MSSU Choral Society Spring Session Begins – Singers Welcome!

The Spring session of the well-known area-wide mixed chorus, the MSSU Choral Society, begins Monday, January 18, 2016, 7–9pm in room 208 of the Music Building at MSSU. There are no auditions, however singers with choral experience preferred – all singers welcome! The class fee is $30 for the semester and covers a semester of choral singing.

Photo Courtesy The Joplin Globe T.. Rob Brown

Photo Courtesy The Joplin Globe’s T. Rob Brown | Featured In Photo: Leecia Bloss, MSSU Choral Society Member

The choir will be preparing for its spring concert May 1, which includes a medley from Phantom of the Opera along with Broadway Blockbusters from some of Broadway’s longest running shows, and With a Song in My Heart: the Music of Richard Rodgers whose works earned him a Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Anyone who loves Broadway music will want to be part of the fun!

The ensemble continues under the direction of Dr. Al Carnine, who founded the Choral Society in 1980 and has been its sole conductor and artistic director. For more information on joining, contact Wally Bloss by phone 417-208-9654 or email 

MSSU Choral Society History: The Choral Society had its first rehearsal in the spring of 1980. The idea for the ensemble came from its permanent conductor Dr. Al Carnine. He realized that there were no vocal ensembles available in the area for adults desiring to sing in a secularly-oriented non-professional mixed choir. Presently the number of singers averages fifty with the national average for community choruses in the thirties. The choir performs three different repertoires each year covering the Christmas season, late spring, and summer. A wide variety of literature is covered including both sacred and secular selections ranging from classical to Broadway. [spacer height=”0px”]

New Exhibits Open Saturday at Spiva Center for the Arts

Opening in the Main Gallery, Stewart Nachmias creates cast paper woodcuts that celebrate the energy of urban life in expressionist images drawn from his own experiences as a musician, performer and artist. The cast paper woodcuts of this exhibit reflect aspects of the artist’s life, transformed into bold, graphic images. The prints show him performing in puppet shows, playing in a rock band, and working as a printmaker.


“48 Clowns” by Stewart Nachmias

The exhibit also features mandalas that use a circular format, with each devoted to a single subject including making music and puppeteering. Many of his prints depict an individual in the city, and feature the density and intensity of city life. Urban architecture, with its looming buildings, water tanks and bridges, play a central role in his work.

Spiva LogoThe exhibit will also be the inspiration for Spiva’s annual Third Grade Field Trips, which will start in late January. Students from throughout southwest Missouri will visit the Nachmias exhibit, then participate in an individual and collaborative art project influenced by the works. The students’ collaborative project may be viewed in the Upstairs Gallery at Spiva during January and February.

Pulp Icons: Cast Paper & Prints by Stewart Nachmias is an exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The St. Avips Invitational will run concurrently in the Regional Focus Gallery – sponsored by Steve and Diana Graddy, with additional assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.  This exhibit features artists who participated in the St. Avips Ball in May 2015, and gave over 75% of the proceeds of their art sales to support Spiva. Twenty-one regional artists will be featured in painting, clay and multimedia works. All three exhibitions run through Sunday, February 21. An opening reception will be held Friday, January 15, 5:30–7:30pm. Admission: $5 suggested contribution, members free.

Regional Gallery St. Avips Invitational 2016

Regional Focus Gallery | St. Avips Invitational

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The Arts Lend a Hand In “No Barren Land” Fundraiser

FullSizeRender“No Barren Land” is an art and music show that will raise funds to assist the International Rescue Committee’s support programs for families immigrating to the United Sates. Spend the evening enjoying a cup of coffee, a wonderful display of local artists, poets and musicians, and support the refugee efforts in the United States and abroad. Admission is $7. All funds raised at the door and coffee bar will be donated to the International Rescue Committee.

The fundraiser will be hosted at RSVPaint’s studio (420 South Main Street) on February 8 – doors open at 6:30pm, show will begin at 7pm. Participating visual artists include Kyle McKenzie, Mark Neunshwander, Biaka Zaidarhzauva, and many more. Artists interested in participating should contact Jordan Murdock at 417-483-0340 or [spacer height=”0px”]

Joplin Little Theatre’s Audience Choice Season – Second Round

Joplin Little Theatre’s (JLT) Audience Choice Season nomination round ended on December 15 2015. In this round, JLT asked the public to nominate their play/musical choices for the next season through a designated Facebook event page. By “writing a post” to the comment thread, your nomination was entered into the mix.

All nominations have been collected and the JLT Directing Staff has worked hard to narrow it down to a top 20 list! Drum roll, please…

    White Christmas
    The Producers
    Little Shop of Horrors
    Pump Boys and Dinettes
    A Christmas Story
    Reefer Madness
    The Last Five Years
    Noises Off
    The Dining Room
    Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf
    Sordid Lives
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    August Osage County
    The Dark at the Top of the Stairs
    A Piece of my Heart
    Blithe Spirit
    You Can’t Take it With You


NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO VOTE AGAIN! CLICK HERE and cast your votes for the shows you would like to see during JLT’s 2016–2017 season. Public voting will determine next season’s lineup…so do your part by voting and make sure to share the survey with friends!

Questions should be addressed to Jade Nicholas, Chairman of the Directing Staff, at [spacer height=”0px”]