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Behind the scenes at the Mizzou International Composer's Festival

Each summer since 2010, the Mizzou New Music Initiative has held its Mizzou International Composer's Festival, selecting a handful of up-and-coming composers to study with the festival's guest composers (this year Chen Yi and David T. Little), give and take workshops, and produce an original composition to be played by the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Alarm Will Sound. On this week's show Diana Moxon chats with the festival's Managing Director, Jacob Gotlib, and to three of the selected resident composers - Nina Shekhar (https://ninashekhar.com/), Shuying Li (https://www.shuyingli.com/) and Celka Ojakangas (https://www.celka.net/). Opening and closing music credits thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

A jeweler, a firework residue artist, a bluegrass Americana singer songwriter, and a mixed media artist: the Missouri Arts Council featured July artists

Each month the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres, and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the July four: St Louis-based jeweler, Allison Norfleet Bruenger, whose pendant designs are only ever made once; firework residue artist, Kyle Selley, who uses fireworks and smoke bombs to create celestially reminiscent art in Kansas City; Bluegrass Americana singer songwriter Ray Cardwell who started his career as a 6-year old on the stage in Branson and now lives in Jefferson City; And Columbia's mixed media artist Lisa Bartlett, whose works tell the stories of people of strength. You can see - and hear - the works of this week's artists on their websites: https://alnbcollections.com/; https://www.kyleselley.com/; https://raycardwell.com/; https://lisabartlettart.com/. Thanks, as always, to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

A Missouri summer mix: book ideas, an art exhibit, and the crossroads of symphonic music and hip hop dance

Things to do while sipping fruity cocktails. This week show host, Diana Moxon, chats summer reading tips with Skylark Bookshop owner, Alex George; visits Sager Braudis Gallery's Small Works Exhibit with its curator, Hannah Reeves; and gets the origin story behind the FLY Dance Company's blend of hip hop dance and classical music before their Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Hot Summer Nights finale performance this weekend. Opening and closing music credits thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com).

From mediaeval Europe to Missouri: some Shakespeare, some Vanitas art, and a soaring soprano

Although each of the arts in this week’s chats can trace their roots to European arts of bygone times, each of those roots has blooms that stretch into modern America. We have a medieval English king immortalized by Shakespeare transported to the Ozarks, a Dutch reformation art genre given a 2020 twist in Columbia, and an opera singer who is versed in 18th and 19th century European composers but who is in Columbia to pay homage to an overlooked 20th century American composer. Show host, Diana Moxon, chats with Dana Bocke and Mark Baumgartner from Maplewood Barn theatre, artist Bethanie Irons (artwork pictured), and soprano, Carline Waugh. Opening and closing music credits with thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

Madagascar The Musical, Intertwined art exhibit, the Blind Boone mural, and a COMO bicentennial concert

How do you do it? is the question that runs through this week's Speaking of the Arts. How do you perform an outdoor musical in the Missouri summer heat for a production where traditionally the actors are all wearing big furry animal costumes? How do you put together an art exhibit in just one gallery that represents 200 years of history? How do you wrap 2-sides of a 2-storey building in a mural that celebrates an icon? How do you play composer Fred Onovwerosuoke's Sonata No3 for two pianos? It's all answered in just one hour when host Diana Moxon chats with the University of Missouri Theatre Department's Joy Powell, curator Audrey Florey from the Boone History and Culture Center's Montminy Gallery, artist David Spear, Odyssey Chamber Music Series Director and pianist, Ayako Tsuruta, and Ghanaian-Nigerian-American contemporary composer, Fred Onovwerosuoke. Opening and closing music credits with thanks to Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com) (Pic courtesy of Mat Powers Matlock of David Spear original mural artwork)

A choreographer, a photographer, a glass artist and a classical guitarist: A check in with the Missouri Arts Council's June artists

Each month the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres, and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the June four: Springfield-based dancer, choreographer and educator, Azaria Rianne Hogans, who explores gender and racial equality through dance; wildlife photographer, Greg Holden, in Eureka; Pleasant Hills-located fused glass artist, Barb Byrnes, whose specialty is memorial glass; And professional classical guitarist, Patrick Rafferty, in Affton. You can see - and hear - the works of this week's artists on their websites: https://www.azariariannehogans.com/; https://www.gjholden.com/; https://barbbyrneglass.com/; http://www.patrickraffertyguitar.com/. Thanks, as always, to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

