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 Contemporary Theatre)

“It’s an epic musical—it’s really one of the great, great American musicals. And... it’s an undertaking!” Rick Dines continues his long association with Springfield Contemporary Theatre by directing the new production of the Tony-winning musical “Ragtime,” based on the E.L. Doctorow novel, tonight through March 4th at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.  While “epic” and “SCT Center Stage” don’t naturally go together in the same sentence, Dines couldn’t help himself: he had to get this show on the stage.

(Logo courtesy Springfield Regional Arts Council)

The largest fine arts festival in Southwest Missouri, Artsfest on Walnut Street, will mark 38 years of supporting artists and art enthusiasts in the Ozarks when the Walnut Street Historic District will be filled to capacity with visual and performing artists—not to mention more than 20,000 art lovers—on May 5th and 6th.  Applications for artists, nonprofits and performers are now open for this year’s Artsfest, and the Springfield Regional Arts Council is in the middle of the big push toward the deadline, Tuesday February 20.

(Photo courtesy www.angelicanegron.com)

It's an evening of firsts for the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra, as they play their first-ever concert in the Gillioz Theatre tonight as 7:30pm, and offer a concert featuring music exclusively by living composers--mostly (but not exclusively) female composers. 

One of the composers whose music will be played at tonight's concert is Puerto Rican-born composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist Angelica Negron (pronounced "an-HEL-ih-kah neh-GROHN").  She joined me live in the studio this morning during "Arts News," along with the SDCO's Assistant Conductor Amy Andreassen.

(Poster design courtesy Actors Theatre of Missouri)

Springfield Shakespeare at the Columns, in partnership with Actors Theatre of Missouri, Rice Theatricals, and The Dangerous Playground, presents William Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" in the auditorium at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Drive adjacent to Phelps Grove Park.  This is a rare opportunity for local theatergoers to see an early, lesser-known Shakespeare work—his first tragic play, in fact.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

Springfield Contemporary Theatre presents the 2018 Missouri Solo Play Festival at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing & Robberson) throughout the month of January, with plays about four great women running in repertory.   

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