Pro Musica presents Academy of St Martin in the Fields

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields, based in London, is one of the world’s premier chamber orchestras, renowned for its fresh, brilliant interpretations of the world’s most-loved classical music.  Formed by Sir Neville Marriner in 1958 from a group of leading London musicians, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church in November 1959. Through its live performances and vast recording output – highlights of which include the 1969 best-seller Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the soundtrack to 1985’s Oscar-winning film Amadeus – the Academy quickly gained an enviable international reputation for its distinctive, polished and refined sound.

Today the Academy is led artistically by Music Director and virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell (who will NOT be appearing in Joplin), retaining the collegiate spirit and flexibility of the original small, conductor-less ensemble which has become an Academy hallmark. Tomo Keller, who will be the director for the Joplin concert, was born in Stuttgart in 1974 to German-Japanese parents, both of whom were professional pianists. He started playing the violin at the age of six and at ten years old he gave his first performances as a soloist with an orchestra.

Tomo studied at Vienna’s University for Music and Performing Arts and New York’s Juilliard School. Numerous prizes and awards followed, and he was also the first instrumentalist to receive the Aalto Stage Prize for young musicians.

Each year the Academy works with some of the most talented soloists and directors in the classical music scene. The piano soloist in Joplin will be Inon Barnatan.  Celebrated for his poetic sensibility, probing intellect, and consummate artistry, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan (“ee-NON BAR-na-tan”) currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. In 2015-16, he embarked on his second season with the Philharmonic.

Mark David, Principal Trumpet in the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, has enjoyed a distinguished career as a performer with some of the most prestigious ensembles in the world. He has been described as “epitomizing the very best of British Trumpet playing: clarity of tone, elegance of style and with sustained power when required.”

The Academy will perform at Missouri Southern State University’s Taylor Performing Arts Center (3950 E Newman Rd) on Thursday, March 23, 7:30pm. 

Their program will consist of: Quiet City by Aaron Copland, Piano Concerto No. 9 K271 E Flat Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 1 by Dimitri Shostakovich, and Symphony No. 29 K.201 (186a), A major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Cost: $15-$25 Open Seating, $5 discount for Students; $50 Prestige Seating with reserved premium seating.  Tickets can be purchased with credit card online on the website, or with check or cash from the office or at the door.

French Film Festival Returns to Missouri Southern State University

We are pleased to announce that the French Film Festival will return to the MSSU campus! The Tournées Film Festival grant is an initiative of the FACE Foundation, in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, which endeavors to bring French cinema to American college and university campuses.  Operating under the authority of a board of trustees with professional and logistical support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, FACE aims to further international understanding by fostering French American cultural exchange and supporting contemporary creative work in the arts and education, to develop and support relationships between professionals in all creative fields, to encourage collaborative projects between cultural and educational institutions, and to combine the strengths of both the French and American systems of financial support for the arts and education. Discover more about FACE and the Tournées Film Festival grant award and film selection for 2016-2017.

All films have English subtitles and all screenings and other festival activities are free admission and open to the public. For a full lineup of festivities and films, click here.

Calling All Filmophiles! Film Festivals to Enter in Joplin, MO
Speaking of film festivals to enjoy…here are a few you might consider participating in…
MSSU/Community Film Contest

The MSSU Communication Department invites you to submit an original short film related to “Frenchness” in honor of their French Film Festival (that you read all about above)! Finalists will also be featured in the First Thursday Art Walk in April. Film entries should please adhere to the following guidelines:

– Length: 2-10 minutes
– Entry Deadline: Sunday, March 26, 2017
– Submission: Send YouTube or Vimeo link to

For further details, please contact Mr. Ward Bryant, Associate Professor and Department Chair of Communication, at or at 417-625-9710. [spacer height=”0px”]

Film Spiva 48 Hour Film Festival

Filmmakers, get your teams together and prepare for a whirlwind of creativity. Spiva Center for the Arts is hosting the Eighth Annual FilmSpiva 48-hour Film Competition. Contestants will meet in Spiva’s Main Gallery at 6:00pm on Thursday, March 30th to receive this year’s criteria. They then have 48 hours to complete a 3-minute short film. Deadline to submit entries is 6:00pm on Saturday, April 1. The cost to participate is $10 per team.

For additional details, contact Shaun Conroy at or 417.623.0183. [spacer height=”0px”]

Annual Cavalier Student Film Festival

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School will soon host their second Annual Cavalier Student Film Festival! Any student in middle school (grades 6-8) or high school (grades 9-12) is eligible to enter this contest. Get those creative juices flowing and show off your filmmaking skills! Films must be submitted by 7:00pm on Friday, March 24th. Cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in each category (best overall film, best directing, best acting, and best editing). Winners of the judged contest will be announced at 4:00pm on Wednesday, March 29th in the TJ Concert Hall. Participants must be present at the awards ceremony to win. For rules, submission guidelines, and judging details, visit: [spacer height=”0px”]

Stained Glass Theatre Joplin presents A Little Princess
Next up at Stained Glass Theatre Joplin? A Little Princess! A Little Princess spins the tale of Sara Crewe, a charismatic child with a wonderful story-telling ability. Sent to an English boarding school by her father, a military officer stationed in India, Sara uses her personality and imagination to create a circle of new friends. But, when tragedy strikes her life, will Sara’s courage hold out? This magical 20th century story of inner strength is based on the classic children’s book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

A Little Princess will run for two weeks, Thursdays–Sundays, March 16–26, 7:00pm (2:30pm on Sundays).

Tickets available for purchase at the door. Box office opens 45 minutes before show times. $8 for adults, $5 for children ages 4-13. For more information, visit [spacer height=”0px”]

New Murals to be Officially Unveiled at MSSU’s Spiva Library



Joplin is becoming a city of murals and two new works will soon be added to the list. The indoor murals will be publicly unveiled at 10:00am Monday, March 13, in Spiva Library at Missouri Southern State University (3950 E Newman Rd).

James Capeci, Interim Director of Library Services, says the unveiling will take place near the fireplace on the main (third floor) of the library. Members of the Missouri Southern faculty and staff, as well as the media are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The speakers will be Frank Pishkur, chair of the Art Department, and Kyle McKenzie, assistant professor of art at MSSU. McKenzie played a central role in the creation of the 60-foot-long mural at 621 Langston Hughes Broadway in Joplin that was officially dedicated last year.

The murals, located in the northwest corner of the third floor and in the northeast stairwell between the third and fourth floors, were completed by Missouri Southern art students, under the direction of McKenzie and Pishkur.

“The art students who worked on the murals should be acknowledged and celebrated, as they developed the murals and spent countless hours working on them,” Pishkur said.

“My coworkers and I are very pleased to have the murals in Spiva Library,” Capeci said. “We are proud of the art students who painted them and marvel at their artistic expression and abilities. We are also thankful for the art department’s collaborative spirit. Frank and Kyle approached the library last summer about pursing this collaboration and the best part of their pitch was MSSU art students would paint the murals with their encouragement and guidance.  The final products are beautiful and will last for years.

“We feel the murals will strengthen the artistic life not only of Missouri Southern but of Joplin and surrounding communities.”

For more information, contact James Capeci at 417-625-9806.