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Live classical music morphs in search of its audience | KBIA

Live classical music morphs in search of its audience | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Do you like live music performances? Classical music connoisseurs know when and where local performances happen. But what about our fellow Mid-Missourians who don’t go to the symphony? What’s keeping them away?

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Maplewood Barn Theatre | Paul Pepper

MARGARET POST and TERESA SECREASE, from Maplewood Barn Theatre's latest production of the same name.

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Come hear a free show tunes performance from Stephens College | Columbia Missourian

Come hear a free show tunes performance from Stephens College | Columbia Missourian | OffStage | Scoop.it
The end-of-season musical production "A Little Show Music" of the Summer Theatre Institute at Stephens College will be 7:30 p.m. June 17 at Macklanburg Playhouse. It's free and open to the public.
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Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox | KBIA

Growing up in ragtime: musician Johnny Maddox | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Famous ragtime pianist Johnny Maddox visited Columbia this week as the guest of honor at the Blind Boone Ragtime Festival.  In the height of his career in the 1950s, Maddox performed with names like Patsy Cline and released the first all-piano record to sell over 1 million copies.    With millions of albums sold and more than 60 years working in the music industry, many ragtime fans would call Maddox a legend.  

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The life and times of John Williams "Blind" Boone | Intersection

The Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Jazz festival is in Columbia this week and runs through Tuesday. An annual affair since 1991, the festival pays tribute to one of the early pioneers of what would eventually become Ragtime music. Audiences may recall John William “Blind” Boone as one of Columbia’s most famous sons, but who was he really?

 

 

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Born in Missouri, live Ragtime returns to Columbia | KBIA

Born in Missouri, live Ragtime returns to Columbia | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

To call Lucille Salerno a ragtime champion is an understatement. Salerno was a New York native with a lifelong love of syncopated music.  In 1999, she started organizing ragtime concerts in Columbia. Norwegian ragtime pianist Morton Gunner Larson returns to Columbia this weekend for the Blind Boone Ragtime and Early Music Festival. Those concerts for devotees of ragtime and early jazz grew into what is now the Blind Boone Ragtime & Early Jazz Festival.

 

 

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Missouri Symphony Society | Paul Pepper

KIRK TREVOR and LILI VIANELLO stop by to talk about Hot Summer Nights, which opens tonight at Stephens Lake Park!

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents modern take on 'Alice in Wonderland' | Missourian

Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents modern take on 'Alice in Wonderland' | Missourian | OffStage | Scoop.it
The Missouri Contemporary Ballet is rolling out out a modern adaptation of the classic "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland," complete with new choreography, live music and student dancers.
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Scene One Theatre introduces play by Sam Shepard for first time | News Tribune

Scene One Theatre introduces play by Sam Shepard for first time | News Tribune | OffStage | Scoop.it
Scene One Theatre is presenting the Sam Shepard play “Fool for Love.”
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Missouri Symphony Society | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper welcomes back SARAH HOWARD, Daniel Boone Regional Library, who wants you to "Dig Into Reading" this summer! And when you're not reading, attend the Missouri Symphony Society's 'Hot Summer Nights' program! CHRIS CAMPBELL joins us with more.

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Drama teacher Joyce Walker devoted her life to students, family | Missourian

Drama teacher Joyce Walker devoted her life to students, family | Missourian | OffStage | Scoop.it
A longtime drama teacher at Hickman High School, Joyce Anne Walker directed plays and coached competitive speech and drama.
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MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup | KBIA

MU grad's new-music composition featured in SLSO lineup | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

For the first time in memorable history, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra chose to play a recent MU graduate’s work during its 2014 season. The symphony’s focus on new music is giving Stephanie Berg the chance to hear her music come to life in Powell Hall. An MU program made this possible.

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Maples Rep Theatre, A Performance From "Chicago" | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper welcomes TODD DAVISON from Maples Rep Theatre in Macon. "Chicago" opens today, and we've got a sneak preview from the actor playing Billy Flynn! Don't miss it! June 19, 2013

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Can classical music make you happier? Sort of. | KBIA

Can classical music make you happier? Sort of. | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it
Does what we put in our heads impact our outlook on life? The media you consume influences how you feel, but how exactly do one’s choices influence mood?
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Mizzou International Composers Festival offering free shuttle service from Kansas City and St. Louis | Mizzou New Music Initiative News

Mizzou International Composers Festival offering free shuttle service from Kansas City and St. Louis | Mizzou New Music Initiative News | OffStage | Scoop.it

Thanks to a grant from the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mizzou International Composers Festival this year will offer FREE transportation to Columbia via MO-X shuttles for a limited number of patrons from the St. Louis and Kansas City areas on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27.

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Phoenix Programs & Capital City Players | Paul Pepper

ROB CROUSE and SARAH CULP are with Capital City Players. Their latest production is "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and opens this Thursday!

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Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia | KBIA

Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

The Blind Boone Ragtime Festival returns to Columbia this Sunday, honoring a local and national legend.  The festival features concerts and seminars from world-class ragtime performers both Monday and Tuesday.  It is named for John William “Blind” Boone, a ragtime musician who lived in Columbia around the turn of the twentieth century and helped pioneer the genre.

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Ed Hanson, Talking Horse Productions | Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper talks with ED HANSON, Artistic Director of Talking Horse Productions, about "Sweet Truth", an original show opening tomorrow, June 6! Ed also has an exciting announcement! June 5, 2013

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet | Paul Pepper

KAREN GRUNDY, Missouri Contemporary Ballet, talks about "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", an original production featuring the music of Tom Andes! Opens this weekend at Jesse Auditorium.

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Dancearts: Paul Pepper

Today Paul Pepper is joined by MARIE ROBERTSON, who is promoting Dancearts' annual "Spring Dance" recital this weekend at Jesse Hall.

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The Mizzou New Music Initiative Aims to Put Missouri on the Music Map | St. Louis Magazine

The Mizzou New Music Initiative Aims to Put Missouri on the Music Map | St. Louis Magazine | OffStage | Scoop.it
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Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience | KBIA

Symphony orchestras struggle to court a younger audience | KBIA | OffStage | Scoop.it

Next month, the Missouri Symphony Society will kickoff its annual Hot Summer Nights music festival. This year’s lineup features over 20 performances, spanning a variety of genres. That list includes traditional classical and opera, as well as more contemporary fare, including tributes to Michael Jackson and Elton John. There’ll also be a number of kid-friendly events, including one that draws upon the connections between pizza and music.

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