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.

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Influenced by Will Ackerman’s Windham Hill record label in the late 1980s, the music of conservatory-trained pianist and composer Dan Kennedy infuses New Age music with jazz and rock.

(Logo courtesy Messiah Project)

Messiah Project, the local Christian organization whose mission is to “present our Judeo-Christian heritage through the visual and performing arts,” will tour Austria and visit Krakow, Poland during a two-week performing and sightseeing trip later this month.  Some twenty members of the group’s Credo Chamber Choir, directed by Heather Nelson, will make the trip, along with frequent Messiah Project collaborator, Arkansas-based concert organist Jonathan Story, and soprano Kara Story.  They’ll give Springfield a preview of their concert-tour repertoire at a concert Sunday June 5th at 7:00pm a

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

When the stage is lit up, the characters are actually in the dark.  When the stage is dark, the lights are actually on in the characters' world.  That may not make sense, but hopefully it will if you attend Springfield Contemporary Theatre's new production of Peter Shaffer's 1965 British farce Black Comedy, opening tonight and running through June 19 at SCT Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Little Theatre)

Springfield Little Theatre at the Landers, 311 E. Walnut, presents the stage musical version of "Little Shop of Horrors," with book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, based on the cult-classic Roger Corman film.  Opening tonight (Friday May 20th), the production continues through June 5th.

(Photo courtesy Springfield Contemporary Theatre)

t's a special weekend May 13 through 15 at Springfield Contemporary Theatre Center Stage in Wilhoit Plaza (corner of Pershing and Robberson downtown). Following her sold out Sunday Songbook engagement last September 13--her birthday by the way--Johnnie Angelia King (who has starred in Ain’t Misbehavin and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill at SCT) returns in an encore weekend of performances. A great selection of blues, Broadway and gospel in the most intimate concert venue in the area.  Three performances: Friday and Saturday May 13 and 14 at 7:30pm and Sunday the 15th at 7pm.