Local Entertainment and Events April 27- May 4
1. The annual President's Concert at Missouri State University, featuring orchestra and choir on a major classical work, will feature Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service, a profound religious statement that any believer can appreciate. The text is in Hebrew. This single performance is offered at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
2. For a change of pace theater experience, try Springfield Contemporary Theater's production of the musical "The Robber Bridegroom" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday with more shows next weekend at Pershing and Robberson Ave. With an acoustic country music score, the 1970s' Broadway show, based on a Eudora Welty novella, places the Robin Hood story in 18th century Mississippi, a story of odd characters and even a happy ending.
3. An extraordinary concert experience is certain with the Kansas City-based Spire Ensemble choir debuts John Muehleisen's "A Kipling Passion," ponderings from the writings of Rudyard Kipling over the loss of his son in WWI, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the World War I Museum, 100 W. 26th St., and at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Village Presbyterian Church, 6641 Mission Rd. in Prairie Village, Kan. This is the group that each Christmas presents a performance of Handel's "Messiah" with an 18-voice choir, period instruments and incredible speed. Their blending makes breathtaking music. This piece promises to be a moving concert.
SPRINGFIELD: The Evangel University Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at Barnett Recital Hall.
At Drury University, a composers' recital will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Clara Thompson Hall. The Drury Choral Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m on May 1 in the Stone Chapel.
The bands of Missouri State University play a concert at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
The Missouri State University brass ensembles will offer a concert at 8 p.m. on May 3 in the Wehr Band Hall across from the Hammons Hall.
At the Gillioz Theater, 325 Park Central East, blues master Buddy Guy performs at 8 p.m. on May 3. Jason Isbell plays at 8 p.m. on May 4.
REEDS SPRING: The Nace Brothers play at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Rock House, 41 High St.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Symphony Orchestra of Northwest Arkansas performs Schumann's Symphony No. 2, Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" with guitarist David Keisner and the world premier of Leisner's "Pransyama" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson.
Clarinetist Oran Etkin presents "Timbalooloo" is presented at 6 p.m. Thursday and gives a concert "Reimagining Benny Goodman" at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Walton Arts Center.
At the University of Arkansas, the Chamber Choir will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Fine Arts Center. 340 N. Garland Ave. The University Symphony Orchestra and the Collegiate Chorale perform Faure's
Requiem," the world premier of Robert Mueller's "Awakening Concerto for Violin and Orchestra" and Wagner's "Ride of the Valkyries" at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center, 453 N. Garland.
At George's Majestic Lounge, 519 W. Dickson, playing this week are National Park Radio on Thursday and Big Wind on May 4.
EUREKA SPRINGS, Ark: The Carroll County Community Orchestra plays at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Auditorium, 36 S. Main.
NEOSHO: Crowder College presents "Ring of Fire," a musical telling the story of Johnny Cash, Friday through Sunday at the Elsie Plaster Community Center on the Crowder campus.
JOPLIN: Missouri Southern State University jazz combos play at 7:30 p.m. on May 1 in Corley Auditorium on campus.
The Pro Musica concert series continues with the Ben Kono Group playing jazz at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Corley Auditorium at the MSSU campus.
TULSA, OKLA.: Country music star Easton Corbin performs at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Hard Rock Casino in Catoosa.
The Lysander Piano Trio plays works by Granados, Castelnuovo-Tedesco and Schubert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the John H. Williams Theater in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 S. Second St.
Celtic Woman presents its "Voices of Angels" concert at 7 p.m. on May 3 at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis.
Daryl Hall and John Oates plus the band Tears for Fears play at 7 p.m. on May 4 at the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver.
At Cain's Ballroom, 423 N. Main, playing this week are Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Atlas Genius and Night Riots on Sunday; Machine Gun Kelly on May 1; the Trey Anastasio Band on May 2, and Lil Uzi Vert on May 4.
Robin Trower performs with the Dustin Pittsley Band at 8 p.m. on May 3 at the Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: The Pittsburg State University Oratorio Choir gives a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Bicknell Family Center, 1711 S. Homer.
NEVADA: The Cottey College Chamber Singers give a concert at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Center for the Arts, 1000 W. Austin on the Cottey campus.
KANSAS CITY: Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fiddler Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
The KC Conservatory of Music choirs present Duruflé's "Requiem" and other sacred pieces by Brittten, Lauridsen and others at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday at the Community of Christ Temple, 1001 W. Walnut in Independence.
