“We Always Swing” Jazz Series
Address: 21 N. Tenth Street
Phone: (573) 449-3009
A concert-producing and educational organization dedicated to presenting the world’s finest jazz musicians, the Jazz Series events take place throughout Columbia in a variety of public and private spaces and venues, from intimate 125-seat clubs to large 1,500-seat performance halls.
Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri
Address: P.O. Box 1746
The purpose and mission of Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM) is to offer exceptional choral arts experiences, accessible to all individuals from beginning youth to professional musicians. CAAM originally began as the Columbia Chorale, the region’s premier mixed voice community ensemble for adults since 1978, with the addition of Columbia Chamber Choir as an auditioned subset for more intimate choral works in 2014. Columbia Youth Choirs, CAAM’s youth extension since 2013, serves students in grades 2-12, with the auditioned ensemble Canta Bella (girls in grades 6-12). Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort, the newest extension of CAAM, joined the organization in summer 2015. Prometheus is a 12-member ensemble comprised of professional singers and conductors from across the United States, which seeks to inspire, enlighten, heal, and share its music through intimate concert performances and community outreach endeavors.
Columbia Civic Orchestra
Address: P.O. Box 7119
Columbia Civic Orchestra is a group of community musicians dedicated to providing enjoyment for its members and audiences, with the presentation of symphonic music and in the preservation of this tradition.
Columbia Community Band
Address: P.O. Box 7254
Phone: (573) 446-2263
Since 1981, the Columbia Community Band has presented symphonic performances free of charge to the community. Typically performing more than 10 concerts per year, the Columbia Community Band provides exceptional musical entertainment for all ages.
Columbia Entertainment Company
Address: 1800 Nelwood Drive
Phone: (573) 474-3699
Local talents of all ages join to form this dynamic theatrical troupe offering musical and dramatic performances all year long.
Columbia Handbell Ensemble
Phone: (573) 442-1149
The Columbia Handbell Ensemble is entering its 25th year as one of the nation’s premiere handbell ensembles. Playing over 120 handbells and handchimes, 12-14 ringers work together to create music ranging in styles from the classics to spirituals, from Disney to jazz, from Broadway songs to holiday tunes. It is indeed a musical and visual experience to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
GreenHouse Theatre Project
GreenHouse Theatre Project is a professional theatre company that is dedicated to creating dynamic and engaging theatre. The company performs classical, new works, and experimental theatre with an emphasis on artistic collaboration, and promoting local artists, businesses, and spaces.
Macklanburg Playhouse & Warehouse Theatre
Address: 100 WIllis Avenue, Stephens College
Phone: (573) 876-7199
The Stephens College School of Performing Arts offers a full schedule of theatre, dance, and music performances throughout the academic year. Performances feature Stephens students, faculty, and guest artists. The TRYPS Institute at Stephens College, mid-Missouri’s acclaimed children’s theatre program, also holds productions and recitals.
Maplewood Barn Community Theatre
Address: 2900 E. Nifong
Phone: (573) 227-2276
The Maplewood Barn Community Theatre provides high quality, live community theatre to mid-Missouri audiences in an informal, family friendly, outdoor setting in historic Nifong Park. No reservations required.
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers
Mid-Missouri Traditional Dancers welcomes the community to participate in dance forms that have been around since our country was young. Contra, square, and English country dances have been modernized, but are easy to learn, fun to do, and encourage community spirit. A caller leads dancers through a series of moves and the pattern repeats. If you can walk, you can dance! No partner or experience necessary to attend. Dance to live music at the Ballroom Academy of Columbia on most Friday and occasional Saturday evenings. All ages and experience levels welcome. The annual Spring Breakdown Dance Weekend is held on Stephens College campus every March. This festival of American traditional dance and music features evening social dances consisting of contras, squares and waltzes. Daytime events may include a callers’ training workshop, a fiddle workshop, and a variety of dance workshops ranging from easy to challenging.
Missouri Contempoary Ballet
Address: 110 Orr Street, Suite 102
Phone: (573) 219-7134
Missouri Contemporary Ballet is a professional dance company committed to creating and presenting high-quality productions and educational opportunities through the art of contemporary ballet.
Missouri Symphony Society
Address: 203 S. Ninth Street P.O. Box 841
Phone: (573) 875-0600
The Missouri Symphony Society produces the Hot Summer Nights Festival, Columbia’s annual classical and Pops summer music festival featuring the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, mid Missouri’s 50-member resident, professional orchestra. Festival venues are located all over Columbia and include the historic Missouri Theatre. The festival includes affordable family concerts that feature music everyone will love. The Missouri Symphony Society also operates the award-winning Missouri Symphony Conservatory, the Joy of Music Summer Camp, and the annual Shelter Insurance Symphony of Toys Holiday concert.
