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.

(Logo courtesy Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild)

Southwest Missouri Art and Craft Guild is an all-volunteer organization started by artists to support the working artist.  This is the organization's 21st year, and it's also the 21st year for their annual "Art in the Park" fine art and contemporary craft show and sale.  Once again Art in the Park will take place in Sequiota Park, 3500 S. Lone Pine; the dates are Saturday and Sunday Oct.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Springfield Regional Opera celebrates 35 years of opera in southwest Missouri with a gala concert Saturday October 3rd at 7:30pm in Drury University Clara Thompson Hall.  They'll collaborate with the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, whose Music Director Christopher Koch is also SRO's new Music Director.  SRO also has a new Artistic Director in place as well.  He's an alum of the opera company who's gone on to an international career as a tenor performing some of the most difficult and treacherous music in the repertoire: the (often) extremely high-lying, and (just as often) highly florid

(Logo courtesy MSU Department of Media, Journalism & Film)

Local film lovers will be able to unite with more than 100,000 people all over the world the first week of October to view--and vote for their favorites in--the 18th annual Manhattan Short Film Festival.  It's billed as the only global audience-choice film festival in the world.  And once again this year, the Missouri State University campus is the only location in Missouri where you can view the films and participate in the voting.  The Festival returns to the MSU campus Saturday October 3rd starting at 7:00pm in Plaster Student Union Theatre, 1110 E. Madison.

(Photo: Randy Stewart)

The Missouri State University Music Department's Director of Choral Studies Dr. Cameron LaBarr invited tenor and musical theatre specialist Brandon Nase to come to campus for a week's worth of master classes for music education and vocal performance students.  His week in Springfield culminates Monday Sept. 21st with a free public concert in the Juanita K.

(Poster design courtesy MSU Theatre and Dance)

Le Wilhelm who died at age 67 in Long Island, New York in 2013, was a native of Galena, Missouri who received Masters degrees in Theatre from Missouri State University and the University of Florida.  After moving to New York City, Wilhelm enjoyed a 30-year career as a playwright and director, publishing 25 one-act plays.  But it's the unpublished works of Le Wilhelm that garner a lot of attention from area theater companies.  Missouri State University Assistant Professor Dr.