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America's Music: Performances

But what is music without music?

With the film screenings as our guide, we have planned a series of performances of America’s music that highlights its diversity and gives you the opportunity to experience these traditions live. Your musical appetite is sure to be sated by many of the finest performers in Columbia and surrounding areas. Plan to attend as many events as you can. You won’t be disappointed. Venues are provided with the generous support of the University of Missouri School of Music, Columbia College and its Dorsey Hall, and the inestimable contribution of Richard King in providing the stage of The Blue Note, located at 17 N. Ninth St., Columbia.

Saturday, October 12

Gospel music provided by The Next Step
Location: Whitmore Recital Hall
Begins at 7:30 p.m.       
Suggested donation: $5

The Next Step embodies the experience of hearing the sounds of early African-American music--songs sung to encourage and uplift hearts; the harmony of Africa mixed with the burden of slavery. This is the music of early traditional gospel, from the 1800s to the 1940s. The original Next Step viewed the music as a legacy that needed to be continued and that mission lives on in the present group. This is music that has been passed down through generations via the church. The Next Step owes this legacy to a group called the Friendly Five from the Second Baptist Church in Mexico, Missouri. Among its members were John Hoard, Walter Hoard, Jacqua Brown-Williams, and Chester Trotter. The group has continued to grow over the years. Come hear the heavenly harmony that has kept the hearts of African Americans peaceful and full of hope!

Wednesday, October 23

The MU Jazz Band, directed by Arthur White  
Location: The Blue Note            
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 with student ID in advance and at the door

Join the members of the MU Jazz Band as they revisit some of the Swing Era big band greats—Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie, and more. The dance floor will be open. Bring a partner and refresh those swing steps.

Friday, October 25

John White and the Nine Mile Band
Joined by Howard Marshall, Emcee and Jim Thaxter, caller
Begins at 7 p.m.
Location: Dorsey Hall, Columbia College
Admission: $10, $5 with student ID

This event showcases The Nine Mile Band, formed by leader John White, and featuring Jim Ruth (clawhammer banjo), Amber Gaddy (piano accordion, piano, and button accordion), and David Cavins (guitar), along with John himself on fiddle. This instrumental group will take you into the world of old-time traditional music intended for a dancing audience. With dance caller, Jim Thaxter, and emcee Howard Marshall, you can learn the background and dance steps of early rural America—square dancing, polkas, waltzes, schottisches, and the varsouvienne. This old-time music and social dancing is central to the history and cultural heritage of Missouri. And there are more musicians keeping this music alive than you might think. This event will also be a great opportunity for you to join in the music-making. Bring your instruments and join in the jam session after the formal program.

Wednesday, November 6

The Battle of the Bands
Prizes to be awarded
Location: The Blue Note            
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.
Admission: $7 in advance and at the door

Join local rock bands as they give you their best. Lend your support to your favorite band and make your choice. Who will be the victor in this battle of the bands?

Sunday, November 17

Get Happy: The Great American Songbook
Singing, dancing, costumes, nostalgia, and just plain fun!
A collection of favorites from the greatest Broadway shows of the 1920s and ‘30s presented by the MU Theatre Department under the direction of Professor Jim Miller. Music provided by Cheryl Nichols, piano; John Turner, bass; and Rusty Elder, percussion.
Location: The Blue Note                                   
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.
Admission: $5 with student ID in advance and at the door

Wednesday, November 20

"Hip Hop 101" followed by Turquoise Jeep
Featuring performances, freestyle battle, and a discussion with Missouri MCs Jessie Adolph, Brenton Smith, Brandon Adams, Landalin, Two4One, DJ Scales, and Stacy Martin
Location: The Blue Note
Doors open at 6 p.m.; concert starts at 7 p.m.
Admission: $10 for students and $15 for the general public.
Tickets can also be purchased by student charge at the student center box office.


Additional performances featuring America’s music:

Monday, September 30

MU Wind Ensemble with American wind band composer Steven Bryant
Missouri Theatre, 7:30 p.m. 
Suggested donation: $5

Ecstatic Fanfare by Steven Bryant
O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen, arr. Reynolds
Variations on America by Charles Ives, arr. Rhodes
Elegy for a Young American by Ronald LoPresti 
Anthem by Steven Bryant

Friday, November 1 and Saturday, November 2    

MU Opera Scenes
Missouri Theatre, 7:30 p.m.   
Suggested donation: $5

Trio from Act I of Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul
Finale “Make Our Garden Grow” from Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

Sunday, November 3

University Singers under the direction of Dr. Paul Crabb
First Baptist Church, 4:00 p.m.   
Suggested donation: $5

You Are the Music by Dan Forrest
The Dream Keeper (set) by William Averitt, poetry by Langston Hughes  
Resurget by Steven Hirner         

Spring 2014 (TBD)

Phi Mu Alpha’s Spring Concert of American Music


America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway is a project of the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint, and the Society for American Music. America’s Music has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. 

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