Film, orchestral music, moving a theatre home, and a one-woman play

This week's Speaking of the Arts is an eclectic mix of film, classical music, and theatre. Host Diana Moxon gets a review of the recent True/False film fest from its Director of Marketing, Stacie Pottinger, plus a look ahead to a couple of outdoor summer Ragboat screenings; the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director, Trent Rash, talks about the upcoming Hot Summer Nights program; Jill Womack gives an update on TRYPS kids theatre's move to their new old home at Columbia Mall; and actor Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri and director David Wilson talk about working together on Greenhouse Theatre Project's production of the George Brant one-woman play 'Grounded'. Thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams for the opening and closing music credits (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

Lap-tapping guitarist Yasmin Williams and her new album 'Urban Driftwood' (repeat show)

Having mastered Guitar Hero as a young teen, Yasmin Williams picked up a guitar, sat it horizontally across her lap, and developed her style of lap-tapping guitar. This week her second album 'Urban Driftwood' is released on which she not only proves herself a master of the technique, but also her compositional maturity and her ability to seamlessly blend multiple musical heritages. On this week's show Diana Moxon spends the whole hour with Yasmin, talking about the influences in 'Urban Driftwood', her adventures with the kora, and the making of her first music video.

Monica Palmer sits in for Diana Moxon and talks theatre with CEC and Maplewood Barn

Speaking of the Arts founder, Monica Palmer, is back for this week's show and talks about her favorite subject: Theatre! with three leading lights from the Columbia theatre scene. In Act I Enola White, Executive Director of Columbia Entertainment Company talks about their upcoming show, 'Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical' (opens June 24th), and getting back into the theatre after so long away. In Act II, Monica chats with director, Christopher Gould, and actor, Morgan Dennehy, about their next show 'Fifth July' by Lanford Wilson, opening June 3rd at Maplewood Barn theatre.

Two painters, a poet and a concert pianist: Checking in with the Missouri Arts Council's May artists

Each month the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres, and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the May four: Warrensburg-based painter Gary Cadwallader and his extrovert paintings; Contemporary impressionist Regina Willard in West Plains; Byron von Rosenberg - poet, illustrator, storyteller and the poet laureate of Byrnes Mills; And award winning, international concert pianist, Hyejin Cho, a player and proponent of the music of Robert Schumann and collaborative pianist at Truman State University. You can see - and hear - the works of this week's artists on their websites: https://www.garypaints.com/; https://www.reginawillard.com/; https://idontwanttokissallama.com/; https://www.hyejinchopianist.com/. Thanks, as always, to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

Documentary film makers, Peter Nicks on 'Homeroom', and Aurora Brachman on 'Club Quarantine'

In a time of endless cancelations, the True/False Film Fest pulled off the near impossible this week and moved their entire festival outdoors. And although only a few documentary directors were able to make the journey, two of those who were in town for the Fest stopped in to chat with Speaking of the Arts host, Diana Moxon. Peter Nicks returned to the Fest with the third in his Oakland trilogy, 'Homeroom', (the previous two also played at earlier Fests: The Waiting Room 2012, The Force 2017) and talked about the trilogy's exploration of the relationship between the education, criminal justice and health care systems in America. For director Aurora Brachman, True/False is the first festival she's been able to attend in person since starting her film career. Her short 'Club Quarantine' looks at the phenomenon of the nightly virtual queer dance party 'Club Quarantine', which launched as lockdown started last year. Plus there's music from Yasmin Williams' album 'Urban Driftwood'.

