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.

(Photo courtesy Missouri Choral Artists)

The Missouri Choral Artists are a group of professional musicians dedicated to artistic excellence in choral music. The newly developed MCA model features an ever-evolving selection of the finest choral musicians and conductors from across Missouri and the surrounding region. The ensemble convenes for a weekend of rehearsals and events that culminate in a presentation of choral music of the highest caliber. MCA will present its first full season of concerts across the state of Missouri, beginning on Sunday, July 16th at 4:00pm in the Chapel of Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Randy Stewart / KSMU

The Springfield Regional Arts Council held a press conference Wednesday morning to announce the findings of a yearlong survey that documents the economic impact of the non-profit arts and culture industry in the Springfield area.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza presents "Accidental Death of an Anarchist" June 30-July 16. A bank gets bombed, a suspect dies in custody, and the police inquiry turns into... a masterpiece of comedy? Dario Fo's political farce, "Accidental Death of an Anarchist," was inspired by a true incident: an imposter labeled “The Maniac” impersonates a judge who has multiple guilty defendants on his hands, causing constant chaos in a police station.

(Photo courtesy Gary Ellison)

The 11th Jazz Service at First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, 800 E. Cherry at Hammons Parkway, will take place in the church sanctuary on Sunday June 25th at 11:00am, functioning as the regular worship service for this Sunday.  That’s not only a new date for this annual service, as it usually takes place in February around Mardi Gras, but also a location within the church.  Howerver, the musicians remain the same—Dave Gravatt and the Creole Jazz Band with Gary Ellison playing piano and telling the stories of the great gospel songs in lieu of a sermon.

(Still courtesy Moxie Cinema)

Local artist and actor Andie Bottrell has directed, written, produced, edited and stars in "Seek Help," a ten-episode dramedy web series that was shot here in Springfield.  She’ll screen the entire first season, binge-style—each episode is only 5 to 10 minutes in length, so all together it comes out to an hour and 12 minutes, roughly feature-film length—at the Moxie Cinema, 305 S. Campbell Suite 101, Sunday June 25th at 6:30pm.

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