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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tulsa pianist brings varied background to OFO concert Feb. 20 in Monett By MURRAY BISHOFF Donald Ryan, the adjunct professor of music at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., will perform at Monett City Hall Auditorium at 3 p.m. on Sunday as soloist in the Ozark Festival Orchestra concert. Ryan will play the Piano Concerto by Robert Schumann, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated internationally. The concert will also include the Symphony #94 by Haydn, under the baton of OFO Music Director Ken Meisinger. Ryan said he began playing piano at age 3, mostly because it was available and let him play more then one note at a time. "I made it my livelihood because others were willing to pay me to do what I did best and loved most," Ryan said. "I play by ear also, as did all of the great composers, and find that the classical music I like best is stuff that I'd like to have originated," Ryan continued. "The music that has lasted, standing the test of time, still fascinates and delights me because of the interplay of melody, harmony, rhythm, and all the other elements a composer would use to achieve the particular effect desired on the listener. As a performer I have to put all of these elements in proper perspective as I play. The closer I get to doing it right, the higher the satisfaction and elation," he said. Ryan finds Schumann to be a quirky and difficult yet captivating composer whose pieces are worth the effort they require of a performer. "This concerto, unfortunately the only one he wrote, is a gem of melodic inventiveness and harmonic surprises that keeps the listener's attention from beginning to end," Ryan continued. "The piano part is very demanding even if it does not come across as showy. The first movement has all of the typical Romantic Era drama and tension. The second (normally slow) movement is not long and drawn-out but instead is quite pleasant, unaffected and short (about five minutes). In the last movement Schumann seems to be having the time of his life: he inserts rhythmic twists and harmonic turns that are pure fun." Ryan has never limited himself to classical music. He said classical, ragtime and jazz all have the same harmonic foundation that, once mastered, lends itself to performances of all kinds. "I consider my playing of jazz and ragtime as expressions rather than excursions. Classical music to me is what other good improvisers have put on paper, crafting it as well as they could," Ryan said. As a teacher, Ryan lives for the "aha!" moment when his students achieve a sound they had thought was beyond their reach. "The highest high I get comes when the student is convinced that if a piece can be played, he or she can play it given enough time and making enough effort," he said. As a musical explorer, Ryan said he is always working on a variety of musical pieces. For example, he has focused of Rachmaninoff's "Second Suite for two Pianos" for a couple years, a piece he plays with his son, Barron. For concerts he works on Chopin études, Beethoven sonatas, works of Schumann, Grieg, and others. "And then I must start adding to my ragtime repertoire for the upcoming Scott Joplin Festival in Sedalia," Ryan said. "Plus I've committed to write music for the Ryan and Ryan Piano Duo. What a life!" A reception will be held for Ryan following the performance on Sunday. Admission to the concert is $5 for adults. Children high school age and younger will be admitted free.
This week in Monett: On Friday, Frisco Jackson, a specialist in railroad songs and a frequent performer at Silver Dollar City, plays at Denali Dreams, 318 E. Broadway.

At Mocha Jo's, 404 E. Broadway, the Flying Buzzards bluegrass band plays at 7 p.m. on Friday. The Captain's Son, an indie rock bank, plays at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The Ozark Festival Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Monett City Hall Auditorium. Tulsa pianist Donald Ryan will perform Schumann's Piano Concerto. The OFO also plays Haydn's Symphony #94 ("Surprise"). Admission is $5 for adults.

This week in Springfield: The 30th annual Sertoma Chili Cook-off runs 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Expo Center, 635 E. St. Louis.

Comedian Ralphie May performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Tickets are $29.50.

The Springfield Contemporary Theatre's production of the musical "Lend Me A Tenor" opens at the Vandivort Center Theater, 305 E. Walnut, fourth floor, with shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and more shows for the next two weekends starting on Thursday.

At Missouri State University, on Saturday, Double Reed Day for instrumentalists will be held at 10 a.m. in Ellis Hall. Three faculty members will play on harpsichord, piano, and baroque and modern violins in works of Bach, Telemann, Leclair, Milhaud and Moszkowski at 7:30 p.m. "Musical of Musicals," a theatrical show spoofing Broadway shows with different sections in styles ranging from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 to 24 in the Craig Hall Balcony Theatre on the Missouri State University campus. Tickets are $12 to $18.

The Montana Repertory Theatre's touring production of William Inge's play "Bus Stop" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $13 to $23.

The Lawn and Garden Show runs Friday through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds, opening at 9 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.

Big Smith plays at Galloway Station, 4211 S. Lone Pine, at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" will be presented at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 at the O'Reilly Center on the Drury University campus.

Evangel University offers its Stained Glass Story concert at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Barnett Recital Hall.

