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 Conservatory of the Ozarks)

Conservatory of the Ozarks (COTO) will host a concert by Jason Sain & the Foolhearted during a Cakewalk Fundraiser at the Creamery Art Center, 411 Sherman Parkway across from Hammons Field. Conservatory of the Ozarks students provide a pre-show for the concert, scheduled for Saturday August 1st from 6 - 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance at the Conservatory of the Ozarks offices, 2132 Chesterfield Blvd Suite D in Chesterfield Village; they'll be $12 at the door.  Bring a dessert item to donate to the cake walk and receive a $5 discount off of the admission price.

(Poster design courtesy Mount Vernon Community Theatre)

Teen idol Conrad Birdie has been drafted into the Army, and teenage girls around the country are heartbroken!  Mount Vernon Community Theatre will produce the musical Bye Bye Birdie at the MARC, the Mount Vernon Arts and Recreations Center, 822 Mt.Vernon Blvd, July 23-26.  Matt Teal, who plays Albert Peterson, the manager of the Elvis-like singing sensation Conrad Birdie, tells KSMU about how this show was selected.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre reaches back to 18th-century commedia dell' arte for its next production: The Servant of Two Masters by Carlo Goldoni, translated and adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Paolo Emilio Landi, to run July 10-26 at SCT Center Stage. 

(Photo courtesy Drury University)

Dr. Christopher Koch (pronounced "Cook," by the way) has just been appointed Music Director of Springfield Regional Opera, and he adds that title--and all the responsibilities thereof--to an already rather full plate.  Dr. Koch is an associate professor of music at Drury University, where he directs the Orchestra and Wind Symphony programs.  He has also been Music Director of the area's regional community orchestra, the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, for more than a decade.

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In a few weeks, a team of more than 30 musicians and travelers will embark on a Messiah Project tour of Greece and Turkey, with a concert of music based on the Book of Revelation—everything from classical to jazz to gospel, with choral works and solo performances.  Messiah Project will present a “Bon Voyage” concert Saturday June 20th at 7:00pm at All Saints Anglican Church, 2751 E. Galloway.  The concert will include pianist Jonathan Story playing Beethoven’s Sonata No.11 as well as four-hand selections along with keyboardist Dr. Linda Ligate.