Arts News (Oct. 13–19)

– ART FEEDS WORD VOMIT RETURNS: CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING 101

It’s all in the name, isn’t it? Art Feeds Word Vomit: A Night of Storytelling returns this Friday, October 17 from 7–9:30pm at The Palace in Downtown Joplin. Word Vomit is a seasonal event hosted by Art Feeds to raise funds for the growth of their programs. 10 storytellers will tell real life stories about “Creative Problem Solving 101” – story themes change for each event. Storytellers will speak directly from their experiences. This is a fantastic event where stories range from heartfelt, to inspirational to downright hilarious!

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For this event, Art Feeds is introducing an additional fundraising component, “Penny Wars.” Guests vote for their favorite story by placing a donation in a jar with the storyteller’s name on it. The storyteller with the most donations at the end of the night is crowned Word Vomit King or Queen! 20% of all proceeds at The Palace during the event as well as admission fees will go directly towards Art Feeds programming.

Tickets are $5 online, $7 at the door. Check out the Facebook event here. 

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– HEARTLAND OPERA THEATRE’S LA TRAVIATA TO FEATURE PROFESSIONAL SINGERS & MSSU VOCAL STUDENTS

LA TRAVIATA HEARTLAND OPERA THEATRE 2014Professional singers from around the country will bring Verdi’s opera La Traviata to life this month, a production of the Heartland Opera Theatre (HOT) of Joplin. The opera will be performed at 7:30pm, Friday, October 17 and 2:30pm on Sunday, October 19, in Taylor Performing Arts Center at MSSU. The performance will be sung in Italian with English titles, and will feature a full orchestra conducted by Nicholas Gilmore, artistic director of HOT.

La Traviata is one of the most popular and frequently performed operas. It is the story of a tragic romance of Violetta, a beautiful Paris courtesan and Alfredo, a poetic young man from a provincial family that opposes the relationship. In addition to full productions, arias from the opera are a staple in recitals and opera recordings.

Tickets are $20 for reserved seats, $25 at the door and $10 for students. For more information or to reserve tickets call 417-782-4953, email info@heartlandoperatheatre.com, or visit heartlandoperatheatre.com.

The chorus, an essential part of La Traviata, features vocal students at MSSU under the direction of Dr. Susan Smith, Professor of Music and Director of Vocal Studies.

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– MIDWEST REGIONAL BALLET PREPARES FOR NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Midwest Regional Ballet Nightmare Before Christmas 2014

A Midwest Regional Ballet Company & School (MRB) favorite, The Nightmare Before Christmas, is coming up soon! This show will feature the classic Tim Burton tale with imaginative sets, striking costumes and makeup, and of course, incredible dancing (including aerial, ballet, modern, hip-hop, and chain)! Choreography by Kaye L Lewis.

Friday, October 31 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 1 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, November 2 at 2:30pm

All performances will be held in Pittsburg, KS at the Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now. Calling the Memorial Auditorium: (620) 231-7827 to reserve or buy online. 

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– SOUTHERN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – TURKISH DELIGHTS CONCERT

Southern Symphony Orchestra Concert November 2014

The Southern Symphony Orchestra (SSO), under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey R. Macomber, dedicates half of its Fall concert to Turkish-inspired music. Beethoven’s Turkish March from “The Ruins of Athens” and Mozart’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in G major, K.219 “Turkish” will be performed by the orchestra and guest soloist Erik Peterson.

Peterson has been a member of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and is concertmaster of the chamber orchestra Up Close and Personal. As an active performing chamber musician, he is often heard in performances with the Ivy Street Ensemble and Mendelssohn Trio.  In addition to his work as a violinist, Peterson is artistic director of the Chintimini Chamber Music Festival in Corvallis, Oregon and the Front Range Chamber Players, based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He has taught violin, chamber music, and orchestral repertoire at Colorado State University, Rocky Bridge Music Center, Denver School of the Arts, and Denver Young Artists Orchestra.

Friday, November 7
7:30pm at Taylor Auditorium, MSSU
Free and open to the public

The Southern Symphony Orchestra is the Joplin area’s college/community orchestra hosted by Missouri Southern State University. For more info, please contact Dr. Macomber or call 417-625-9635.

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THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW: A FUN-RAISER FOR JOPLIN LITTLE THEATRE

Joplin Little Theatre Rocky Horror 2014

The masses wait with bated breath for the second year of The Rocky Horror Show at Joplin Little Theatre (JLT) – a FUN-raiser for JLT, produced by White Wood Theatrics.

The Rocky Horror Show is a humorous and raunchy tribute to the science fiction and B-movies of the late 1940’s to the early 1970’s. The musical tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad, transvestite scientist unveiling his newest creation: a muscle man named Rocky Horror. Parental discretion is advised for this mature night of comic entertainment.

November 7 & 8 at 10pm each night
Open seating – $15 each

Call (417) 623-3638 to reserve tickets or buy online. Tickets go FAST! Buy NOW! 

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