The KC Conservatory of Music Chamber Orchestra plays Britten's "Simple Symphony," Dvorak's "Serenade for Strings" and Mobberley's "The Mozart Tuba Concerto" at 7:30 p.m. on May 2 at the Olson Performing Arts Center.
The Youth Symphony of Kansas City plays Franck's Symphony in D minor and Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture" at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Kauffman Center.
At the Midland Theater, 1228 Main, Afentra's Prom, Strfkr, Kitten, Deap Vally and Aliciasolo perform on Friday; Killswitch Engage, Anthrax, the Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange play on Sunday; Gnash, Sweater Beats, MAX, Goody Grace, Tulpa and Blankts, Triangle Park and Myboyjon play May 2; Styx plays at 8 p.m. on May 2.
At the VooDoo Lounge at Harrah's Casino, Gin Blossoms plays Friday. Dolewite and Loogey play Saturday.
At the Lied Center at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, the KU Symphonic Band plays at 7:30 p.m. on May 2. "Palos Nuevos: the Jazz Flamenco Project" is presented a 7:30 p.m. on May 3. Soul music legend Booker T. Jones plays at 7 p.m. on May 4.
COLUMBIA: Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth puts on a show of songs from the Great American Songbook at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Missouri Theater, 203 S. Ninth St.
ST. LOUIS: Country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Ave.
James Taylor plays for a benefit dinner at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Peabody Opera House, 1400 Market.
The St. Louis Symphony plays Brahms' Violin Concerto with soloist Augustin Hadelich, Elgar's "Serenade" and Lentz's "Jerusalem" at 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Powell Hall, Grand and Delmar. The orchestra also presents a concert version with soloists of Wagner's opera "The Flying Dutchman" at 8 p.m. May 4 and another performance next weekend at Powell Hall.
At the Sheldon Concert Hall, 3648 Washington Blvd., American soul artist Brian Owens and his band plays for a seated dinner benefit at 8 p.m. on Thursday. Ben Nordstrom, Julie Battaglia and Paul Cereghino offer a revue of songs by Gershwin at 11 a.m. on Saturday. The St. Louis Tionol traditional Irish music band plays at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The North County Big Band plays its spring concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis plays at 7:30 p.m. May 1. Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers play at 10 a.m. on May 2 and 3. A tribute concert to Lionel Richie is offered at 7:30 p.m. on May 2.
Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth puts on a show of songs from the Great American Songbook at 8 p.m. on Friday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.
At the Pageant, 6161 Delmar, playing this week are Mastodon, Eagles of Death Metal and Russian Circles on Thursday; Explosion in the Sky on Friday; Little Dragon, Goldlink and Abjo on Sunday; Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, the Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange on May 1; and Trey Anastasio on May 3.
At Delmar Hall, 6133 Delmar, the LACs play on Thursday; the All St. Louis Soul Revue and the Provels play on Friday; Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper tribute concerts on Saturday; Real Friends, Tiny Moving Parts, Have Mercy, Broadside, Nothing and Nowhere play on May 2.
Nashville singer songwriter Emily Roig performs at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Kirk of the Hills Church, 12928 Ladue
SPRINGFIELD: Final performance of a touring stage version of the film "Dirty Dancing" is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts.
Anne Negri's play "With Two Wings," a show geared toward young audiences, is offered at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wilhoit Theatre on the Drury University campus.
Song stylist Kelly Osborne offers a concert in Springfield Contemporary Theaters Songbook Series at 7 p.m. on Sunday at Pershing and Robberson Ave.
OZARK: "In the Days of the Messiah" runs through May 13 at the Stained Glass Theater, 1996 Evangel.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: Patch Theater presents the children's play "The Moon's A Balloon" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Walton Arts Center.
A touring production of "Greater Tuna" is offered at 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Walton Arts Center.
SPRINGDALE, Ark.: A stage version of "Disney's My Son Pinocchio Jr." is presented at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Arts Center of the Ozarks, with more shows through next weekend.
JOPLIN: Agatha Christie's "Mousetrap" is presented Thursday through Sunday and again next weekend by Stained Glass Theater-Joplin, 2101 Annie Baxter Ave.
The Missouri Southern State University theater department presents an evening of one-act plays at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday at the Bud Walton Theater, on southbound Duquesne off Newman Avenue.
MIAMI, Okla.: Jeanne and Sam Bobrick's play "Weekend Comedy" is presented Thursday through Sunday at the Coleman Theatre, 103 N. Main.
TULSA, Okla.: Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday in the John H. Williams Theater at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center.
