Arts News

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 Missouri State University Department of Theatre and Dance)

Missouri State University Theatre and Dance presents the Spring Dance Concert: Parts of the Whole Thursday-Sunday May 3-6 in Coger Theatre. One of humanity’s most ancient art forms, dance has played an integral role in storytelling, ritual, ceremony, cultural identity, social bonding and creative self-expression. Blending artistry and physicality, myriad styles of dance movement have evolved and continue to emerge.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Love... magic... destiny.  Springfield Regional Opera presents a much-loved operatic fairy tale for young and old, Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 at 7:30pm at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East.   I talked with SRO’s Artistic Director Michael Spyres about the production.  The well-known tenor is not performing in it (he just got back to Springfield from a stint singing the lead role of Vasco de Gama in Frankfurt Opera’s production of Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine”)—but his wife AND his brother are both in “Magic Flute.”

(Poster design courtesy Queen City Voices)

Founded less than three years ago by Artistic Director Jonathan Raney, Queen City Voices promotes, through vocal and choral music, “equality and positive enrichment for the lives of (their) members, the Springfield queen city area and our community at large.”  The group’s annual Christmas concert, called “A Brassy, Classy Christmas,” will be performed in a FREE concert Sunday December 10 at 2:00pm in the auditorium of the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive. Chorus Manager Amy Hoogstraet Safley visited KSMU to talk about the ensemble and the concert.

(Poster design courtesy Logan-Rogersville High School)

 

The always ambitious Performing Arts Department at Logan-Rogersville High School presents Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.” this weekend and next, for a total of six performances. After opening Friday night the 10th, the production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 7:00pm as well as Saturday matinees at 3:00 at the high school, 8225 E Farm Road 174, now through November 18.  Two of the production’s principals, Carly Katzin (Jasmine) and Jackson Samuel (Aladdin), visited our studios Friday morning along with the show’s co-director and musical director, Rebecca Barringer.

(Poster design courtesy Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild)

Many years ago the Springfield Park Board granted permission to the Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild to put on a small art and crafts festival in Sequiota Park in southeast Springfield.  23 years later, Art in the Park, the Guild's annual fine art and contemporary craft show and sale the second weekend of October, now hosts artists from all over the country—this year Alabama, Oklahoma and Kansas are represented in addition to Missouri and Arkansas artists and crafters.

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