The award-winning international conductor, Marlon Daniel, is the world expert on the music of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, has conducted for prestigious orchestras across Europe and the United States, has spent his career promoting diversity within the classical music world and focusing on music by composers of African descent, and is the Director of The Saint-Georges International Music Festival in Guadeloupe and Founder of the Ensemble du Monde orchestra. And this week he joins Diana Moxon for a full hour chat about his career, influences and his connection to Cookie Monster. You can find more information about The Saint-Georges International Music Festival here: https://www.guadeloupe-islands.com/saint-georges-international-music-festival/ and about Marlon on his website at https://www.marlondaniel.com/. Thanks also to guitarist Yasmin Williams, whose song 'Restless Heart' plays the show in and out. Find out more about Yasmin's music at www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com as well as on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4j8CsPzssbM8TCjSvgnmSs
How do arts organizations keep us all engaged when so few of us can gather? Do we want the same things as before? On this week's Speaking of the Arts, arts management consultant, Sara Leonard tells us what the research is saying and what kind of things arts organizations can be doing right now to meet our needs. And the University of Missouri theatre department's Joy Powell (director) and Brett Kristofferson (composer) talk about their new production, 'So Near, So Far' - filmed IRL and viewable virtually at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPJmj4OqBwI. Also thanks to musician Yasmin Williams for giving permission to include her song 'Restless Heart' from her 'Unwind' album for the intro and outro of the show. Find her at http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/
This week Diana Moxon revisits two recent episodes where she talked with black arts creators about their experiences: Fred Onovwerosuoke - aka FredO - the most prolific living African composer of classical music and denizen of St Louis; and actors Enola White and Barret Brooks who have appeared on, and behind the scenes of, many of Columbia's community theatre stages.
Do we go ahead or do we cancel? The question facing all arts organizations as they try to navigate these liminal times. On this week's show Columbia Art League Executive Director, Kelsey Hammond, looks back on her first year running one of Columbia's oldest arts organizations; Talking Horse Productions' Artistic Director, Adam Brietzke, chats about trying to plan in a turmoil and about a new theatrical event that is coming up in a safe space; and a new operatic and musical theatre voice, Anthony Blatter, talks about his career and his hopes for racial equality in the world of the performing arts.
What is it like being a black actor in the Columbia theatre scene? On this week's show actors, Enola White and Barret Brooks, generously chat with me about their experiences. Plus we delve into some summer reading with Skylark Bookshop's Alex George, and I chat to Dr. Joy Powell and writer/composer/actor Murphy Ward about a new musical, 'All the Spaces', penned by Murphy Ward, Kylee Compton and Shawn Campanini, which is being workshopped online before opening at the University of Missouri this September. And here are some links to things discussed on today's show: Dear White American Theatre letter here: https://www.weseeyouwat.com/ ; #PublishingPaidMe https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1Xsx6rKJtafa8f_prlYYD3zRxaXYVDaPXbasvt_iA2vA/edit#gid=1798364047 ; 'All the Spaces' presented by the MU Theatre department here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLxt-06nj2o
It's not every day an award-winning international composer agrees to come and chat on Speaking of the Arts, but that all changes on this week's show when Fred Onovwerosuoke - otherwise known as FredO - chats to me about being an immigrant composer and why a George Orwell passage became a chant in his Triptych of American Voices: A Cantata of the People. Also actor Richard Harris joins me to talk about the COMO Griot Society, the legacy of August Wilson's 1996 manifesto 'The Ground on Which I Stand', and about his famous Granny - Opal Lee. Plus a new man in the neighborhood, Mr Mosy aka the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director, Trent Rash, drops in to talk comfy sweaters, bowties and musical feelings. Links to FredO's music can be found here: http://fredomusic.com/wrksmpls Find out more about the COMO Griot Society here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/269408244031474/ And you can find Mr Mosy here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5UOZpHzVIA
We hover, somewhat precariously, between being back in the real world, and staying safe at home. And the arts are in that same in between space. On this week's Speaking of the Arts we check out some actual IRL arts events and some that we can enjoy from home. Greenhouse Theatre Project's Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri and Claire Syler talk about their virtual production of the Lauren Gunderson play 'Natural Shocks', Maplewood Barn theatre's Morgan Dennehy and Christopher Gould chat about their IRL production of Shakespeare's Love's Labor's Lost, Skylark Bookshop's Alex George recommends three books for Father's Day gifts, Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks talks about how it feels to be back in the real world, and artist Elise Rugolo talks about a real life exhibit that opens at the Boone History and Culture Center's Montminy Gallery this weekend.
