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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents Music in Motion

February 17, 2014

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB), in collaboration with Odyssey Chamber Music Series, is proud to present Music in Motion. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Friday, March 7th at 8:00pm and Saturday, March 8th at 2:00pm and 8:00pm.

This is Odyssey Chamber Music Series’ 10th anniversary under Artistic Director Ayako Tsuruta. Ayako wanted to collaborate with MCB in celebration of the arts in the Columbia community. In each work, musicians will be set in various places on stage and in the pit. This unique arrangement gives the artists, dancers and musicians, to interact with each other’s space during the performance.

This production will feature four works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy, set to ‘Prokofiev Sonata for Two Violins’ performed by Amy Appold and Siri Geenen. There are four sections to the piece: The first focuses on levels, the second has solos driven by the music, the third is an adagio section, and the fourth is a mix of the previous three.

The second premiere is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. It is set to Jacob Ter Veldhuis’ Billie with members of Trio Chymera. Shannon is using the full company for this high-energy work that embodies the mood of the 30s and 40s.

The third premiere is also by Karen Mareck Grundy, set to Stravinsky’s “L’histoire du soldat” for an ensemble with Amy Appold, violin; Sam Copeland, double bass; Paul Garritson, clarinet; Elizabeth Roberts, bassoon; John D. Perkins, trumpet; Timothy Howe, trombone; Julia Gaines, percussion, and Leo Saguiguit, conductor. “Stravinsky is a very powerful composer. I was inspired by that power and translated it into the choreography,” Karen explains.

MCB will be bringing back May…Or May Not by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Autumn Eckman. Originally premiering in our 2012 show, LIVE: Experience the Journey, this piece explores the different elements of relationships: give and take, miscommunication, and stubbornness. This work is set to an arrangement of Astor Piazzolla’s “Meditango,” performed by Trio Chymera.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, March 7th, is Student Night; Student and youth tickets are only $5-$8. Student and youth tickets are intended for currently enrolled college, K-12, and MCB students. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or at www.concertseries.org.

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It’s Time to Fall in Love with Columbia

February 14, 2014

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We get to profess our love for Columbia every day, but with Valentine’s Day approaching, it’s even more appropriate to shout it from the rooftops! We love Columbia…a lot. Here are just a few more reasons why…

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Big Fantastic Festivals

Columbia hosts over ten festivals each year, and they’re all fantastic ways to experience our destination. To really get a special feel for what we have to offer, come in for the True/False Film Fest or Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ. True/False has grown into one the most important documentary film festivals in the world and also offers music showcases, a game show and a parade (of course). In its first year at Stephen’s Lake Park, Roots ‘n Blues took it up a notch and delivered a classic music festival complete with outstanding acts, delicious food and beautiful art installations.

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Tons of Trails

For your runs, walks and rides, you can’t beat Columbia’s dozens of miles of trails. From short neighborhood trails to the 9-mile MKT trail system that links up with the statewide Katy Trail, you can pick new spot to explore every visit! Take in the scenery all four seasons of the year and hit the trail!

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Superb Chefs

If you like, you could absolutely spend your entire visit eating your way through Columbia. We are fortunate enough to be home to an array of chefs who put out incredible food meal after meal. Often focusing on local and seasonal ingredients, Columbia’s chefs make every dining experience outstanding. So don’t forget to pack your appetite!

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Splendid Sweets

If you or your sweetheart like sweets, allow us to introduce you to Columbia’s lineup (see above). Buck’s Ice Cream on the University of Missouri campus, is made by food science students and is the official ice cream of Mizzou! Stop into the Candy Factory to enjoy a huge assortment of tasty sweets. Truffles, chocolate covered potato chips and even chocolate pizza await you at the Candy Factory! Finally, Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream in downtown Columbia offers unique flavors and also has a liquor license (Guinness Float, anyone?).

