Concerts and Revues in the Show-Me State
Missouri Division of Tourism
Find your seat and settle in. Throughout Missouri, the house lights are dimming and the curtains are going up.
Fans of the Beatles, from those who grew up during their musical heyday or discovered them a bit more recently, can relive the magic in St. Joseph. On March 18, "Yesterday and Today: An Interactive Beatles Event" celebrates the Fab Four on the Missouri Theatre stage. Unlike most concerts with a standard repertoire of songs, "Yesterday and Today" allows the audience to choose the selections. If you simply must hear “Yellow Submarine” and “Penny Lane,” just let the talented touring group know.
While "Yesterday and Today" honors four internationally known stars, Gleb Ivanov, Pianist introduces audiences to a young musician rapidly gaining fame outside of his native Russia. Ivanov performs March 15 at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts in Springfield. A natural performer since age 8 (when he provided piano accompaniment for his vocalist father), Ivanov enthralls classical music lovers with his concerto performances.
In St. Louis, Opole, Philharmonic of Poland brings beautiful classical music to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Opole's gorgeous arrangements will fill the cathedral March 2; you won't want to miss the opportunity to see one of Poland's most famous and critically acclaimed orchestras. The beauty of the Basilica — with its Tiffany stained glass, soaring pipe organs, and the largest collection of mosaic art in the world — adds to the majesty of the music.
If you're in the mood for a variety show, "Hooray for Hollywood" at the Branson Variety Theater is destined to delight. This energetic musical revue combines many of the most beloved songs and dances from the past five decades of American cinema. Hooray for Hollywood pairs film clips with live song-and-dance numbers from classics like "Singin' in the Rain" and modern hits like "The Lion King."
Speaking of legends, Merle Haggard and Kris Kristofferson perform March 9 at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis. Renowned performer Haggard brings his unique style (and his mighty Fender Telecaster guitar) to the stage, where he’ll be joined by his fellow “outlaw country” singer Kristofferson. The two talented men are credited with reinventing the country sound, giving it rough edges and adding rock elements.
On Feb. 25, frequent Grammy Award nominee Kid Rock performs at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, joined by critically acclaimed songwriter and performer Jamey Johnson. This show is certain to please country and rock fans alike.