Address: 203 S. Ninth Street
Phone: (573) 882-3781
Built in 1928, the Missouri Theatre is a pre Depression era movie palace/vaudeville stage and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Beautifully renovated in 2008, this “gem of a show palace” features elegant décor.
With the purchase of the Missouri Theatre by the University of Missouri in 2014, this hall is now a partial home to the MU School of Music. All of the large student ensembles and the signature events, including the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase, are now held at the Missouri Theatre. Several events by the University Concert Series are also split between Jesse Hall and the Missouri Theatre.
Odyssey Chamber Music Series
Address: 1112 East Broadway
The Odyssey Chamber Music Series is committed to presenting masterpieces of chamber music repertoire that span over four centuries, in mixed ensembles of all instruments. Odyssey hopes to cultivate interest in quality, classical music performances through innovative programming involving professional, local performers, as well as guest artists from outside the community.
PACE Youth Theatre Company
Address: 1020 E Walnut Street
Performing Arts in Children’s Education (PACE) educates youth, ages 4 to 18, in all aspects of theatre performance, management, and production. PACE stages several, public musical theatre and dramatic performances at Columbia’s professional venues annually. PACE affiliate, Limelight Dance Studio, offers classes in a noncompetitive environment to dancers ages 3 to adult, incorporating a wide variety of dance styles and techniques. Through its community outreach and education programs, PACE brings free theatre and dance to Columbians in schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and at many public events each year.
Address: 10 Hitt Street
Phone: (573) 443-4359
As Columbia’s only art house movie theater, Ragtag Cinema exhibits avant-garde international and documentary films 365 days a year, on two screens. As a 501(c)(3) arts organization, Ragtag’s mission is to foster an appreciation of film as an art form, to stimulate discussion, and inspire change. Ragtag regularly hosts filmmakers to attend screenings and engage in interactive discussion with the audience. Ragtag shares their space with the Uprise Bakery. Cinema patrons are welcome to take food and drinks from the Uprise kitchen or bar into either of the two theaters.
Rhynsburger Theater & Corner Playhouse
Phone: (573) 882-7529
Electrifying performances by visiting actors, faculty, and students represent the best in original, innovative, and classical theatre throughout the academic year. MU’s Summer Repertory Theatre continues this excellent tradition throughout the summer months.
Rose Music Hall
Address: 1013 Park Avenue
Phone: (573) 875-0588
Rose Music Hall (formerly Mojo’s) has been at the forefront of Columbia’s music since it became part of the Blue Note family in 1999. With a capacity of 300 inside the venue, it provides an intimate setting to see your favorite bands, and the adjacent Forrest Rose Park holds 1400 people, creating an outdoor amphitheater. Artists that have play here span multiple genres, and they include Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Portugal. The Man, James McMurtry, Bon Iver, Iris Dement, The Jonas Brothers, as well ascountless great locals acts. With its grassy park, expansive patio, and impressive craft beer selection, Rose Music Hall is the perfect spot to see a concert or hold any private event from birthday parties to weddings.
Talking Horse Productions
Address: 210 Saint James Street
Phone: (573) 268-1381
Founded in 2012, Talking Horse Productions produces intimate, high-quality theatre in a variety of genres for the citizens of mid- Missouri and offers opportunities to participate as audience members, actors, tech support, or house volunteers.
The Blue Note
Address: 17 N. Ninth Street
Phone: (573) 874-1944
The Blue Note was established in 1980 and found a new home in an old vaudeville theatre built in 1927. The Blue Note has presented the following acts: REM, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Branford & Wynton Marsalis, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Wilco, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, and Koko Taylor just to name a few. The Blue Note is also a great venue for private functions, including weddings, holiday parties, and business events.
TRYPS Institute at Stephens College
Address: Hickman Hall, 1200 East Broadway
Phone: (573) 449-4536
The TRYPS Institute at Stephens College offers classes, camps, and plays for mid-Missouri children, families, and schools. Productions and recitals take place on the Stephens College campus at the Macklanburg Playhouse, Warehouse Theatre, and Historic Senior Hall.
University Concert Series
Phone: (573) 882-3781
Hours: Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.
The University Concert Series brings world-class performing arts events to mid-Missouri. Opera, ballet, orchestra, chamber, jazz, pop, modern dance, Broadway shows, family events, and nationally known performers are all a part of the Concert Series tradition.
Whitmore Recital Hall
Phone: (573) 882-2405
One of the primary musical homes for the MU School of Music, Whitmore is located inside the Fine Arts Building directly across from the Memorial Union. This hall seats approximately 200 seats and holds over 100 events each year. Ranging from faculty and guest recitals, to degree and non-degree seeking student recitals, you can hear the finest musicians at MU perform just about any type of music. Some events in Whitmore require tickets and others do not. For a list of ticketed events, please visit eventpros.missouri.edu. To view a full list of all events, ticketed and free admission, visit the School of Music webapge at music.missouri.edu/calendar.