There is arts chat and subliminal music on this week's Speaking of the Arts, starting with a new song by Yasmin Williams - as yet untitled, she's looking for suggestions - from her next as-yet unrecorded album. Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks talks about reopening Ragtag; French horn player Amanda Collins talks about a new recording of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' recorded by a group of black orchestral musicians and about the dearth of black musicians in orchestras; Skylark Bookshop's Alex George reviews some required reading books; and Hannah Reeves gives us a whistle stop tour of the Sager Braudis June exhibit. Visit the Speaking of the Arts Facebook page to find links to the music and venues https://www.facebook.com/speakingofthearts/
This week Diana talks to Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks about the importance of lifting up black voices in film; Columbia Art League's Kelsey Hammond turns the tables and asks Diana about her 11 years of running Art in the Park; Monica Palmer chats about the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's upcoming Hot Summer Nights Greatest Hits Season; AND author Jill Orr talks about the latest - and possibly last - novel in her Riley Ellison mystery series, The Full Scoop.
On this week's trip around the arts, host Diana Moxon finds out from director Barbie Banks what Ragtag Cinema is doing to get ready for its reopening next week; Tryps' director Jill Womack talks about the silver lining of reinventing their summer camp program into the virtual realm; the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Monica Palmer introduces Diana to contemporary female composer Nkeiru Okoye; Skylark's Alex George chats about the world of independent bookstores, and a new biography of George Washington; and Stephens College's Jennifer Hemphill and husband John Hemphill, both former Broadway actors, talk about the shuttering of the world's most famous theatre district.
This week as we tour the Columbia arts scene Diana drops into Skylark bookshop to talk food porn aka cookbooks with Alex George, chats with singer songwriter Audra Sergel about 'Sing!' -a cabaret night to benefit Talking Horse Productions, finds out more about the 19th female composer Clara Schumann from the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Monica Palmer, discusses Oscars postponement and a new film about Swedish abstract artist Hilma af Klint with Ragtag's Barbie Banks, before finally calling in to Talking Horse theatre to play the New Choice! improv game with Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson. And, amazingly, it all happens in just 58 minutes.
On this week's episode of Speaking of the Arts Diana gets to improvise her Jakarta nightclub days with Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson from Talking Horse Production and The Stable Boys, and she falls in love with the music of 17th century Venetian composer, Barbara Strozzi thanks to Monica Palmer of the Missouri Symphony Orchestra. Plus, Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks introduces a new French film that looks at being a female escort through a different lens ,'Alice'; Catherine Armbrust talks about 'Chimera' a virtual art show by the next generation of young artists (https://armbrustc.wixsite.com/chimera2020), and Alex George talks about two new books that offer a literary escape - 'Circe' by Madeline Miller and 'In Five Years' by Rebecca Searle.
As we all navigate our way to the new normal, the arts quietly carries on feeding our souls. Nobody ever felt worse after reading a good book, or listening to Mozart, or standing before an artwork that spoke to them. On this week's Speaking of the Arts Diana Moxon checks in with Ragtag Cinema, the Columbia Art League, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, Skylark Bookshop and Talking Horse Productions and finds out along the way about how difficult it is to tell Mick Jagger apart from Mozart, what Talking Horse Productions' Adam Brietzke thinks about murder hornets, upcoming drive-in movies, a new memoir for dog lovers, and the range of famous artists whose influences are on display in the Columbia Art League's Visual Mixtape online exhibit.
It's an exciting week in the Columbia literary world, with the latest novel by Skylark Bookshop owner, Alex George, getting its official launch, and so this week Alex chats to Diana about 'The Paris Hours', about weaving real people into fictional tales, and explains how the ending got its clever twist. Plus Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks talks about the work of directors Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan, and looks at the new documentary 'Capital in the 21st Century'. At Sager Braudis Gallery Hannah Reeves discusses the new May exhibit, and for the last stop on the arts tour Talking Horse Producion's Adam Brietzke and The Stable Boys' Kathleen Johnson teach Diana a short form game called 'Questions Only' and it's clear Diana needs some practice.
