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 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.

(photo courtesy springfieldmo.org)

For the past five years Music Monday of the Ozarks has presented talks by local musicians, and those involved in the production and promotion of local music, the first Monday of the month at University Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in the John Q. Hammons Room. Previously a lunch-hour event, starting with the June event Music Monday will move will move to 6:00pm.

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