Array of classical musicians will perform at Missouri River Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, August 19, 2008 | 7:27 p.m. CDT

The Yo-Yo Mas of tomorrow are coming to Boonville.

The 33rd Annual Missouri River Festival of the Arts, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday at historic Thespian Hall, will show off an array of classical musicians.

David Halen, artistic director for the festival and the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, said the event should provide evenings of “sophistication and entertainment.”

Festival Chairman Frank Thatcher said Halen is ideal for the role of artistic director because he “understands the central Missouri crowd.”

“He leaves them wanting more and he knows it.”

In addition to organizing the event, Halen will be playing on Thursday alongside vocalist Erin Bode, a St. Louis singer whose cult-like following will no doubt be present.

Friday evening is slated to include pieces “inspired by the night,” such as Beethoven’s brooding “Moonlight” Sonata performed by acclaimed pianist Ching-Wen Hsiao.

On the final night, the festival’s chamber orchestra will accompany Yolanda Kondonassis, one of the world’s most recorded harpists.

Director Holly Peterson said tickets are likely to sell out and that attendance has steadily increased over the past several years.

Tickets are available for purchase from the Friends of Historic Boonville, by calling 888-588-1477. Information regarding show times can be found at

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