This week, with the help of sound effects, Diana cycles around Columbia visiting arts organizations to find out what we can all enjoy from the comfort of our sofas. In the world of Ragtag film, this week they open an Irish paranormal comedy, 'Extra Ordinary' and a documentary 'Pahokee' plus there's another chance to see this year's CoMo shorts and the 1991 movie 'Hook'. Skylark's Alex George talks about this week's Housebound Unbound book events; the Columbia Art League's Kelsey Hammonds talks about their new show, which opens on April 27th, called 'Visual Mixtape' and discusses the artistic influences on her own body of work; at Talking Horse theatre, Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson, demonstrate another improv game; and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Monica Palmer meets Diana at the Missouri Theatre for a chat about the composer Rachmaninov.
The opportunities to enjoy the arts from the comforts of home continues. First up on this week's show, Skylark Bookshop's Alex George reviews two new novels, 'Golden State' by Ben Winters about a dystopian future where telling a lie puts you in jail, and a new comically toe-curling essay collection by Samantha Irby called 'Wow, No Thank You' plus Alex gives a little insight into how artwork is chosen for a book cover; Columbia Art League's Kelsey Hammond looks at their new online photography show by Dan Farnum called 'Young Blood' (https://columbiaartleague.org/virtual-gallery-shows); Talking Horse Productions' Adam Brietzke and The Stable Boys' Kathleen Johnson give Diana another improv lesson that involves a poop joke; Ragtag's Barbie Banks tells us how we can binge watch a Columbia-made soap opera, 'Nettle Pointe' by Sasha Goodnow; and finally the Missouri Symphony's Trent Rash takes us a tour of George Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue'.
Listen to this week's Speaking of the Arts to hear from Ragtag's Barbie Banks about a new documentary looking at gerrymandering called Slay the Dragon and a Romanian heist thriller, The Whistlers, the inspiration for which comes from a real life whistling language used on La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands; Skylark Bookshop's Alex George chats about two books that look at different aspects of the second world war - Erik Larson's new book about the London Blitz. The Splendid and the Vile, and Jennifer Rosner's novel about enforced isolation 'The Yellow Bird Sings'; Bingham gallery director Catherine Armbrust and artist Dianna Temple talk about Dianna's digital art show 'Wheelchair tornadoes and Other Things Our Eyes Cannot See'; Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson give Diana Moxon another improv lesson; and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Monica Palmer gives us the down and dirty on Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. And it's all neatly packed into 1 hour.
We are all in the same boat right now. Separated by oceans, borders, and now sequestration, we are all in this new normal together. We can't travel physically but we can travel in our imagination. So come fly with me, Diana Moxon, for one hour as we digitally fly around the world and listen to audio postcards from London (Audrey Gillan), Stockholm (Katarina Zetterberg), Sydney (Corey Zerna), Auckland (Glenn White), Shanghai (Richard Choke), Bangkok (Chris Stafford), and Geneva (Ine Bjolseth). Plus we have music from each destination. Thanks to Spankin Rufus for providing the theme music, and the fabulous Loose Loose (www.looseloose.org), who allowed me to shamelessly sample music from their albums Candor and Sanguine. You can hear all their tracks in full on Spotify and via their website.
On this week's Speaking of the Arts Diana finds out about this week's Extra Credit movie available at RagtagCinema.org from Barbie Banks; Trent Rash from the Missouri Symphony Orchestra reveals which naughty 18th century composer cut the pigtail off a chorister; Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson from Talking Horse Productions teach Diana the first building blocks of impro; Hannah Reeves takes us behind the scenes of the new Contemporary Cuban Art exhibit at the Sager Braudis Gallery; AND Alex George tells us what new book is flying off the shelves this week at Skylark Bookshop. And we manage to fit it all into just one hour.
As we're all practicing social distancing and going to an arts event is off the menu, this week we track what's available to us at a distance and check in with some of Columbia's arts makers and distributors. Ragtag Cinema's Barbie Banks tells us what movies are streaming through their website; Skylark Bookshop's Alex George talks about the new Emily St John Mandel book 'The Glass Hotel' and Hillary Mantel's 'The Mirror and the Light'; the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Monica Palmer gives us new insights into Ravel's Bolero; we get an improv lesson from Talking Horse theatre's Adam Brietzke and Kathleen Johnson; and Hannah Reeves gives us a sneak peek at two of the artworks in their new Contemporary Cuban exhibit.
