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.

ARTS NEWS FOR Jan 20 2017

Support for KSMU Arts News is provided by Don Wessel Honda at 3520 S. Campbell.  Don Wessel Honda—a supporter of all arts which make Springfield a better place to live.


(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre’s first production of 2017 is “9 to 5: The Musical” at the Landers Theatre, 311 E. Walnut, running January 20 to February 5.  LT’s longtime Scenic Designer/Tech Director Chuck Rogers is directing the show, featuring a book by Patricia Resnick, and music and lyrics by none other than Dolly Parton herself, who was one of the three stars of the popular 20th-Century Fox movie comedy on which this stage show is based.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre opens 2017 with the Olivier-winning drama Blackbird by David Harrower.  Directing the production, and making his SCT debut, is Albert Pertalion, who retired to the Nixa area two years ago after running a performing arts center at Georgia Southern University  Albert had already directed West Side Story at Springfield Little Theatre, and wanted to work with SCT.  Asked by Lou Schaffer and Rick Dines what he might want to direct, Albert immediately said "Blackbird!

(photo by Randy Stewart)

Springfield Metro Chorus, a charter member of Sweet Adelines International, is a group of nearly 50 women who gather together to celebrate the art form known as "barbershop music"--it's not just for quartets.  But the Chorus does contain a couple of integral quartets as part of the overall group.  One of them is Diane Durham's "My Favorite Quartet," and once again they visited KSMU to sing a couple of Christmas songs and promote their 2016 "Singing Christmas Cards."

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Pianist Kirill Gerstein was born in Voronezh, Russia in 1979.  While studying classical piano he taught himself to play jazz by listening to his parents’ record collection.  He was brought to the United States at the age of 14 at the behest of jazz vibraphonist Gary Burton, in order to study at the Berklee College of Music in Boston—the youngest student there ever. Eventually he returned to classical music as his main professional focus.