Joplin Arts News (Feb. 22–28)

Reserve Tickets Now! US Army Field Band & Soldiers’ Chorus

The internationally acclaimed United States Army Field Band of Washington, DC will continue its long tradition of presenting free public performances when it appears at Joplin High School’s Performing Arts Center – Coulter Auditorium on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, 7:00pm.

The Army Field Band’s concert in Joplin, MO is presented by Connect2Culture and sponsored by The Joplin Globe, Freeman Health System, Leggett & Platt Inc., Vowels & Stovern Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Joplin Regional Business Journal, TAMKO, Community Bank & Trust, The Insurancenter, Empire District Electric Company, Crossland Construction Company, Inc., Sign Designs, CGA Architects, and Tri-Point Tactical, LLC.


The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. These two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions. The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics, and Broadway musicals. The band and chorus also perform independently, and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army All-American Bowl, and diplomatic efforts overseas. More than six decades as the military’s most traveled musicians have earned them the title, “The Musical Ambassadors of the Army.”

US-LogoTheir concert in Joplin, MO will feature Joplin High School students in both the Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus. The City of Joplin’s 143rd Birthday will also be celebrated! The City of Joplin and Joplin’s Historical Society will provide refreshments after the concert.

Tickets are free, however seating is limited and tickets are required. Tickets are available for pick-up at The Joplin Globe (117 E. 4th St.) and Joplin City Hall (602 S. Main St.). Tickets are also available online: Ticket pick-up locations cannot distribute more than 10 tickets per person. To reserve more than 10 tickets, please visit and register as many times as it takes to reserve enough tickets for your group.

Doors open at 6:00pm. Ticket holders must be in their seats at 6:45pm on the night of the concert. Unclaimed seats will be released at 6:50pm. The concert will begin at 7:00pm. For more information contact the Connect2Culture office at (417) 625-6683.

Peter Rabbit Visits Thomas Jefferson Concert Hall

Beatrix Potter is known around the world for her beloved animal characters and whimsical stories. Thomas Jefferson is thrilled to host this Enchanted Theatre Group performance of her most famous tales. In celebration of her 150th birthday anniversary, her captivating stories will come to life on stage in the TJ Concert Hall on Thursday, March 3, 3:30pm. Children of all ages will enjoy Peter Rabbit Tales, and the production is appropriate for audiences as young as 3-years-old. Reserved Seating: Adults – $11, Children (Any child under 18) – $8.


A brief synopsis: Peter Rabbit, his sister Flopsy, and his cousin Benjamin, are all grown up! Flopsy and Benjamin are married with bunnies of their own when the nasty badger, Tommy Brock, decides to steal the babies. Peter and Benjamin set off on an adventure to rescue them, and along the way, relive their childhood misadventures with Mr. McGregor and his cat. On their journey, the cousins manage to avoid the dangerous fox, Mr. Tod, and recruit Squirrel Nutkin, a cheeky squirrel who’s lost his tail, and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, the kindly hedgehog, to help find the bunnies. Peter hilariously pits the badger and fox against one another and rescues the baby bunnies. Benjamin and Flopsy are joyously reunited with their children, and all return home together to live happily ever after! 

Post Art Library’s Great Hall Gallery

The Post Art Library’s Great Hall Gallery was fashioned after the Great Hall in Dr. Winfred L. and Elizabeth C. Post’s Tudor mansion. Complete with a fireplace, oak plank floors, Gothic-style arches, and a vaulted ceiling ornamented with corbels designed by Dr. Post, the Great Hall Gallery makes for a great venue. Presently, the gallery is undergoing significant change – from that of a museum-like atmosphere to that of an art gallery – which is more aligned with the active role that Post Art Library will play in the new library building.

Great Hall Gallery

The Great Hall Gallery is unique in being located in a special library within a public library. As such, the gallery will potentially attract a wider array of patrons, some who might not otherwise consider access or seek out contact with local arts and culture. The Great Hall Gallery will not sell artwork featured in their gallery, but will refer interested parties directly to the artists. This is a temporary gallery. It will close prior to the library’s big move to its new location.

