• Connect2Culture Announces 2022-2023 Performance Season.

  • Joplin, Missouri – Connect2Culture (C2C) announced its highly anticipated 2022-2023 performance season on Wednesday, November 2, 2022. With its move to the new Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (212 West 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801), C2C will be expanding its role as a performing arts presenter, offering two new performing arts series in addition to its annual Curtains Up Series.
    “We are thrilled to open the doors to our new home, the Cornell Complex, and help welcome guests into this facility with 16 performances across three series,” said Emily Frankoski, Executive Director of C2C. “Along with our fifth annual Curtains Up Series, we will be offering a series that promotes area and regional artists, a series for children and families, and even a piano spotlight performance.”
    All performances will utilize either the 435-seat Beshore Performance Hall or the 1,500-person, outdoor Leggett & Platt Green at the Cornell Complex.
    The Curtains Up Series, first established in 2016, remains Connect2Culture’s flagship series, offering performances featuring high-quality, nationally touring bands, musicians, and groups. This series knows no bounds and includes a great variety of performance types. The 2022-2023 Curtains Up Series will include:
    Christmas with the Annie Moses Band 
    December 17, 2022 | 3:00pm & 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Aquila Theatre in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice 
    February 22, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    March 9, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    The Second City Swipes Right: The Incomplete Guide to the Ultimate Date Night
    March 24, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Jessica Vosk
    March 25, 2023 | 7:00pm &
    March 26, 2023 | 4:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    The Reminders 
    April 7, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Piano Battle
    April 29, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    BritBeat – A Tribute to the Beatles
    June 17, 2023 | 8:00pm
    Leggett & Platt Green

    The aptly named Ignite Series seeks to ignite a passion for arts and culture outside of the classroom by providing performances that engage, educate, and inspire area students and their families. This series features special performances, masterclasses, talkbacks, and more. The 2022-2023 Ignite Series includes:
    Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition (Ages 9+)
    January 21, 2023 | 2:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Mad River Theatre Works presents Freedom Flight (Ages 8+)
    January 28, 2023 | 2:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    The Secret Agency (Ages 7-14)
    February 14, 2023 | 6:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    The Okee Dokee Brothers (Ages 5-10)
    June 3, 2023 | 7:30pm
    Leggett & Platt Green

    The Cornell Series honors the late Harry M. Cornell, a local businessman and champion of the arts. Mr. Cornell’s passion for local artists endures through this series of performances from local and regional artists. Its first year highlights artists from Joplin, St. Louis, and even Texas! The 2022-2023 Cornell Series includes:
    Glenda Austin
    December 10, 2022 | 6:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Miss Jubilee & The Yas Yas Boys
    April 22, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    Me Like Bees
    May 13, 2023 | 7:30pm
    Leggett & Platt Green
    A’lante Flamenco
    June 24, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    The Corley Spotlight, generously funded by the W. R. Corley Memorial Trust, consists of a free performance and educational outreach opportunity. This season’s Corley Spotlight showcases the Complex’s 1949 Steinway Concert Grand Piano and an award-winning pianist.
    Steven Spooner
    February 10, 2023 | 7:00pm
    Beshore Performance Hall
    “We’re looking forward to an amazing, expanded performance season in our new home,” says Frankoski. “And, of course, none of it would be possible without our generous sponsors, including our returning Top Billing Sponsor, Freeman Health System.”

    More information about all artists, as well as high resolution images for each artist, may be found in the official media kit: https://connect2culture.box.com/v/c2c-performances-22-23.  
    Season tickets go on sale to the public November 12, 2022. Season ticket packages allow you to attend multiple performances within a season at discounted prices. Receive 20% off when you buy tickets to all performances included in a series. Single ticket sales begin December 1, 2022.
    Visit connect2culture.org/all-performances to learn more about each artist in our 2022-2023 season. Tickets to all C2C performances are sold exclusively through connect2culture.org, over the phone at (417) 501-5550, or at the box office inside the Cornell Complex. Avoid overpaying through ticket resellers by buying direct from C2C!

    Connect2Culture (C2C) is a not-for-profit arts organization founded in 2009 to enhance community through culture. Unlike any organization in the Joplin area, C2C is a respected community arts agency, a champion of the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex, and a performing arts presenter. C2C strives to expand audience and resources needed to “ignite a passion for the arts, culture, and entertainment” in the Joplin area.