NEW MUSIC VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS TWO LOCAL, UP-AND-COMING CREATIVE ARTISTS

For singer-songwriter Robin Anderson, her delicate ballad “January Song” evokes the optimism she experienced when she was recovering from knee surgery. This collaboration between the two artists demonstrates that Columbia offers fertile ground for creative artists. 


BETHEL BAPTIST CHURCH MOVES TOWARD CLOSER RELATIONSHIP TO THE ARTS

Bethel Baptist Church will host the program “Be the Love,” featuring music, art, spoken word and dance performances. Funds will go to the congregation’s effort to become, in its words, an “arts magnet church.”


THE DAZZLING DOZEN

Audra Sergel, her jazz quintet and six vocalists known as the Elan Singers will gather ’round the J.W. “Blind” Boone Piano for the third session of the Boone Piano Concert Series at the Boone County Historical Society


PART-TIME PROFESSORS

“Asked to describe herself, Robin Anderson paused to think. She’s 29 and married. She’s blond. “I’m a music teacher,” she said and laughed. “I got tired of the way people reacted when I say I’m a musician.”

“I’m a huge fan of both Sergel and Anderson. Anderson is the music director at Bethel Church, so I’ve had the benefit of a front row seat for over a year….my stay in Columbia is enhanced by each of them. They are a gift to the city.”


TURN AND FACE THE ‘STRANGE’

“It is a special thing to see or hear a new work birthed into the world. Columbia audiences have the chance to enjoy that experience to the fourth power this weekend.”


IN CHURCH

“Anderson has been the music director of the church since 2013. When she’s not directing, she’s putting together songs for the group and performances on Sundays in front of worshipers.”


MIDWEST NOTES

“Anderson has been teaching at the school for three years. She is in charge of coaching students who are part of the Jane Froman Singers, a choral ensemble dedicated to the performance of Renaissance to contemporary music.”


SO MUCH TO SAY

“These are people with something to say and, knowing what each has gone through to be able to say them, will make the experience all the more strange and special.”


MUSIC TEACHER JUMPS THROUGH HOOPS TO TEACH STUDENTS PIANO AND VOICE

“She told them she was going to learn to hoop. Although some were skeptical, she devised a practice schedule and set to work, giving them progress updates along the way via videotapes. That way, Anderson said she could show them an end result, then step back and teach them how to break up the steps to reach that point. She could relate to their challenges and teach her students how to move past them.”


 BROADWAY FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

“The group is comprised of 16 actors and singers in the Columbia area. They hold monthly events where they perform vignettes at the Berlin Theatre. This event will be a compilation of famous Broadway songs about love and life just in time for everyone’s (least) favorite holiday.”