“Some aims of the Great Hall Gallery are to further promote local art, to help generate greater interest in local art, to make local art more accessible to potential patrons, and to bring together a variety of styles and techniques representing Joplin art now. Also, Great Hall Gallery allows us to continue to build upon our relationship with the local arts community, and, due to our location, reach out to those who come to the library but are not currently involved,” said Jill Sullivan, Post Art Library Director.

In March 2016, Great Hall Gallery will open with artwork by a variety of local artists, including Justin Camerer, Martha Goldman, Kim Guthrie, Justin Hale, Laura Horn, Josie Mai, Kyle McKenzie, Hiram Mesa, Meghan Moore, Morgan Seaman, and Linda Wenger. An opening reception will be held during First Thursday ArtWalk on March 3, 5:30–8:30pm. Great Hall Gallery is an addition to the monthly exhibits traditionally hosted by Post Art Library. For more information, contact Post Art Library Director, Jill Sullivan, at 417-782-7678 or

Nominations Now Open for 2016 Arty Award

Cleo Arty Award 2015

Cleo Copeland

Do you know someone who has made a profound impact within the Joplin Arts community? Nominate them for the 2015 Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce Arty Award! Past award winners include Sharon Beshore, Cynthia Schwab, Jo Mueller, and Cleo Copeland.

Each year one person is chosen who has promoted and enhanced the arts in the Joplin community.

Pick up a nomination form at the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce or email Cary for a digital copy at 

Southern Theatre Prepares for The Threepenny Opera

Southern Theatre will present The Threepenny Opera book and lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, music by Kurt Weill and English adaptation by Marc Blitzstein, March 1 – 5 at 7:30pm in the Bud Walton Theatre on the campus of Missouri Southern State University.  The play is co-directed by Ann and Jim Lile.

Brecht and Weill turned to John Gay’s 18th-century ‘The Beggar’s Opera’ to fashion this savage, biting commentary on bourgeois capitalism and modern morality. Set in Victorian London, the bitter tale is told of the predatory outlaw known as Mack the Knife. He secretly marries the daughter of Soho’s underworld boss, but is soon betrayed by his sinister in-laws and sent to prison. After being freed by the police chief’s daughter, he is again betrayed- this time by a prostitute-and sentenced to death. At the final hour he manages a reprieve from Queen Victoria herself, thus providing a menacing finale of ferocious irony.

The Threepenny Opera

The Threepenny Opera cast includes: Joshua Lee Pruss as Mr. J. J. Peachum; Tonya Richardson as Mrs. Peachum; Kristen Youts as Polly Peachum; Tanner Munson as Filch, Messenger, Bob; Forrest Bunter as Macheath; Mollie Sanders as Jenny; Kyle Jacobs as Tiger Brown; Jolene Jenkins as Lucy Brown; Todd Manley as Matt; Kendric Carlock as Jake; Jonathon Krolis as Walt; Inge Logtenberg as Betty; Macy Swink as Dolly; Erica Zeyn as Molly; Liz Phillips as Coaxer; Kelsey Hale as Ensemble, Beggar, Rev. Kimball, Smith; Michelle Potts as Ensemble, Beggar, Constable 2; and Jamie Strong as Ensemble, Beggar, Constable.

Admission is $4.00 for MSSU Students and $5.00 MSSU faculty and staff; $10.00 for adults;  $8.00 for Senior Citizens; $6.00 for Non­MSSU Students. This production is for mature audiences only due to explicit language and adult situations.

The Southern Theatre box office will be open Mon–Fri, Feb. 15–Mar. 4. Box office hours are 9am–3pm. Monday through Friday. For reservations, call the Southern Theatre Box Office at 417-625-3190.

For theatre production information, contact MSSU Theatre Department at (417) 625­-9393. Requests for accommodations related to a disability, contact Terri Spencer at (417) 625-9393 at least 72 hours before the performance.

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