Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,
August 26, 27, & 28, 2021
Historic Thespian Hall
(522 Main Street Boonville, MO)
$75 series or $30 single night
Tickets go on sale July 12, 2021. Click here to buy tickets or call 1-660-882-7977
Patron memberships are available.
The Friends of Historic Boonville is pleased to announce that the Missouri River Festival of the Arts will be held August 26-28 at historic Thespian Hall (c. 1857) in Boonville, Missouri. The Missouri River Festival of the Arts is the oldest performing arts festival in the state of Missouri and is held in the oldest theater in continuous use west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Under the artistic direction of David Halen, Concertmaster of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra as well as the Aspen Music Festival, we have the best of both symphonies to create a one of a kind festival! Mr. Halen has planned the following outstanding lineup of performances: (performances are subject to last minutes changes or additions as necessary to provide the finest quality programming).
Thursday, August 26 – “The Broadway Opener!” Sarah Nordin and Tyler Putnam bring their stellar vocal talents to kick off the Missouri River Festival of the Arts in sizzling style.
Friday, August 27 – “Ebony, Ivory, and Strings.” This is an evening of musical masterpieces. Violin soloists Che Yun Kim and Celeste Golden Boyer will be featured with pianist Henry Kramer. The wonderful Mendelssohn String Octet will be performed by the Festival Strings. Henry Kramer and a string quartet will play Brahms’ Piano Quintet in G Minor.
Saturday, August 28 – “The Missouri River Festival Orchestra Presents!” Under the direction of Maestro Darwin Aquino, the orchestra will perform Rossini’s “Italian in Algiers Overture,” “Fingal’s Cave,” by Mendelssohn, and Beethoven’s “Concerto for Violin, Cello, and Piano,” featuring Henry Kramer, piano; Che Yun Kim, violin; and Susie Yang, cello.
All performances begin at 7:30 pm. Doors open at 7:00 pm each evening.
SERIES TICKETS: $75 (all 3 nights)
Purchase by phone: 660-882-7977 or 888-588-1477
Or on-line at: www.friendsofhistoricboonvillemo.org
Patron memberships are also available. If you are interested in becoming a Patron of the Festival, please call the Friends office at 660-882-7977. Patron information can be found here.
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Visual Arts Display
412 Fourth Street
We hope you will join us for our Visual Art Exhibit and Reception on Wednesday, August 25. This year, we welcome Jeanne Pascale, who specializes in oil paintings, at the Artists’ Reception from 6-8:00 p.m. at the Hain House Gardens, 412 Fourth Street. The exhibit hours are 6:30-7:15 p.m. prior to each evening’s performance and Saturday 12:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. at the historic Hain House.
Festival Bike Tour
Saturday, August 21
522 Main Street
The Festival Ride is held in conjunction with the Missouri River Festival of the Arts and is sponsored by the Friends of Historic Boonville, a group dedicated to the arts and the preservation of our historic structures. The ride takes place the weekend before the festival begins.
Your ride will begin (and end) at the historic Thespian Hall in Downtown Boonville. From there, you will head out on the 42 mile “Wooldridge Route”. Once you arrive in Prairie Home (2nd Rest Stop) you will roll on to Wooldridge… or take the optional “Loop to Lupus” (Lupus is a small community right on the Missouri River). The “Loop” adds 10 very challenging (hilly) miles to the original 42-mile route for a total of 52 miles. All miles are some of the more scenic in Missouri with decent road surfaces and relatively little traffic. (22 mile option is an out and back to the 1st rest stop on HWY U).
As always, it is the people who make it a great ride! Please join us and bring your friends! The ride is well supported with rest stops and support vehicles. When you finish, we will be serving FREE ICE CREAM on the front steps of Thespian Hall.
Registration may be done online at www.bikereg.com
We want to dedicate this year’s performance to longtime Chairman, Frank Thacher. Frank was passionate about the Missouri River Festival of the Arts. His dedication to the festival made it the anticipated annual event we have today.
None of this would be possible without the help of a dedicated group of individuals. We want to thank each and everyone of them for their assistance in making this event a success.
Special Thanks ~
The Missouri River Festival of the Arts Committee: Cathy Bail, Suzanne Drummond, Sam Giroux, Steve Litwiller, Kyle Thacher, Megan Thieman