These are strange and unprecedented times for all of us. With all arts and culture events canceled, all venues shuttered and no end in sight, this week Diana chats to Michael Donovan, the Executive Director of the Missouri Arts Council (MAC) about what resources are available for artists and arts organizations, and what conversations MAC is having with funders and organizations around the state. In Act Two, Monica Palmer, the Development Director for the Missouri Symphony Orchestra talks about why the arts are so important to the public good and some of the ideas that she is working on to keep us all engaged during our quarantine time. And in Act Three, the Columbia Art League's (CAL) Executive Director, Kelsey Hammond, discusses what online events CAL is planning and how she's trying to navigate organizing Art in the Park whilst uncertainty abounds.
France in the late 1700's was a bad time and place to be an ex-Queen, a political activist, a civil rights fighter, or even a playwright, but America's most produced playwright, Lauren Gunderson, takes us back to that era with her play 'The Revolutionists'. The comedy about the meeting of Marie Antoinette, assassin Charlotte Corday, playwright Olympe de Gouge and the fictional freedom fighter, Marianne Angelle, was to have been performed at Stephens College this weekend, but an abundance of COVID19 caution has put the show on hold. But the play's director, Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri, and two of the actors, Fiona Bleu and Julia Vuolo dropped in to chat about their production anyway. In Act Two of this week's show, America's best-selling and favorite tupperware lady, Dixie Longate, graced the studio with her southern Alabama charm and chatted about her 20-years in the tupperware show business, her admiration for party-plan genius Brownie Wise, and her Dixie's Tupperware Party that plays March 12-14 at Capital City Productions in Jefferson City.
Every year for 4 days the True/False film fest transforms Columbia, Missouri into the epicenter of documentary film excellence. This week's Speaking of the Arts show is dedicated to the fest. In Act One, Diana talks to director David France ('How to Survive a Plague') about his new documentary, 'Welcome to Chechnya' (https://www.welcometochechnya.com/) - a searing exploration of the purges being committed by the Chechen government against its LGBTQ community and the work being done by the LGBTQ network in Moscow to rescue people whose lives are at risk. As well as chatting to David, one of the subjects of the documentary, Max Lapunov and cinematographer/translator, Igor Myakotin, talk about Max's experience as a victim of torture by the Chechen police. In Act Two, musician Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/), talks about her music, and how her custom-made Skytop guitar is a result of molluscs and fungi. Plus she plays her music live in the studio.
2020 is the 100th anniversary of something that American women take for granted - the right to vote. But the history of women's fight for equal voting rights was long, and a new play by University of Missouri Professor, Cheryl Black, delves into the history in a series of vignettes that highlight the theatricality, the pageantry, the personalities and the nay-sayers who are scattered along this path to enfranchisement. In the Second Act Diana chats to author Phong Nguyen, author of a new lipogramatic novel called 'Roundabout', which the book cover describes as a ‘slapstick meta-romp through art, literature, metaphysics and modern America – all written without a single letter e’. Why would anyone want to write a whole novel without the letter e? Find out on this week's show.
Morality plays and Robin Hood first appeared in the middle ages - and Diana explores both on this week's Speaking of the Arts. In Act One Director Brooke Grno and actor, Paige Hudson, talk about their production of the morality play 'Everyman', one of the oldest works in the English dramatic canon, in which Everyman is summoned to God for his final reckoning but must first cast off his earthly attachments to his many allegorical friends. In Act Two, we stay in England to hang out with Robin Hood, Friar Tuck and Sir Guy aka actors Jon-Michael Rutter, Dave Bond and Mike Azar, whose production of Ken Ludwig's 'Robin Hood' is at The Little Theatre of Jefferson City, and Diana tests them on their English accents.
The Negro Motorist Green Book was last published in 1966, but in the last 5 years the book has inspired a movie, a documentary and a funny, poignant, time-traveling play by Kansas City playwright, Michelle Tyrene Johnson. 'The Green Book Wine Club Train Trip' opens this week at Talking Horse Productions, and actor Carla Tigue and THP's Artistic Director, Adam Brietzke, drop by to talk about this first production in Talking Horse's 'Year of the Woman' season. In Act Two, True False film programmer Jeanelle Augustin, Music Director Martin Kamu, and Art Installation Director Duncan Bindbeutel give their predictions for the must-see films/musicians and artworks at the upcoming documentary film fest (March 5-8).
