As the Big Muddy Folk Festival enters its 22nd year, we discuss the history of the event and explore efforts to preserve folk music in mid-Missouri. Plus we hear some live folk music performed in our studio.
Cathy Barton, folk musician and co-founder, Big Muddy Folk Festival
Dave Para, folk musician and artistic director and co-founder, Big Muddy Folk Festival
The Hot Summer Nights Music Festival has returned to Columbia this year. We explore some of the music on offer and also find out what this means for the ongoing saga of the troubled Missouri Theatre.
Carole Sue DeLaite, co-president, Missouri Symphony Society board of directors
Carlann Evans, violinist
Kirk Trevor, music director, Missouri Symphony Orchestra
From ragtime to swing to fusion and funk, jazz music has a rich heritage. In this discussion we find out what’s happening with jazz music in mid-Missouri – both as performance and as part of music education.
Jon Poses, executive director of the “We Always Swing” Jazz Series
Arthur White, director of jazz studies and assistant professor, University of Missouri School of Music
Steve Williams, former band director and current Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education consultant for fine arts, health and physical education, and driver education
Across the nation people are worried about the future of classical music and its ability to draw audiences and sell tickets. And in Columbia, the classical music scene certainly has its share of uncertainty. Today on Intersection we ask: "Can classical music survive and thrive in Columbia and mid-Missouri?"
Alex Innecco, music director at Missouri United Methodist Church, director of the Columbia Chorale, and co-director of Carpe Diem.
Robert Shay, director of the MU School of Music
With its river culture and a history as a place where regional sounds mix, Missouri has been home to a thriving community of folk musicians. On today's program, we discuss the folk tradition and how the musicians of mid-Missouri have kept the music playing. You'll also hear plenty of live music performed by our studio guests.
Lee Ruth, musician, songwriter, and host of "Radio Omega" on KOPN/89.5 FM
John Schneller, folk singer-songwriter and member of the bands Crooked Jack and SRE.
Could Columbia become a national hotspot for new music composition? A group of music supporters are working to make that happen. Several of them join the program to discuss the challenges involved in bringing life to new music.
Alex Blanton, composer and adjunct faculty member, MU School of Music
Stefan Freund, associate professor of composition and music theory, MU School of Music
Jeanne Sinquefield, co-founder of the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation and performer with three local orchestras
Michael Strausbaugh, MU master's student in music composition and recipient of the 2010 Sinquefield Composition Prize