Keeping Connected

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One of the things we love about loving Columbia is getting to share it with you! Join us on Pinterest and Instagram to see more of what we share. And let us know what you love about Columbia in the comments.

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13 Things to do in Columbia, MO before the end of 2013

November 18, 2013

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Somehow we’ve already made it to November this year! With only a few weeks left in 2013, here are a few Columbia experiences to check off your list before you ring in the new year. Of course, if you wait a little longer, we won’t tell.

13. Peruse a Gallery
Looking for a little inspiration? Wander through some of Columbia’s impressive art galleries for all mediums of art created by artists from across the country. 
12. Explore Campus
There’s not much more beautiful than freshly fallen snow on the University of Missouri campus. Both the historic buildings and majestic trees look even more amazing than usual under a blanket of white. 
11. Take in a Movie

Spend a few hours in another world with the incredible films showing daily at Ragtag Cinema. With a calendar full of documentaries, acclaimed films from other countries and features made by locals, your Ragtag experience will be both relaxing and enlightening.

10. Grab Some Hot Chocolate

Whether you’re cold, thirsty or your hands are just freezing, take time to explore all of Columbia’s wonderful coffee shops. If you need something with a little more pick-me-up, we love the Rocket Fuel at Coffee Zone.

9. Make Your Own Art

Even if you say you don’t have an artistic bone in your body, try your hand at painting with an evening of art at the Canvas on Broadway or Paint the Town Columbia. Both spots have fun projects to sign up for, helpful instructors and a bar!

8. Sip a Drink
If you’re looking for something a little different, head to Bleu to try out some of their seasonal custom cocktails. House-made mixes, syrups and spirits mean you can imbibe in a Red October, a Giggle Water or a Cat on a Hot Gin Roof, all created just for you.
7. Walk on a Trail

Columbia is home to more than 50 miles of trails! Whether you’re a hiker, biker or leisurely stroller, Columbia’s trails are a great escape from the holiday bustle.

6. Get Tiger Gear and Give a Cheer

Time to get some new black and gold gear for the winter season! Rally HouseTiger Spirit and Alumni Hall are great one-stop shops for all your Tiger best. Of course, you’ll want to sport your new clothes at a Tiger sporting event, so make sure to get some tickets too.

5. Attend Living Windows
As the weather turns colder, shopkeepers throughout The District begin planning for the annual Living Windows Festival. On the first Friday in December,from 6 to 8 p.m., shopkeepers move all the merchandise, out of their front windows and stage live holiday performances for onlookers. 
4. Sample Some Sparky’s
Though some may disagree, ice cream is just as amazing in the winter. So amazing, in fact, that Sparky’s Homemade Ice Cream is finally going to be open year-round! Those who used to mourn their cold weather closing will be enjoying their incredible range of flavors 365 days a year. 
3. Check Out the UCS
Make the University Concert Series your new holiday tradition. Family-friendly performances including The NutcrackerA Christmas Carol and a Tribute to Trans-Siberian Orchestra go on stage in the historic venues of Jesse Hall and the Missouri Theatre.
2. Buy Your True/False Passes
The True/False Film Festival has become one of the most renowned documentary festivals in the entire world. Get your passes now to experience the films, music, parties and general revelry that True/False brings year after year.
1. Visit the Magic Tree

There’s no better way to end the year than to load up the car and visit Columbia’s Magic Tree. This tradition started in the front yard of a south Columbia home and is now located in the Village of Cherry Hill, where thousands of people stand in awe at the over 40,000 lights on one tree.

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet presents CRAVE

November 13, 2013

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB) is proud to present its eighth annual fall production of ‘CRAVE,’ sponsored by American Airlines. This production will be held at Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 14th  and Friday, November 15th at 7:30pm.

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This production will feature six works, three of which are world premieres. The first piece is an original by MCB Artistic/Executive Director, Karen Mareck Grundy. Don’t Tell features the entire 10-dancer company and was inspired by the headline news of Russia’s persecution of the LGBTQ community. “I am an adamant supporter of LGBTQ human rights and wanted to translate my feelings on the subject into movement. This is my personal reaction to every type of oppression taking place,” explains Grundy.