At the Outland Ballroom, 328 South Ave., performing this week are Dirtfoot and Totojojo on Friday.

Final performances of Ron Boutwell's "The Praying Man" at the Stained Glass Theatre, 1996 W. Evangel in Ozark, will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

This week in northwest Ark.: At the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy offers a tribute concert to Cab Calloway at 8 p.m. on Saturday. TheatreSquared offers final performances of the play "Sundown Town" at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. A concert by 3 Penny Acre follows at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday on the play's set. The University of Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will play at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 featuring the Concerto for Euphonium and Orchestra by Ellerby and selections by Wagner. Science wizard Beakman offers "Beakman on the Brain" showing special science effects at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24.

At the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Jazz Collective will offer a concert at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the University Ballroom.

At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson in Fayetteville, performing Friday is RJ Mischo; Tyrannosaurus Chicken on Sunday; Millionyoung and Messy Sparkles on Feb. 21; Randy Houser on Feb. 23; 101 Runners, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux and the Mardi Gras Indian Funk on Feb. 24.

Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" is offered in two encore shows at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at Arts Center of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main in Springdale.

The John Brown University drama department presents "Arsenic and Old Lace" Feb. 17 to 20 in the new Berry Performing Arts Center.

Rogers Little Theater, 116 S. 2nd St. in Rogers, presents Andrew Lloyd Weber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" Friday through Sunday and again next weekend.

The eighth annual Academy of Excellence chili cook-off will be at 6 p.m. on Friday at Inn of the Ozarks Convention Center.

This week in Joplin: At Missouri Southern State University, faculty piano instructor Dr. Stacey Barelos gives a recital at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 24 on Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall.

This is the final weekend for the exhibit "Linda Mitchell: Memory, Fantasy, Mystery" in the Main Gallery of the Spiva Center for the Arts, Third and Wall.

At Joplin Memorial Hall, 212 W. 8th St., the MCSSA cheerleading competition runs all day Friday. The Junior ROTC Drill meet begins at 9 a.m. and runs through the day on Saturday.

Final performances of the Joplin Stained Glass Theatre's production of "Welcome to Mitford" are Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.

In Carthage, the Woodshed Emporium, 311 S. Main in the square, presents live bluegrass with Loft Hill and the Fabulous BRD's at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Carthage Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Trivia Night will be held at 6 p.m. at Carthage Memorial Hall, 407 S. Garrison Ave.

The One Act/Readers Theatre Festival is held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday in Longwell Museum on the Crowder College campus in Neosho.

At the Downstream Casino, west of Joplin, performing this week are Retrorockerz with classic rock on Friday; Wes Hart and Johnny Patton on Saturday.

This week in Miami, Okla.: At the Buffalo Run Casino, Micky and the Motorcars play on Friday.

At the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main, Miami Little Theatre's production of "The Cemetery Club" will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

This week in Tulsa, Okla.: At the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. 2nd St., Tulsa Opera's production of Mozart's "Don Giovanni" is offered at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Chapman Music Hall and again next weekend. Performances of Neil LaBute's play "Reasons to be Pretty" run at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday and again next weekend in the Charles Norman Theatre. The play "Anne of Green Gables" will be offered at 7 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday in the John H. Williams Theatre. The Irish trio Buille performs at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the John H. Williams Theatre. The Complexions Contemporary Ballet company performs at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 and 23 in the John H. Williams Theatre.

At the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver, Winterjam is offered with the Newsboys, the David Crowder Band, Kutless, Rd, Tony Nolan, Francesca Battistelli and more at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Cirque du Soleil brings is Alegria show for performances at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 and 24 and through the weekend.

At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, performing this week are Broken Social Scene and Zeus on Sunday; plus Civil Twilight, Eyes Around and Mind the Fox on Feb. 23.

At ExpoSquare, 4145 E. 21st St., the National Car and Custom Show runs through Sunday in the QuikTrip Center. The Akdar Shrine Circus performs at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25.

At the Creek Nation Casino, 8330 Riverside Parkway, the River Spirit Bridal Expo opens at 11 a.m. on Sunday.

At the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa, the 30th anniversary tour of the Japanese percussion band Kodo performs at 8 p.m. on Saturday.

Matt Stansbury performs on Saturday at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, 222 N. Main.

Home Sweet Home Chocolate Festival runs 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Civic Center, Fifth and Okmulgee in Muskogee.

This week in Pittsburg, Kan.: The Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra performs at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Memorial Hall, 503 N. Pine. Beethoven's Piano Concerto #2 and Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" will be performed with additional orchestral works by Holst and Liszt.

This week in Nevada: The Community Council on the Performing Arts production of Kasey Kurtii's play "Catholic School Girls" has performances at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Fox Playhouse, 110 S. Main.

