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 Springfield Dance Alliance)

Springfield Dance Alliance, a non-profit organization founded in 2012, is a collective of movement artists in the Springfield area dedicated to creating a dynamic dance community, with performance and education opportunities for dancers and open a dialog exploring the role of dance in everyday life. 

(Photo courtesy Eli Vega)

The artist community in Eureka Springs, Arkansas has a new inhabitant. Born to poor migrant parents of Mexican/Spanish descent in a railroad boxcar in Wyoming, Eli Vega grew up in West Texas, eventually attending Texas Tech University and studying art. Today he calls himself a “photo artist,” although it was some 20 years after his college days before he bought his first 35-mm SLR camera.  In his three years of art studies, he studied, in depth, concepts such as composition, design, and color theory.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Even the flops and failures of a fine musical-theatre composer will contain gems that deserve to take on a life of their own, alongside the big hits from the composer's catalog.  The musical revue "Jerry's Girls," featuring the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman, “was the show that marked my Broadway debut...

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

While the Landers Theatre is dark through the summer months, local theater-lovers can watch live stage performances at MSU Tent Theatre, and in the intimate "so close you might get some on you" venue of Center Stage at Wilhoit Plaza, home of Springfield Contemporary Theatre.  Opening tonight (July 8) and running through July 24 is Paul Osborn's charming 1939 slice of middle-Americana, Morning's at Seven.

(Poster design courtesy Missouri Choral Artists)

The Missouri Choral Artists is a brand-new Springfield-based group of professional choral singers founded earlier this year by Kelly Garrison and Matthew Felts.  When Matt Felts calls the group "professional," he defines them as "all either former music majors, current teachers, some former teachers--kind of all ages.  I just moved to Springfield to actually help get this project off the ground about a month ago."  The group will perform Arvo Pärt's Berliner Messe (Berlin Mass) for chorus and string orchestra, and other works by Baltic composers, in a concert Sunday June 26th at 4:

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