A documentary, a theatre production, an art show, and a monologue contest

This week Diana Moxon chats with William Horner and Stacey Woelfel, the directors of a new documentary, "Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way", produced by a group of up and coming University of Missouri film makers; Drops in on Jefferson City's Capital City Productions where the musical 'tick, tick...boom!' opens in mid-May, and talks to its director Mike Azar and lead Gordon Knatcal about the composer's links with Stephen Sondheim; Visits the Boone History and Culture Center's Montminy Gallery to find out about the Earth Water Fire art exhibit with artists Kate Gray, Jo Stealey and Don Asbee; And finally stops by Talking Horse Productions' where its Original Monologue Contest is back for a Second Season and Artistic Director, Adam Brietzke spills some beans. Opening and closing musical credits with thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com). And for anyone who would like to register to attend the test screening of "Keep the Cameras Rolling: The Pedro Zamora Way" on Monday May 3rd at the Missouri Theatre, here is the registration link: https://missouri.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Tjrse7mXEdtKjc

A one-person show, an art exhibit, a virtual fest and a keynote literary event all walked into a bar...

This week's show is a potpourri of arts events both IRL and virtual. Playwright and performer Andrew Black opens his new one-person, one-act show called 'What Same Sex Marriage Means to Me' and talks to host Diana Moxon about which of the 7 archetypal story plots he sees it as; Beth Pike from the State Historical Society of Missouri talks about some of Missouri's bicentennial events including the Missouri Art Now traveling art exhibit; Jabberwocky Studios' Linda Schust talks about this weekend's Africa Fest and how being virtual opened up some opportunities for them; and as the 2021 Unbound Book Festival comes to a close, festival director Alex George chats about its culminating keynote event with Pulitzer prize-winning poets, Tracy K Smith and Jericho Brown. Opening and closing musical credits thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com).

From jazz tuba to sculptural photography: Checking in with the Missouri Arts Council's featured April artists

Each month the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres, and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the April four: photographer Jen Everett from St Louis, who uses photography and sculpture to document nuances of Blackness in America; artist Grant Kniffen from Dardenne Prairie, who explores the stories of the Midwest and West; multi-media artist Laura Bigger, Assistant Professor of Art at Truman Stat University, who uses her art to explore the relationships that exist among humans, animals, and ecosystems; and Springfield-based tuba player Ralph Hepola, who released his first tuba album - concisely titled 'Tuba' - last year. You can read more about the artists at https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/featured-artists/ as well as on their own websites: https://jeneverettart.com/home.html; https://kniffenart.com/; https://www.laurabigger.com/; https://ralphhepola.com/. Thanks, as always, to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

On the stage: Opera Theatre St Louis summer season; magical realism at MU; and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra documentary

The past year has exacted a huge amount of resilience, determination, patience and forebearance from our arts leaders all the while expecting them to stay optimistic and creative for the rest of us. And that is what each of Diana Moxon's guests this week have managed to do as their 2020 plans were dashed and they had to reinvent their productions for 2021. Diana chats to Andrew Jorgensen, the Director General of Opera Theatre of St Louis about their outdoor summer festival season; University of Missouri theatre director, Xiomara Cornejo talks about her production of the José Rivera play 'Marisol'; and the Missouri Symphony Orchestra's Executive Director, Trent Rash, reveals a little about a new documentary about the orchestra called 'Another World'.

A peek behind the curtain with an arts consultant, an arts funder, and an artistic director

As the arts world starts to peek over the parapet, this week show host Diana Moxon goes behind the curtain to chat with arts consultant, Sara Leonard to hear what she's talking to arts organizations about; Columbia's Office of Cultural Affairs Manager, Sarah Dresser to find out how local arts organizations are navigating funding plans for the next 12-18 months; and Quin Gresham, the Producing Artistic Director for the Lyceum Theatre in Arrow Rock for an update on their 2021 season plans. Opening and closing music courtesy of guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

Progress in the Arts awards revisited

Repeat show: This week Speaking of the Arts host, Diana Moxon, revisits the Missourian newspaper's Progress in the Arts award and chats with the 2020 winner, Brandon Hall of the Columbia Jazz Orchestra, along with three of the nominees: musician Violet Vonder Haar; vocal coach and Columbia College Assistant Professor Nollie Moore; and Ragtag Film Society Operations Director, Carly Love. This show first aired on November 27, 2020. Opening and closing musical with thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

A potpourri tour of the Arts from Carol Burnett sketches to Tiny Things and a drive-in arts showcase

