Arts News

Friday, 10-11 a.m.

Every Friday morning, Randy Stewart talks with artists, performers, directors and administrators from the area visual and performing arts scene, and presents a comprehensive calendar of arts events.

(Poster design courtesy St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church)

A chariot ride for the kids is the newest attraction at the 11th annual Greek Festival at St. Thomas the Apostle Orthodox Church, 4200 South Holiday Avenue in southwest Springfield this weekend.  The three-day event is a traditional family-oriented celebration of everything Greek.  Jeannie Duffey, a parishioner at the church, visited KSMU again this year to talk up the Festival and its features this year.

(Photo courtesy

Judy Collins and Stephen Stills had a famous—and, as both readily acknowledge, tumultuous—romance in the late 1960s.  It didn’t last, though it did inspire one of the best known songs of the era, “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” written by Stills and performed by him, along with his then-bandmates David Crosby and Graham Nash.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 2018-19 season continues at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza, 302 E.

(Photo courtesy Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra)

The Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, which includes members of the local university music-school faculties, players from the Springfield Symphony and other area orchestras, college music students and "civilians," was founded in 2005.  According to Music Director/Conductor Christopher Koch (who, like his musicians, wears at least a couple of other hats--he also serves as Associate Professor of Music at Drury University and Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera), the SDCO's goal is to provide "something different", to perform repertoire new both to local audiences and to the players

(Poster design courtesy The Gathering Tree)

Nate Schlueter, Chief Operating Officer for Eden Village, a project of The Gathering Tree, visited KSMU Friday to promote a fundraising concert and silent auction for the new project.  It’s called “Raise the Roof,” and will take place Friday August 24th from 6:30 to 11:30pm at The Complex, 307 Park Central East.  Hosted by Jeremy Rabe, the evening will feature live music and a silent auction.