JOPLIN, Mo. —
Jubilant Sykes will open Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School’s concert and theater series with a performance at 7 p.m. Saturday. The yearlong series of six musical and family-theater events is a first for the school, which opened its new 404-seat concert hall last fall, music teacher John Atteberry said.
“First of all, we are looking for events that our students can participate in and learn from, which is a very special quality, I think, to our program,” he said. “We were looking for things that will entertain and inspire our children, from the youngest children to high school students.”
Sykes, a baritone, was a Grammy Award nominee for Best Classical Record in 2010. He has also been a featured soloist with orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, London Symphony, Boston Symphony and Chicago Symphony. His performance will feature Mark Rice on piano, as well as Thomas Jefferson student choirs and orchestras.
Atteberry said the rest of the lineup consists of “highly entertaining” performances.
“It might be entertainment, but it’s also the experience of hearing these professionals and artists,” he said. “They get to travel all over the world, and we get to see them live right here in Joplin. There’s no comparison to a live performance.”
The concert series also features:
- Tonic Sol-fa at 7 p.m. Friday, March 8. The a cappella quartet has appeared on Jay Leno’s show and NBC’s Today show; in 2010 they won an Emmy award for Musical Composition/Arrangement for a song they performed for a Toys for Tots public service announcement.
- Boston Brass at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16. The brass quintet performs classical arrangements and jazz standards and infuses their shows with their humor and personality. The Thomas Jefferson orchestras will also perform. The theater portion of the series will feature three family-friendly performances:
- “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise and the Hare,” two tales brought to life by the electroluminescent puppetry of Lightwire Theater in conjunction with Corbian Visual Arts and Dance. The show is set for 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.
- “Guess How Much I Love You” and “I Love My Little Storybook,” the award-winning classics from author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram, adapted by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. The performance will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16.
- “We’re Going On a Bear Hunt,” a stage adaptation of Michael Rosen’s award-winning book that will feature songs, interactive scenes and hands-on adventures. The show is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.
Want to go?
All events will take place at the Thomas Jefferson concert hall, 3401 E. Newman Road in Joplin.
Tickets can be purchased online at tjeffschool.org/concerts.