February brings with it a raft of openings. The sugar-sweet, pinkalicious musical comedy 'Legally Blonde' opens at Columbia Entertainment Company on February 13th, and this week Diana chats to its Director and Choreographer, Marvin Byas IV. In the Second Act of the show, Dr. Julia Gaines, Director of the University of Missouri's School of Music, waxes lyrical about their brand new Sinquefield Music Center and how one man's response to 9/11 led to the school's new $24 million facility. Plus Diana ends the show with her usual round-up of arts events coming up in mid-Missouri over the next 7 days.
Each February the University of Missouri holds its annual Visual Arts and Design Showcase (VADS) to celebrate the creative expression of undergraduates working across a range of artistic disciplines - photography, theatre set design, floral art, textile and apparel design, painting, sculpture, digital storytelling, architectural studies and more. As part of the two-week event the university flies in a keynote speaker who is a leader in their field and a visionary thinker in the arts. On this week's show Diana chats by Skype with the #MIZVAD20 keynote speaker, Dr. Craig Wilkins, architect, educator, and author who has spent two decades exploring how hip hop culture can be incorporated into architectural thinking. In the Second Act of the show Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Digital Storytelling, Christian Rozier, stops by the studio along with three of this years VADS showcase students, Jessica Tifase, Tyree Taylor, and Alex Sapaugh to talk about the event and the works that will be on display over the next two weeks.
There are not many people in the world who not only speak 6 languages fluently, but also can converse flawlessly in over 50 dialects, and can teach, say a Bosnian to pronounce words correctly in Yiddish, or an Indian to sound convincingly Arabic, but the one person who is capable of such linguistic feats is Paula Carter Cavanaugh Vanlandingham. Paula is a dialect coach to actors the world over, and returns to Speaking of the Arts this week to talk about recent projects and teaching a Latina actor to speak such great Scottish that even Peter Capaldi thought she was a Scot. And in the Second Act of the show Diana catches up with Capital City Productions founder, Rob Crouse, to find out what happened when their theatre home of 12 years was suddenly taken away from them - and the happy new beginning that is their next home.
Arts entrepreneurship links both Acts of this week's Speaking of the Arts. How do you turn your art into an income? Diana's First Act guests this week are all film-makers and are involved with the upcoming COMO Shorts Film Showcase: Matt Schacht, who is one of the showcase's founders, and film-makers Chase Thompson and Elizabeth Germann whose work will be featured. In the Second Act author/chef/arts entrepreneur, Nina Mukerjee Furstenau, drops in to talk about her book 'Biting Through the Skin: An Indian Kitchen in America's Heartland', her next book provisionally titled 'Green Chilis and Other Imposters' and helping Bengali artisan women weavers find a global audience through her new project artaweavers.com.
This year is the 20th anniversary for TRYPS Children's Theatre and on the first new Speaking of the Arts show of 2020, TRYPS founder and artistic director, Jill Womack, chats to Diana Moxon about working with Charles Nelson Reilly, teaching empathy through theatre and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. And in the Second Act of the show, Maples Repertory Theatre artistic director, Todd Davison, stops in to chat about their 2020 season and how he got his start in theatre by having his own puppet company - as a 4th grader.
Speaking of the Arts meets Open Mike Radio on this 2-hour year end review of music and the arts with Diana Moxon and Mike Hagen. Faced with the impossible task of choosing just a handful of interview clips and live Open Mike Radio music recordings from the past year, this is but a tiny collection of their faves. From Speaking of the Arts we revisit Diana's interviews with actor/singer Symonne Sparks, Greenhouse Theatre Project's Elizabeth Braaten-Palmieri and Jenny Hipscher, the Eurovision Song Contest, authors Crystal Wilkinson & Joanna Luloff, and MU Theatre costume designer, Marc Vital. And from Mike's in-studio concerts he chooses Justin Hickerson, Violence of the Violets, the Sweaters, Austin Jones and the Bootheel Boys, Bartholomew Bean, the January Lanterns, Blake Gardner and the Farmers and Dave Dearnley.