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  • November 30, 2010 01:10 PM

    Cleaver Guitars invites the public to play two radically-designed new electric guitars at the December First Friday Art Walk at Nick Sibley Music, 412 S. Campbell. The guitars were designed by four Springfieldians: Dunham Henry, James Radke, Kelly Cox, and Andy Cline. To introduce the guitars, nicknamed the "Randy" and the "Beaver", to Springfield and get feedback on the initial designs, Cleaver Guitars invites the public to play them at Nick Sibley Music from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. during the First Friday Art Walk on December 3rd. For more information, contact James Radke at 569-7169.

  • November 30, 2010 01:09 PM

    The annual Drury University Christmas Vespers service will be held Sunday December 5 at 4:00 pm in Stone Chapel on the Drury campus. The service includes both traditional and contemporary Christmas music, punctuated by the reading of The Christmas Story by Drury faculty members Rosemary Jackson, Stephen Bomgardner, and Drury Chaplain Peter Browning. Music will be performed by the Drury Singers and Chamber Choir, directed by Allin Sorenson; Drury Concert Choir directed by Duane Harris; the Drury Brass Quintet, directed by Tijuana Julian; the Stanton Strings; harpist Nancy Dygart; and organist Earline Moulder. Drury's Christmas Vespers has become a local favorite and Stone Chapel tends to fill up quickly, so it's suggested that people arrive early. Following the performance there will be a reception in the chapel lounge sponsored by the Drury Alumni and Development Office and the Drury Music Department. Admission is free. For more information call the Drury Music Department at 873-7291.

  • November 30, 2010 01:07 PM

    University Heights Baptist Church Music Ministry will host a “ChristmasAround the World” concert Monday, December 20 at 7:00 pm, featuring three members of the professional Mosaic Vocal Ensemble: soprano Traci Pritchard, mezzo-soprano Lendi Stirewalt, and baritone Marvin Murphree performing favorite hymns, carols, and songs of Christmas. The performers will tell the stories behind the songs, giving interesting subtext to the compositions. Dr. Janice Fulbright will accompany on the piano. Admission is free. University Heights Baptist Church is located at the corner of Grand and National. For more information, call 862-0789.

  • November 30, 2010 01:07 PM

    Mark Bilyeu from local band Big Smith, drawing on his years as a musicologist and entertainer, explores the life, words, and music of the wandering hobo, New Deal employee, and people’s music legend Woody Guthrie in an entertaining afternoon of music and spoken word Sunday Dec.12 from 2 to 4pm at the Yellow House Community Arts Center, 209 Trish Knight Street in West Plains. Mark currently teaches Ozarks Culture and Folklore at Drury University and continues to perform and record with Big Smith. Admission is $5. For more information call (417) 372-3113.

  • November 23, 2010 11:54 AM

    Randy Bacon’s Gallery Sounds Music Series announces a new partnership with the Gillioz Theatre--the first "Gallery Sounds at the Gillioz" concert features one of the most successful acts in contemporary Christian music, Texas-based duo Shane and Shane (Shane Everett and Shane Barnard), with opening act Lindsay McCaul and Sam Deford. It's set for Thursday Dec.9th at 7:00pm at the Gillioz, 325 Park Central East. The idea behind the new Gallery Sounds at the Gillioz concert series is to present major concerts that are too large for Randy Bacon's regular art gallery venue in the Monarch Art Factory. The Bacons will continue to host smaller and more intimate concerts in their gallery. Tickets are available for purchase at www.gillioz.org, at the Gillioz box office at 325 Park Central East, or call 863-9491.

  • November 23, 2010 11:49 AM

    The Mosaic Vocal Ensemble will present Puccini’s Messa di Gloria on Saturday December 4 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of University Heights Baptist Church, 1010 S. National at Grand. Puccini completed his mass in 1880 and, after an initial performance it was not heard again until 1952. Puccini, however, borrowed sections of the work for use in some of his operas including Manon Lescaut and Edgar. The performance will feature local soloists Traci Pritchard, Tim Piland, Bryan McDonald and Marvin Murphree and will be accompanied by Michael Womack. It's free and open to the public.

  • November 23, 2010 10:54 AM

    Springfield Ballet invites you to celebrate the magic of the season with the Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker Dec.17-19 at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut. This year's production features various local celebrities in the part scene, including the Skinny Improv’s Jeff Jenkins as Uncle Drosselmeyer, professional dancers from Oklahoma Festival Ballet, and new costumes and set pieces. Nutcracker performances at the Landers are Friday Dec.17 at 7:30pm; Saturday the 18th at 2 and 7:30; and Sunday Dec.19 at 2:00 and 6:00pm. For tickets call the Landers Theatre box office at 869-1334 or purchase online at www.springfieldlittletheatre.org. Visit the Ballet's website at www.springfieldballet.org.

  • November 23, 2010 10:53 AM

    The Traditional Dance & Music Society of the Ozarks will hold two contradances in December, the first and third Saturdays of the month (Dec.4 and 18), from 7:30 to 10:30pm at the Franciscan Villa, 620 W. Scott in Springfield. No partner needed...ages 10 and up are invited to come join the fun. Basic steps are taught at 7:00pm. On Dec.4 the band will be Knife and Fork, with dance caller Gloria Johnson; and on the 18th live music will provided by Baled Green & Wired Tight with dance caller Debra Harpe. Admission is $6 adults; $4 for students and Dance Society members. For information, call Vickie Strohm at 862-8681 or visit www.springfieldcontra.org.

  • November 23, 2010 10:51 AM

    Upcoming concerts at The Front Porch, 310 South Avenue downtown: TONIGHT (Friday Dec.3rd) at 8:00pm is a benefit concert for the "x50 Project" which raises money for, and awareness of, organ donorship. Avian Sunrise with New York, New York and Rob Hunt will all perform, along with a video and instructional materials. It's free, but donations will be accepted. And Friday Dec. 10th at 8pm there’s a free “Santapalooza” concert featuring Straight White Lines with other musicians to be announced. For information call 865-CORE (2673) or visit www.thecoredowndown.com.

  • November 23, 2010 10:49 AM

    Celebrate the sounds of the season with SRO Lyric Theatre's "Voices of Christmas" FREE holiday concert Sunday December 19th at 2:00pm at First Baptist Church, 525 South Avenue in Springfield. It's a concert that's sure to get you into the festive mood, showcasing SRO Lyric Theatre's vocalists and musicians on an international sleigh ride of holiday classics, with the Chamber Orchestra of the Ozarks and the First Baptist Church Choir directed by SRO's music director Amy Muchnick. It's free with general admission--no tickets will be distributed. For more information visit www.srolyrictheatre.org