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 Queen City Voices)

Queen City Voices is described by spokesperson Amy Hoogstraet Safley as "a non-profit community choir in Springfield. We are an all-inclusive choir--we're open to anyone in the community who wants to join, as long as they're 18 or older, as long as they like to sing, and as long as they can commit their Monday evenings to us during our seasons. And that's all we ask.  You don't have to audition. We just come together, united by our love of singing.

(Photo courtesy www.davidharrison.com)

National Poetry Month was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, Inspired by the success of Black History Month in February and Women's History Month in March, Poetry Month takes place every April in order to mark poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.  Two local authors and poets, David Harrison and Marcus Cafagna, joined us in studio this morning to read a few of their poems and talk about the importance of the art of poetry.

(Cover design courtesy Austin Macauley Publishers)

Richard Franks, who is now practicing law in Denver, is a Springfield native and a graduate of what, in the 1960s, was still Southwest Missouri State College. As he entered his senior year of law school at Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1968, he discovered to his chagrin that the draft board was cancelling ALL student deferments for graduate school after the current school year. This was, of course, the height of the Vietnam War.  While he was in no way a supporter of the Vietnam War, he discovered that the U.S.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Ballet)

Twice the story--double the fun. Springfield Ballet presents "A Tale of Two Wolves," featuring a double bill of "Peter & the Wolf" and "Little Red Riding Hood,” individually choreographed for Springfield Ballet’s dancers, April 13-15 at the Landers Theatre.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

Love... magic... destiny.  Springfield Regional Opera presents a much-loved operatic fairy tale for young and old, Mozart's "The Magic Flute", Friday and Saturday April 13 and 14 at 7:30pm at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East.   I talked with SRO’s Artistic Director Michael Spyres about the production.  The well-known tenor is not performing in it (he just got back to Springfield from a stint singing the lead role of Vasco de Gama in Frankfurt Opera’s production of Meyerbeer’s “L’Africaine”)—but his wife AND his brother are both in “Magic Flute.”

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