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 Ozarks Food Harvest)

Support Ozarks Food Harvest at the annual Tea Bar & Bites Apron Fashion Show and Silent Auction, Thursday Sept.19 from 7-9pm at Tea Bar & Bites Bakery and Cafe, 621 S. Pickwick at Cherry. Colleen Smith from Tea Bar & Bites, and Sara Roelke from Ozarks Food Harvest, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about it.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre Managing Artistic Director Rick Dines, and actor Matt Huebner, joined us on “Arts News” to talk about the company’s current production, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” We also discussed SCT’s upcoming 25th Anniversary Gala.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri Philharmonic)

We knew them for 15 years as the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.  They’ve changed their name this season to the Missouri Philharmonic Orchestra.  But it comprises the same musicians, and the same Music Director, Dr. Christopher Koch, wearing one of his several musical hats—he’s also Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera, and Associate Professor of Music at Drury University.  The Missouri Philharmonic opens the 2019-2020 season Thursday September 12 at 7:30pm in the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.  Dr. Koch stopped by to talk about the concert.

(Logo design courtesy connect2culture.org)

Back with her "Spotlight on Joplin" for September 2019 is Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director at Joplin's Connect2Culture. She was on the phone with me while waiting in the Chicago airport--an excellent way to wait out an airport layover!  As usual, our fifteen-minute conversation merely scratched the surface of Connect2Culture's "Arts, Culture and Entertainment in Joplin, MO" list for September; you can see the complete list starting September 1st at https://connect2culture.org/september2019. Here, in chronological order through the month of September, are the items we discussed.

(Poster design courtesy Branson Regional Arts Council)

The Branson Regional Arts Council launches their 7th theatrical production of the year with "Steel Magnolias," opening August 29th at the Historic Owen Theatre, 205 S. Commercial Street in downtown Branson.  According to BRAC Executive Director Jim Barber, “We are so thrilled with the response that we are getting already—tickets are selling quite well.  And we really love the fact that Springfield is getting behind what we’re doing down in Branson.  We had several Springfield actors involved in many of our productions recently.”

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Mansfield, Missouri native Michael Spyres is an internationally renowned tenor—he’s back (briefly!) in Springfield for a week following a production of Vincent D'Indy's epic opera “Fervaal” with the Radio France Music Festival in Montpellier.  Recently he was named Artist of the Year by The Professional Critics Syndicate of France, and he’ll make his Metropolitan Opera debut this season in the title role of Berlioz’s “La Damnation de Faust.” But Spyres “grew up” musically with Springfield Regional Opera, of which he is now Artistic Director.

(Poster design courtesy Gillioz Theatre)

The Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents the “Frozen Sing-A-Long” Sunday August 25th at 3:00pm, in collaboration with Springfield Little Theatre and the Discovery Center.  The Executive Directors of each organization--Geoff Steele (Gillioz), Beth Domann (SLT), and Rob Blevins (Discovery Center), talked about the event on "Arts News".  They hope it will be the first in a series of collaborations.   They came in to talk about it because, although the event itself is still a month away, tickets went on sale at the Gillioz box office this morning (July 26), right as we went on the a

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet tackles America’s most controversial topic in Race, a provocative new tale of sex, guilt and bold accusations. It receives its Springfield-area premiere by Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza July 26-August 11.  We were joined on “Arts News” by the production’s director, L.J. Summers, and two of the actors, Tom Baker and Darryl Clark.

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Actors Theatre of Missouri presents their seventh annual production, in association with the Springfield Art Museum, of “Shakespeare at the Columns.” Every summer the company presents a Shakespeare play in the Art Museum’s outdoor amphitheater, located between the Art Museum building and Phelps Grove Park on Bennett Street, just west of National Avenue.  They will present the comedy “As You Like It,” directed by Meg Rice, this weekend and next, Thursdays through Saturdays July 11-20, all at 7:00pm.  Two of the production’s actors visited KSMU to talk about the production: Elisabeth Bonkosk

(Poster design courtesy National Park Service)

Clarence “King Clarentz” Brewer is well known locally as a Delta blues/roots musician and an accomplished sculptor and visual artist. He came to KSMU Friday to promote a couple of upcoming appearances in the area. 

(Logo design courtesy connect2culture.org)

Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Connect2Culture, Joplin, Missouri’s community arts agency, is back with her July “Spotlight on Joplin,” highlighting major cultural events in the Joplin area for July 2019.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Springfield Regional Opera is about to celebrate its 40th season—the company’s official debut was a production of Verdi’s “La Traviata” at the Gillioz Theatre in the summer of 1980. The year before that, there was a sort of “calling card” production of Puccini’s “La Boheme” at the Landers, that was officially produced by Springfield Little Theatre. Its success proved to the late Dawin Emanuel, then Lecturer in Opera at Missouri State University, that Springfield was ready for a local opera company.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre's 25th season opens with the winner of the 1986 Tony Award for Best Musical, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood," at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza. Performances are June 14-30.  We talked on “Arts News” with the show’s director Rick Dines and actor Heath Hillhouse.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Sister Cities Assocation)

Springfield Sister Cities Association invites you to the C-Street City Market, 321 E. Commercial Street at Jefferson, on Saturday June 8 at 10:00am (weather permitting) for a free concert by Grupo Musical Canela, a four-piece band from Springfield’s sister city of Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, Mexico. Canela will be joined by special guest Enrique Ortiz. It's free and open to the public. You can get a taste both of Mexican culture and locally grown food.  

Emily Frankoski, Community Arts Director for Joplin’s arts agency Connect2Culture, joined me once again for a “Spotlight on Joplin” segment focusing on arts events as well as arts camps and classes for kids in June 2019.  Here are the events Emily brought up—first, performances.

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