JOPLIN, Mo. — A variety of events — ranging from a half-marathon to a presidential address at Joplin High School’s commencement — are being planned for the May 22 anniversary of the 2011 Joplin tornado. Here are some of the events that have been announced:
Friday, May 11
• Chip Gubera’s documentary on the May 22 storm, titled “Joplin, Missouri,” will premiere at 7 p.m. in Taylor Auditorium at Missouri Southern State University. The showing is free.
Saturday, May 12
• Composer Hubert Bird will present a free concert at 7:30 p.m. in Joplin’s Memorial Hall. There will be 50 musicians from across the country and more than 200 voices onstage that night, including 48 All-City Singers and more than 150 members of area high school choirs.
Bird, a Joplin native who now lives in Baxter Springs, Kan., is a noted composer, penning concerts commissioned for national observances such as the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the 200th anniversary of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
To be called “A Vision of Hope,” the concert will consist of two parts. The first part, at about 30 minutes, will feature each choir singing two pieces selected by their choir directors. The second part, in three movements by Bird, will be titled “The Other Side of Storm.”
Saturday, May 19
• The Joplin Memorial Run, consisting of a half-marathon, five-kilometer run and kids’ run, is planned.
The half-marathon starts at 6:30 a.m., the 5K starts at 6:40 a.m. and the kids’ run starts at 6:50 a.m. on Joplin Avenue between Seventh and Eighth streets next to the Memorial Hall parking lot. Those interested in participating may register at www.joplinmemorial run.com. Deadline for online registration is May 16. The cost for the half-marathon is $60 and the cost for the 5K is $25. There is no fee for the kids’ run.
• Seneca native Erica Tremblay will debut her film, “Heartland,” about the Joplin tornado at Central Christian Center (the former Fox Theater) at 415 S. Main St. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the film will begin at 4 p.m. The event is free.
• A memorial concert featuring contemporary Christian musical artists Steve Angrisano and Tony Melendez begins at 7 p.m. in the McAuley Catholic High School gymnasium, 930 Pearl Ave. Tickets are $5. Proceeds will benefit the Joplin Area Catholic Schools scholarship program. This concert is sponsored by Mercy Hospital Joplin and Orscheln Industries.