sheldon to make exciting improvements that will create an even more welcoming experience for our guests. We look forward to using this gift to extend the Konnekers’ amazing legacy.”
Sheldon Executive Director Peter Palermo adds, “Everyone should know what the Konnekers did for the St. Louis community. Their longtime, foundational support for organizations like The Sheldon, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis, COCA, the Saint Louis Art Museum and more will continue to enhance our city’s culture for generations to come.”
Additional improvement projects, scheduled to be completed over the next three-five years, include:
- Upgrades to the sound and lighting technology in the concert hall
- New exterior lighting and signage
- A remodel of the Kemper Atrium lobby and gallery spaces
- Improvements in office and administrative spaces
- The construction of a recording and podcast studio beneath the concert hall