Arts News

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 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.

(Photo courtesy Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts)

Coming next week to the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts: the multi-platinum international music sensation Celtic Woman will present their new national touring show "Voices of Angels", Thursday June 15 at 7:00pm.  "Voices of Angels" showcases the voices of Susan McFadden, Máiréad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces their newest member, Celtic violinist Tara McNeill, accompanied by a group of equally talented musicians and dancers whose skill and high energy bring a fresh fusion to centuries of musical and cultural tradition.

(Photo courtesy Rock House Center for the Arts)

Rock House Center for the Arts in Reeds Spring, MO presents the 13th Annual Rock House Outdoor Music Festival Saturday June 3rd starting at 2:00pm at Flavie Field, 22601 Main Street in Reeds Spring. Gates open at 1:30—“11:00pm is when the city shuts us down,” says Jeannette Baird of Rock House.  She says the soccer field is about two blocks—“walking distance”—from the Rock House.

(Poster design courtesy Springfield Regional Opera)

March 11th and 12th Springfield Regional Opera presents an opera you can’t refuse! It’s an updated version of Donizetti’s comic masterpiece “Don Pasquale.” “The Don” is a wealthy older man who decides to teach his lecherous nephew a lesson, but is then tricked by his friend into unwittingly agreeing to marry Norina, who is also the love of his nephew’s life AND the sister of Pasquale's friend. Hijinks ensue as the sham marriage is embraced and everyone turns “The Don’s” Italian restaurant, and life, upside down to teach him a lesson.

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