As Spring arrives so too do the arts events multiply and this week host Diana Moxon visits with five local people and places to chat about upcoming events: Director Chris Bowling discusses Columbia Entertainment Company's Carol Burnett Show: A Collection of Sketches; Orr Street Studio's Director, Mallory Donohue, chats about reopening the studios for First Friday; The Unbound Book Festival's Executive Director, Alex George, reviews some of the festival's upcoming events; Dr. Joy Powell lifts the lid on the University of Missouri's Chancellor's Arts Showcase; and Columbia Art League Executive Director, Kelsey Hammond, explains why their 'Tiny Things' exhibit makes you go 'awww!' Opening and closing music thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

True False's Hindsight Film Fest, the Visual Arts & Design Showcase at Mizzou, and Greenhouse Theatre Project's variety night

We are finally coming full circle on this new world order year, and on this week's show host Diana Moxon checks in with two events, which were some of the last IRL events of 2020: the True False Film Fest and the University of Missouri's annual Undergraduate Visual Arts and Design Showcase. Ragtag Programmer, Ted Rogers, talks through True/False's mini at-home fest, Hindsight - 8 films from the True False archives spread out over 8 weeks; University of Missouri Assistant Professor of Theatre Costume Design, Marc Vital chats about the Showcase along with two of its exhibitors, photographer Kylee Isom, and videographer, Maddy Gomez; and Greenhouse Theatre Project's Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri spills a bean or two about their mysterious GreenLight Special variety night. Opening and closing music thanks to Yasmin Williams www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com.

From stainless steel labradors to an epic tale in 1-minute episodes: Checking in with the Missouri Arts Council's featured March artists

Each month the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres, and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the March four: writer, storyteller and Classical Indian Dancer, Nartana Premachandra from St Louis; stainless steel sculptor Doug Cox from Republic (Springfield); realist with a hint of the surreal painter Natalie Wiseman from Joplin; and abstract geometric painter and ceramicist Kevin Umaña in Kansas City. You can read more about the artists at https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/featured-artists/ as well as on their own websites: https://www.nartanapremachandra.com/; https://jdcoxrocksmetalart.com/; https://www.nataliewisemanartist.com/; https://kevin-umana.com/. Thanks, as always, to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

Conductor Marlon Daniel and Chevalier de St Georges

Last July, Diana Moxon chatted with conductor Marlon Daniel about his introduction to music, his career, the difficulties facing black musicians and conductors in the classical music world, and the music of Joseph Boulogne Chevalier de St Georges. As Black History Month draws to a close, Diana revisits her chat with Maestro Marlon Daniel.

Juneteenth activist Miss Opal Lee, her grandson, actor Richard Harris and a new production of 'Satchmo at the Waldorf'

Miss Opal Lee of Fort Worth Texas has been promoting June 19th as a day of unity and freedom for over 40 years and last year delivered a petition of 1.5 million signatures to congress to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday. On this week's show Miss Opal shares with Diana Moxon her history with the Juneteenth celebration and her lifelong commitment to education. In Act II of the show her grandson, Columbia-based actor and musician Richard Harris, talks about playing Louis Armstrong, his manager Joe Glaser and Miles Davis in the one-man play 'Satchmo at the Waldorf' about the life of Louis Armstrong, opening to limited audiences next weekend at Columbia Entertainment Company. To sign Miss Opal's petition to recognize Juneteenth as a federal holiday go to www.therealopallee.com before the end of February. Opening and closing musical credits with thanks to Yasmin Williams www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com

From Alaskan landscapes to soul treatments of Johnny Cash: Checking in with the Missouri Arts Council's featured February artists

Each month (since December 2020) the Missouri Arts Council features four artists on its website from a variety of arts genres and on this week's show Diana Moxon checks in with the February four: visual artist Lindsey Dunnegan; author/poet FC Schultz; glass artist Wanda Tyner; and soul musician/vocalist Brian Owens. You can read more about the artists at https://www.missouriartscouncil.org/featured-artists/. Thanks as always to guitarist Yasmin Williams (http://www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com/) for the show's opening and closing music, 'Restless Heart'.

The Arts in the time of Vaccines: Ragtag Cinema, Columbia Art League, Cabaret for a Cause

Theatre, cabaret, cinema, art exhibits - they are all going on whether we are there in person or watching from afar. On this week's show host Diana Moxon chats Academy Awards and the world of Ragtag Cinema with its Co-Executive Director, Barbie Banks; explores local artists' interpretation of Dante's Divine Comedy with the Columbia Art League's Kelsey Hammond; and goes behind the scenes with Audra Sergel, Rochara Knight and Enola White to find out more about this weekend's Cabaret for a Cause: Lovers, Losers and Loners.