This week in Kansas City: On Friday, Chris Botti performs at the Midland Theater, 1228 Main. Winter Jam is at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino. Local bands led by Parkway Drive perform at the Beaumont Club, 4050 Pennsylvania. Pianist Rafal Biechacz plays at 8 p.m. at the Folly Theater, 300 W. 12th St. Musica Sacra performs at 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Church, 1001 E. 52nd St., performing Haydn's "Salve Regina," Donizetti's "Ave Maria" and works by Buxtehude and Telemann. The NewEar Contemporary Music Ensemble performs Sebastian Currier's "Vocalissimus" and other works by contemporary composers at 8 p.m. at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut.

On Saturday, local bands play in WinterJam at the Uptown Theater, 3700 Broadway. A dance competition begins at 7 a.m. at the Folly Theater. Local bands led by Ten Thousand One play at the Beaumont Club.

On Sunday, Kesha performs at 8 p.m. at the Midland Theater. Pete Yorn performs at the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino. Christian music's largest tour, WinterJam, will be at the Sprint Center, 1100 Walnut, at 6 p.m. The Vibe performs at the Beaumont Club.

The Hollywood Connection Dance Competition runs Saturday and Sunday in the conference center at the Convention Center, 13th and Central.

Lyric Opera presents Donizetti's "The Daughter of the Regiment" at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Lyric Theater, 11th and Central, at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 and next weekend.

A touring production of the musical "Grease" runs Feb. 22 to 27 in the Music Hall, 301 W. 13th St.

The University of Missouri Conservatory of Music Wind Symphony performs at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at White Hall on the university campus, 4949 Cherry.

On Feb. 23, Cage the Elephant and Sleeper Agent play at the Beaumont Club.

On Feb. 24, Rev Theory, Pop Evil and the Black Cloud Collective play at the Midland Theater.

The play "The Shape of Things" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, 23 and 24 with more performances over the weekend. Shows are at the University of Missouri Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.

The Kansas City Actors Theatre presents "Oh What a Lovely War" runs through Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the National World War I Museum in the Liberty Memorial, 100 W. 26th St.

Performances of "Bridge to Terabithia" continue through Feb. 27 at the Coterie Theater, in Crown Center, Grand and Pershing.

The comedy play "Maybe Baby, It's You" continues through Sunday at the American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd.

The Metropolitan Ensemble Theater's production of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson" runs Thursdays through Sunday until March 6 at 3614 Main.

"Blues in the Night," a revue of songs by Johnny Mercer, continues through Sunday at the Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St.

This week in Columbia: A stage production of Jane Austin's "Sense and Sensibility" runs Friday and Saturday at the Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave.

The fifth annual Missouri Grand Prix, the third of seven pre-Olympics swimming events, will be held through Monday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center, 213 Rothwell Gymnasium.

This week in St. Louis: On Friday, the Shelton Concert Hall at 3648 Washington Blvd. has Last to Show First to Go, Union Tree Review and Syna So Pro at 8 p.m. The St. Louis Symphony performs with the In Unison Chorus for Black History Month in works by Randall Thompson, Saint-Saens and Johnson at 7:30 p.m. at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar.

On Saturday, Chris Botti performs with the St. Louis Symphony at 7:30 p.m. at Powell Hall.

On Sunday, the Arianna String Quartet performs at 3 p.m. at the Touhill Performing Arts Center on the University of Missouri campus.

Mardi Gras gets underway on Friday and has events through March 8 in the Soulard district.

The musical "9 to 5" runs through Sunday at the Fox Theatre, 527 N. Grand.

Hot City Theatre presents "True West" at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Kranzberg Arts Center, 501 N. Grand.

On Feb. 21, Ed Asner presents a one-man show, "FDR," at 8 p.m. at the Florissant Civic Center Theatre. The Sheldon Concert Hall Chorale performs works for Lent by Gibbons, Brahms, Bruckner and others at the Sheldon at 8 p.m.

"Sirens," an empty nest play, opens Feb 16 and runs to March 6 at the Marvin and Harlene Wool Studio Theatre on the Millstone campus of the Jewish Community Center.

Shakespeare's "Macbeth" is presented by the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis to March 6 at the Loretto-Hilton Center on the Webster University campus in Webster Groves.

On Feb. 23, the St. Louis Symphony gives a concert of modern music by Jonathan Harvey and Philippe Manoury at 7:30 p.m. at the Pulitzer Foundation, 3716 Washington Blvd.

On Feb. 24, country music star Miranda Lambert performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Chaifetz Arena, Lindell and Market.

This week at the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, will be Old 97's, Those Darlins and the Whiskey Folk Ramblers on Friday; Marty B and Shauna Young on Saturday; and Cage the Elephant with Sleeper Agent on Feb. 24.

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