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Students prepare for music juries

MU music students have been practicing intensely for their juries, the music equivalent of finals. Sophomore trombonist Josh Kennedy said students perform in front of their professors, often with a piano accompaniment. They are graded on how well they play and how they have progressed throughout the semester.

The Fine Arts building at MU, which houses the practice rooms, has seen some students spending hours per day preparing. Click the pictures above to hear and see five students on the journey to the juries.

'Woman' fuses dance and theater

Moon Belly Dance Studio presents "Woman," a fusion of hip-hop, belly-dancing, jazz and theater, this Saturday at The Blue Note.

Patron of the arts promotes composition in MU music community

The originator of the Creating Original Music Project, a composition competition for MU and K-12 students, is working with the MU School of Music and others to make Columbia a center for composing and performing new music.

Palestinian author shares story of struggles and inspiration

Ibtisam Barakat has written a book about her struggles as a child growing up in Palestine. She now lives in Columbia, and she shared her thoughts on Columbia, writing and telling the Palestinian story.

MU professor chosen to create presidential sculpture

An MU professor was selected to build a 7-foot bronze recreation of former president Gerald R. Ford.

Chordbusters to perform Christmas concert this weekend

The Chordbusters will perform holiday favorites such as "Jingle Bells" and White Christmas" this weekend at the Missouri Theatre.

Broadway's Jana Robbins to direct 'Little Women' at Stephens

Stephens students involved in the production said hearing Robbins's stories and learning from her has been a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Columbia jazz duo finds inspiration in challenge, history of jazz

The Tempus Fugitives, a two-man jazz band, are inspired by John Coltrane and Miles Davis and are constantly working to improve their sound.

They find inspiration in the challenges, history and camaraderie of their music.

"We know each other well enough now that it becomes intuitive when the other one wants to stop, or where the other is heading (in his music)," Alan Arnold says.

Musicians check out of Holy Road House

Holy Road House, as it’s been called the last two years, is for sale, and Holy Road Tours Union, a nonprofit touring and lifestyle co-op.

'The Big Neal' returns to his alma mater, MU, a star

Neal Boyd, winner of NBC's "America's Got Talent" reality competition series, is still the same humble guy who visits his college town and takes his mom's advice. 

Missouri artists wanted for Fire Station No. 9

Missouri artists interested in designing public art for the new Fire Station No. 9 can now submit applications to the Office of Cultural Affairs until Dec. 12.

'Gumbo Bottoms' musical to debut in Boonville

"Gumbo Bottoms" is a musical by Meredith Ludwig and Cathy Barton based on the distinct character of the Missouri river community. It premieres Nov. 21 at Thespian Hall in Boonville.

Horror meets humor: Pillowman

"The Pillowman," a Tony-nominated play written by Martin McDonagh, is known for its  combination of dark humor and extreme violence. MU's Department of Theatre is taking on the production.

Taking a quick look at "Blind" Boone's life

A classical and ragtime composer and pianist, John William "Blind" Boone is one of Columbia's most well-known historical figures.

Concert to help restore musician's home and reputation

Pianist John Davis will be performing a concert at MU on Saturday to benefit the restoration of 19th Century ragtime composer and pianist J.W. "Blind" Boone's Columbia home.

New collection at MU shows process behind Warhol's work

MU's Museum of Art and Archaeology was recently chosen by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to be the recipient of more than 150 "working" photographs from its collection

Students find meaning in politics through art

Rock Bridge High School art students and other Columbia artists create artwork that deconstructs political experiences or beliefs. Some of the work will be featured in a show called "Politically Speaking," which will begin in January at the Columbia Art League.

Environmental film festival makes first appearance in Columbia

The Missouri Prairie Foundation and the Columbia Farmers Market are hosting the Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival On Tour at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts on Sunday. The sixth annual national festival is making a tour stop in Columbia for the first time.

'Sophisticated, diverse' crafts to be sold at holiday exhibition

The Columbia Weavers and Spinners Guild will hold their 19th annual event this weekend.

Columbia will host competitions for young musicians in Winter 2009

Young musicians from Missouri, Kansas and Illinois will converge on Columbia next February and March to participate in two concerto competitions.

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