2021-2022 Curtains Up Concert Series Performers Announced | Local News
The popular Curtains Up series may have missed a year due to the pandemic, but it certainly hasn’t skipped a beat.
On Friday, Connect2Culture officials announced the five musical acts for the 2021-2022 season, the fourth in the popular series. Curtains Up features a variety of nationally touring artists that fans in the Joplin area can enjoy, said C2C director Emily Frankoski.
“Connect2Culture’s mission has always been to ‘ignite a passion for the arts, culture and entertainment’, and we hope the Curtains Up series will do just that,” she said. “We want people to have fun and leave each performance with a new or expanded love for the arts and culture. “
Curtains Up’s last concert – The Choir of Man, performed to a sold-out crowd at Memorial Hall on March 10, 2020 – took place just days before COVID-19 took hold of the nation; and just weeks before the national lockdown. After that, silence – as far as live musical concerts go – until this year’s Farewell Angelina concert and the JOMO Jammin ‘musical series in July and early August.
“After an impressive roster of artists in 2019-2020, we anticipate that the (new) performances will meet or exceed our expectations and the expectations of our patrons,” she said.
Similar to previous seasons of Curtains Up, the 2021-2022 release hosts musical acts of various genres in Southwest Missouri.
“While we didn’t focus on a specific genre for this year’s series, we focused on diversifying our lineup. The emphasis on variety allows us to attract a wider audience and offer a variety of genres like anything Joplin has seen before, ”Frankoski said.
Overall, “I’m really proud of the lineup this season embodies.”
The first concert, which will take place at 4 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 20, at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, will be Schoolhouse Rock Live. Aimed at a younger audience, ages 6-10, this pop culture music phenomenon will bring beloved songs such as “Conjunction Junction”, “Just a Bill” and “Three is a Magic Number” to life. Tickets range from $ 15 to $ 25.
Next up will be the Dallas String Quartet, which will perform a holiday performance – “a fusion of classical and contemporary music on traditional and electric strings,” Frankoski said – at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the Ozark Christian College Chapel. Think of this group as “Bach meeting Bon Jovi,” she said. Tickets range from $ 30 to $ 40.
Celebrity jazz musician Charles McPherson, a native of Joplin who moved to Detroit at the age of 9, will perform Curtains Up’s third concert, a free show at 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at the Central Christian Center in Joplin. The free concert is just one part of a larger reunion celebration that will span almost a week; there will also be a McPherson ticket fundraising performance scheduled for February 18, 2022, at the Joplin Empire Market.
The TEN Tenors, one of Australia’s most popular musical groups, will return to southwest Missouri for a 7 p.m. concert on Saturday, February 26, 2022 at Joplin High School Performing Arts Center. The group – which pays homage to both great classical composers and the most popular artists in contemporary music – last performed at Joplin on December 13, 2018. Tickets range from $ 40 to $ 55.
The series will be rounded out by Las Cafeteras, a band from east Los Angeles, who will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2022 at the Joplin Empire Market Courtyard. Through his music, members weave modern threads showcasing the lives of Latinos and immigrants while playing traditional Son Jarocho instruments such as the quijada (donkey jaw) and tarima (wooden platform) . The songs are sung in English, Spanish and Spanish, mixing styles of rock, hip-hop and rancheras. Tickets cost $ 20.
The children’s musical Schoolhouse Rock and Las Cafeteras are two new genres that debut this year.
“The two promise to be fresh and exciting performances that break the mold of live entertainment at Joplin,” Frankoski said of the two concerts. The Schoolhouse Rock Live performance, she added, is a show “that the whole family can enjoy, from parents to children.”
Single concert tickets go on sale Friday, October 8 and will be available exclusively at www.connect 2culture.org or by calling 417-501-5550. Season tickets, which offer a bundle of discounted tickets to all performances, are on sale now.
“We encourage everyone to attend at least one of the performances. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy high quality live entertainment without expensive tickets or traveling long distances, ”she said.