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The Mid-South calendar of arts events.

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  • Dixon - "American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the Demell Jacobsen Collection" opens January 29 and runs through April 16. This collections features more than 100 pieces from one the premier collections of American art, spanning from Colonial times through the 20th century. Darel Snodgrass talks with Dixon Assistant Curator Theresa Cunningham about this exciting show, featuring a talk by Diane Demell Jacobsen on Sunday January 29th. American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from… | Dixon Gallery & Gardens.
  • Opera Memphis Tosca - Opera Memphis present's Puccini's masterpiece Tosca at Germantown Performing Arts Center on January 27th and 28th. Darel Snodgrass talks with Opera Memphis General Director Ned Canty about the excitement of bringing a large production back to the stage after 2 years of smaller events. Tosca (operamemphis.org)
  • A vaudeville-styler variety show is the thrilling final collaboration of Kander and Ebb. The Scottsboro Boys is a retelling of the landmark trial of 9 falsely accused black teenagers. This case would eventually give rise to the Civil Rights Movement. It runs January 20th through February 19th at Playhouse on the Square. Kacky Walton talks with director Jared Thomas Johnson and actor Justin Raynard Hicks.CONTENT WARNING: This production contains adult language and onstage violence. This production features the art form of minstrelsy in historical context and in commentary of social injustices during the period.
  • The Memphis Symphony Orchestra Masterworks season continues January 21st and 22nd at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis with Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto featuring Sphinx Competition winner Annelle Gregory and Robert Schumann's Rhenish Symphony, as well as African American composer William Grant Still's Serenade. Darel Snodgrass talks with guest conductor Christopher Ward. Mendelssohn Violin Concerto — Memphis Symphony Orchestra.
  • Legendary singer-songwriter Livingston Taylor returns to the Buckman Performing and Fine Arts Center on January 29th. Kacky Walton talks with Buckman Executive Director Cindy Younker about his long career and current show. Livingston Taylor : calendar : Sunday, January 29, 2023 : Buckman Performing Arts Center : Memphis TN USA.
  • Author David Wesley Williams will be reading from and Signing his new novel Everybody Knows on Thursday January 19th at Burke's Book Store. Margaret Renkl calls it a "rowdy, music-besotted, whiskey-drenched tale of political shenanigans and Biblical flooding...Come for an unforgettable cast of ne'er-do-wells, hard-luck prophets, and lovelorn writers: stay for what the tell us about who we are in this teetering moment." Darel Snodgrass talks with David about language, the necessity of music, and the pull of Memphis. Reading and Book Signing with David Wesley Williams | Thursday, Jan 19, 2023 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM (burkesbooks.com).
  • After nearly 20 years of planning and some recent construction delays, the Scheidt Family Performing Arts Center on the University of Memphis campus is set for the Grand Opening Gala on February 4th, featuring multiple Grammy winner Dionne Warwick and an assortment of performers from the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. Darel Snodgrass talks with Scheidt School Marketing and Communications Officer Kristen Russell about the upcoming Gala and the new building and Plough Foundation Concert Hall. Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music New Music Center - Scheidt Center - The University of Memphis
  • Darel Snodgrass talks with Yelena and Alex Ovando, Executive Director and Academic Director about Music Box Inc., a new music school in Germantown. Classes and lessons are available for a wide range of ages and a choice of instruments. Yelena and Alex talk about their philosophy of music teaching and the value of a musical education to young people. Music Lessons - Music Box (musicboxinc.com)
  • Darel Snodgrass talks with Bartlett Performing Arts and Conference Center Executive Director about shows coming in the new year, including Bee Gees Gold and Professor Wow's Fun-believable Science Show Upcoming Shows | Bartlett Performing Arts, TN - Official Website (bpacc.org).
  • The On Stage at the Halloran Center performance series continues in the new year with illusionist Mike Super on January 14 and Memphis soul legend Don Bryant and the Bo-Keys on February 10. Darel Snodgrass talks with Halloran Centre Director Ron Jewell about upcoming events in the new year. On Stage at the Halloran Centre | Orpheum Theatre Memphis (orpheum-memphis.com).