Lap-tapping guitarist Yasmin Williams and her new album 'Urban Driftwood'

Having mastered Guitar Hero as a young teen, Yasmin Williams picked up a guitar, sat it horizontally across her lap, and developed her style of lap-tapping guitar. This week her second album 'Urban Driftwood' is released on which she not only proves herself a master of the technique, but also her compositional maturity and her ability to seamlessly blend multiple musical heritages. On this week's show Diana Moxon spends the whole hour with Yasmin, talking about the influences in 'Urban Driftwood', her adventures with the kora, and the making of her first music video.

The Arts at a New Dawn: Unbound Book Festival, Gateway Plaza, Greenhouse Theatre Project

It is a time for reimagining, and the arts are in the reimagining vanguard. On this week's show, host Diana Moxon, talks to Unbound Book Festival Executive Director, Alex George, about turning their one-weekend festival into a 3-month digital literary extravaganza; The District's Executive Director, Nickie Davis, and sculptor, Emmett Russell, chat about Columbia's new Gateway Plaza; and Greenhouse Theatre Project founder, director and actor, Elizabeth Braaten Palmieri brings along director Tia James and playwright, Julia Valen, to talk about their upcoming production, 'Nothing Can Stop What is Coming'. Opening and closing music with thanks to Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

The Art of... Managing a community radio station

On this week's Speaking of the Arts, host Diana Moxon stays close to home with two conversations with the station's new General Manager, Miquel Calçada, and its former General Manager -and person who wrangled KOPN through a pandemic - musician, composer and sound designer, Tim Pilcher. Why is Miquel known as Miki Moto in his home country of Catalonia? And exactly why is a formerly Barcelona-based TV host and radio entrepreneur now living in Columbia, MO? And why is community radio such a precious jewel on our radio dial? All the answers on this week's show. Opening and closing musical credits with thanks to Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com).

The Hindsight is 2020 show with guest Monica Senecal Palmer

In a week when the world descended to a new level of crazy, actor and ardent arts supporter, Monica Senecal Palmer, joins host Diana Moxon for an hour of arts escapism to talk about some of her art journeys in 2020 and share thoughts on the state of the arts in general, plus there's music from two Columbia-based singer songwriters, Audra Sergel and Meredith Musgrove Shaw, and Diana tests Monica's knowledge of Shakespeare, Dumbledore and Yoda quotes, and gives her a Hindsight is 2020 quiz looking back over the past year of arts events in Columbia. Opening and closing musical credits thanks to guitarist Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliams.music.com)

The Arts in Review - A look back on Speaking of the Arts in 2020

Despite lockdowns, ghost lights, reductions and limitations, Speaking of the Arts has gone out every week this year thanks to the extraordinary group of arts leaders we have in Columbia Missouri. And one of the silver linings of this recording-from-home year has been the opportunity to reach out to people that are doing amazing work in other parts of the country - or world. On this week's show, host Diana Moxon, delves into the archives from the past 12 months and revisits some of the chats with people from beyond the local community: guitarist Yasmin Williams; film-maker David France and his documentary subject, Maxim, who came to town for the True/False film fest with their doc 'Welcome to Chechnya'; Tupperware lady supreme, Dixie Longate; French horn player Amanda Collins; Nigerian-Ghanaian-American composer, FredO; conductor Marlon Daniel; and American-living-in-Berlin comedian, Corey Ott. Opening and closing music with thanks to Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

The Arts at Christmas with Audra Sergel, Joy Powell & Symonne Sparks

This year so many artists, directors, and arts leaders have performed amazing feats to keep on delivering the arts to us, but what has kept those artists going? On this week's Speaking of the Arts, Diana Moxon, talks to three local performing artists about their year and where they found comfort: Singer songwriter Audra Sergel; theatre director Joy Powell; and soprano-alto-tenor multi-genre singer Symonne Sparks. Opening and closing music thanks to Yasmin Williams (www.yasminwilliamsmusic.com)

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