BARTLESVILLE, Okla.: Bartlesville Civic Ballet presents "A Classic Mélange" at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Bartlesville Civic Center, 300 S.E. Adams Blvd.
PITTSBURG, Kan.: Cynthia Allan's original musical "Grave Matters" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, 1711 S. Homer.
KANSAS CITY: Soprano Joyce DiDonato and the English Concert give a stage performance of Handel's opera "Ariodante" at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Kauffman Center, 1601 Broadway.
Lyric Opera of Kansas City presents Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Kauffman Center.
A touring production of the Broadway musical "42nd Street" is presented at 7:30 p.m. May 2-4 with more shows next weekend at the Kauffman Center.
The KC Conservatory of Music and Dance offers its spring dance concert at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Olson Performing Arts Center, 4949 Cherry.
The KC Conservatory of Music Opera Theater presents opera scenes at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday in Studio 116 at the Olson Performing Arts Center.
The world premier of Larissa Fasthorse's play "What Would Crazy Horse Do?" opens Friday and runs through May 28 at the Copaken Stage, W. 13th St. and Walnut downtown.
The Unicorn Theater's production of Halley Feiffer's play "I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard" runs through May 14 at 3828 Main.
The children's musical play "Elephant and Piggie's 'We Are In A Play'" runs through May 21 at the Coterie Theater in Crown Center.
Christina Anderson's play "Man in Love" is presented Saturday through May 28 at the Copaken Stage.
Quality Hill Playhouse, 303 W. 10th St., opens "As Time Goes By," a revue of WWII songs, on Friday and runs through May 21.
IBEX Puppetry, led by Jim Henson's daughter Heather Henson, leads a sing-along to "The Muppet Movie" at 4 p.m. on Sunday at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd. in Overland Park, Kan.
COLUMBIA: Moises Kaufman and his Techtronic Theatre Project presents "The Laramie Project," exploring the death of Matthew Shepard, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Rhynsburger Theater, 129 Fine Arts Building.
Talking Horse Productions, 210 St. James St., presents Brian Crawley's play "Violet" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, with more shows through the next weekend.
Lorraine Hansberry's play "A Raisin in the Sun" is presented at 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday at the Maplewood Barn Theatre, 2900 E. Nifong Blvd., with more shows next weekend.
A musical stage version of Dickens' "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" is presented at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Stephens College Macklanburg Playhouse, 100 Willis Ave., with more shows through next weekend.
ST. LOUIS: Disney's "The Lion King" is offered through May 7 at the Fox Theater, 527 N. Grand.
"My Big Fat Opera Theatre Wedding Showcase" is offered by the UMSL School of Fine and Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
Neal Bell's play "Monster," retelling the story of "Frankenstein," is presented by St. Louis University theater department at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the main stage in Xavier Hall, east of Vandeventer and Lindell Blvd. in the middle of the campus.
A stage version of "Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus" runs through May 7 at the Westport Plaza Playhouse, 635 Westport Plaza.
SPRINGFIELD: The Springfield Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale runs through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds E*Plex.
A festival for Spyder vehicle owners runs through Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.: George's Majestic Lounge offers a comedy night on Saturday.
TULSA, Okla.: The Oklahoma Gun Shows have exhibits Saturday and Sunday in the Exchange Center at Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St.
The Tulsa Area Iris Society offers an Iris Show from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria Ave.
The third annual Grand Lake Renaissance Festival
opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday at the Park Hill Motel and RV Park, 438415 E. Hwy. 60 in Vinita.
LAWRENCE, Kan.: Chris Perondi's Stunt Dog Experience is presented at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Lied Center at the University of Kansas.
ROLLA: The Sing-along "Muppet Movie" is offered at 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Leach Theater,
ST. LOUIS: "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah presents a show at 8 p.m. on Saturday at the Touhill Performing Arts Center.
The Greater St. Louis Book Fair, billed as the Midwest's largest charity book sale, opens May 4 and runs through next weekend at the recreation complex at Queeny Park.
COLUMBIA: Maifest, a traditional German celebration of the beginning of spring, runs Thursday through Saturday at Gunter Hans, 7 Hitt St.
ST. LOUIS: The 18th annual St. Louis Dance Festival is slated for Sunday at the Chaminade prep school performing arts center, 425 S. Lindbergh, with 12 dance companies participating, with additional performances next weekend.
The ninth American Natya Festival, the only Indian dance festival in the US, runs Friday through Sunday at Clayton High School.