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Springfield Metro Chorus Previews Upcoming Sweet Adelines International Competition in Local Concert


Springfield Metro Chorus will present its annual show “Go the Distance”, Saturday, September 20 at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 East Brookside Drive at 4:00 p.m.  The show will feature songs performed in the barbershop style and is a preview of the group's upcoming performance at the Sweet Adelines International Harmony Classic competition on November 4 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Diane Durham of Springfield Metro Chorus told KSMU, "we were scored as one of the top five small choruses in the organization.  it's a great honor to have that.  So we'll be competing against four top choruses, and this is the premiere performance of that show package."
     They'll be taking about 45 chorus members to Baltimore for the competition, hence the need to fundraise beforehand. Proceeds from the Springfield concert will help fund the group’s appearance at the Harmony Classic competition. Three area choruses--the Springfield Ozark Showcase Chorus, Show Me Harmony Chorus of Joplin and the Springfield Show-Me Statesmen Chorus, will perform along with the award winning quartets Jazz! and Random Play.  Advance tickets are available by calling (417)425-7080.  Tickets are Adults $15, Students and groups of ten or more $10 and children under five are free.  For more information visit

Randy Stewart joined the full-time KSMU staff in June 1978 after working part-time as a student announcer/producer for two years. His job has evolved from Music Director in the early days to encompassing production of a wide range of arts-related programming and features for KSMU, including the online and Friday morning "Arts News." Stewart assists volunteer producers John Darkhorse (Route 66 Blues Express), Lee Worman (The Gold Ring), and Emily Higgins (The Mulberry Tree) with the production of their programs. He's also become the de facto "Voice of KSMU" in recent years due to the many hours per day he’s heard doing local station breaks. Stewart’s record of service on behalf of the Springfield arts community earned him the Springfield Regional Arts Council's "Ozzie Award" in 2006.