The second premiere, Welcome to the Men’s Room, is by MCB’s Resident Choreographer, Shannon Lee West. With a hint of whimsy mixed in with her signature extreme lines and off kilter-movement, West is creating a men’s trio that is based around how humans hear and perceive sound. With a focus more on exploratory movement and less on technique, West keeps her rock aesthetic while carving a new path for herself choreographically.

The third premiere is by Bryn Cohn, a guest choreographer based out of New York City. One on One is about how we experience the idea of ‘one;’ one with yourself, one with someone else, and one with a group. The work explores the idea of ‘one,’ both emotionally and structurally.

MCB will be bringing back The Current State of Life by Giordano Dance Chicago’s Joshua Blake Carter. Originally premiering in our 2011 show, EVOKE, this piece reflects on the ‘current state’ of our world. MCB will be performing another work from 2011, The Dirt Beneath by company member Alex J. Gordon. Gordon’s piece looks at the exterior ‘faces’ that people wear for their peers. The sixth work, Nigel and Marian…A story, by Karen Mareck Grundy premiered in 2009. The piece follows a young man who is guided by two opposing angels to meet his counterpart.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. Our Opening Night, November 14th is Student Night; Student and youth tickets are only $5-$8. Student and youth tickets are intended for currently enrolled college, K-12, and MCB students. Tickets can be purchased at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts box office, 573-882-3781, or at www.concertseries.org.

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Thanks to Joanne Sandorfi for guest blogging for this event.

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Join Us at Roots ‘n Blues!

September 12, 2013

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We’re just over a week away from this year’s Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! This annual event showcases the best in blues, gospel and much more over three day in Columbia, MO. This outstanding festival has moved locations to beautiful Stephens Lake Park this year, and three-day passes are only $75!

This year, the Convention and Visitors Bureau will also be on the ground at the festival providing up-to-the minute updates, photos from performances, prizes and more! CVB team members Rachel and Megan will be on the festival grounds most of the weekend, so be on the lookout for CoMo goodies we’ll have to give away. Here’s how you can find us during Roots ‘n Blues…

-Follow us on Twitter: @ColumbiaMOCVB. This is a great place to send us any quetsions you have throughout the weekend. You can also follow #RNBNBBQ for tweets from attendees from all over

-Facebook: Columbia Missouri CVB

-Instagram: VisitColumbiaMO

You can also check back here on the blog each evening for a wrap up from the day at the festival and previews for the next day’s performances and activities.

Even if you can’t make the festival, we hope you’ll follow along next weekend so you can start making your plans for next year. See you at Stephens!

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Ready for Roots ‘n Blues?

August 14, 2013

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What do Mavis Staples, The Black Crowes, John Hiatt and Blues Traveler have in common? Easy, they’ll all be in Columbia during the Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ Festival! Tickets are on sale now for this annual event that’s moving to a new location this year…beautiful Stephens Lake Park.

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Stephen’s Lake Park, new home of Roots ‘n Blues ‘n BBQ

While the venue will be different, you can still expect the same amazing atmosphere, world-class musical artists and outstanding barbecue, all in a picturesque setting.

There are also other events planned around the festival, including music showcases and a film screening, plus the always popular 10K and Half Marathon. It’s sure to be a busy weekend enjoy friends, music and food in Columbia!

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Unexpected Columbia – Maplewood Barn Theater

June 25, 2013

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Looking for a family fun way to spend a summer night? Check out the Maplewood Barn Theater!

Set in historic and picturesque Nifong Park, the Maplewood Barn Theater puts on quality community productions throughout the summer. This year’s season includes ‘Kitchen Witches’, ‘As You Like It’, and ‘On Golden Pond’ and features fantastic local talent of all ages.

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The Maplewood Barn Theater

The Maplewood Barn has been an area favorite for many years, and the community rallied when the original barn burned down in 2010. Now rebuilt, the facility faces an open lawn where the audience gathers in lawn chairs and on blankets to enjoy theater under the stars. Tickets for all shows are under $10 and children under 10 get in for only $1!

Join this Columbia family tradition and check out the Maplewood Barn Theater. It may just be one of the highlights of your summer.

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9th Street Summerfests are Back!

June 11, 2013

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Columbia is a little more quiet in the summer. Many of the students are gone and the pace slows down for a few months. But on a few summer nights, downtown gets loud with the return of 9th Street Summerfest concerts!

These fantastic outdoor events are on 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut, outside the famous Blue Note. The entire block fills with fans with food and drinks for sale the entire evening. Summerfests bring in an eclectic mix of musical acts to entertain…check out this summer’s lineup!

Dierks Bentley – June 13th

The Urge – July 12th – Free Show!

Weird Al Yankovic: Apocalypse Tour – July 24th

Reverend Horton Heat – August 16th – Free Show!

Attend one or attend them all! For free shows, just get there early to claim your spot. For the others, get tickets now! We’ll see you downtown to celebrate one of Columbia’s great summer events.

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MCB Presents Alice in Wonderland

May 28, 2013

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Missouri Contemporary Ballet (MCB) presents its original production of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!” This family-friendly show features original choreography by Artistic Director Karen Mareck Grundy, an original score by local musician Tom Andes, and original costumes by MCB.

In addition to the MCB company artists, 40 dance students from Columbia and surrounding areas will perform in this production! With music played live by local musicians and numerous dance students, this is truly a community production.

Saturday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 2nd at 2:00 p.m. Both performances will be at Jesse Auditorium.

Tickets are $19-$29 for adults and $10-$15 for students and youth. The Saturday night is student night, with an additional half off!

For tickets, visit the Concert Series website or call 573-882-3781.

-Guest post by Joanne Sandorfi

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Hot Summer Nights Heat Up Columbia!

May 24, 2013

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This summer marks the 10th Anniversary of the Hot Summer Nights music festival! For six weeks, two dozen musical performances for all ages will delight audiences at venues all over Columbia. Attendees can choose from a variety of concerts or purchase tickets for an entire series of events. You can check out the full season brochure here, but here are a few can’t-miss highlights of the festival.

White Russian Nights

Saturday, June 8th at Missouri Theatre

The Missouri Symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s  beloved Pathetique Symphony. This work is sure to stir your soul from its heroic March to the heart rendering Finale. Audience favorite Chloé Trevor returns to perform her favorite violin concerto.

Grand Night at the Opera

Saturday, June 22nd at the Missouri Theatre

Five of America’s finest young singers join the Missouri Symphony Orchestra for an evening of memorable scenes from the world of opera, including Carmen, La Boheme, Don Giovanni and Der Rosenkavalier.

Jenny Oaks Baker: An American Soundtrack

Saturday, June 29th at the Missouri Theatre

The wildly versatile, and Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker will join the Missouri Symphony Orchestra for an evening that encapsulates the diversity of American popular music, including rock ‘n roll, great cinema scores and the inspirational favorites that Americans hold dear. Don’t miss this evening with one of the nation’s instrumental superstars.

Patriotic POPS

Wednesday, July 3rd at the Missouri Theatre

The stars will come out in this unforgettable musical tribute to our nation’s heritage. This concert is a beloved tradition in Columbia. the Missouri Symphony Orchestra performs the best of Americana with anthems, gospel and a special salute to our Armed Forces. Soprano Leah Crane back by popular demand joins the orchestra in vocal favorites from the American Songbook.

These are just a few highlights from an outstanding series of concerts that the Missouri Symphony Society will be presenting during this year’s Hot Summer Night music festival. Round up your favorite music lovers and bring them to Columbia!

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