Pro Musica Presents American Wild Ensemble

Join us for an evening of music inspired by the 2021 Missouri bicentennial

The American Wild Ensemble presents “Missouri Music at 200,” a program of contemporary classical chamber music inspired by the 2021 Missouri statehood bicentennial. The ensemble will perform new works written by living composers connected to Missouri, each inspired by different people, places, events, and cultural traditions of the state’s history. Join us for an evening of celebration and reflection on this historic milestone.

Pro Musica will be hosting the August 5 performance at 7:00 pm, and the concert will run approximately 75 minutes. This event will take place outdoors at the picnic pavilion at Wildcat Glades Park, overlooking Shoal Creek (401 Riviera Drive). When you enter the park, continue driving past the main visitor center to wind your way down towards the lower parking lot directly adjacent to the pavilion and lawn.

This performance is free and open to all. Advanced reservations are encouraged, but not required. Reservations help us communicate with you more easily if any changes to the program occur. Make your reservation here.

This is a bring-your-own-seat event. With the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, we encourage patrons to maintain social distance between their parties and to wear masks if they are not vaccinated.

About American Wild Ensemble:

The Music in the American Wild initiative began in 2016 with a commissioning project inspired by and performance tour of American national parks, in honor of the National Park Service centennial. Since those initial tours performing in unconventional venues, from caves to mountaintops, the American Wild Ensemble has continued to celebrate American places, historic figures, and events by commissioning new works and performing them in site-inspired and site-specific locations. Since 2016 AWE has commissioned over 30 new works for 2-7 performers, with the support of organizations including the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America, and Mid-America Arts Alliance, for performances in both traditional and nontraditional venues across the country. Collaborative projects have taken the group from the lava fields of Hawaii’s Big Island, to Washington’s ancient Hoh Rainforest, to the site of the first suffragette convention in New York’s Seneca Falls. The ensemble emphasizes audience engagement through the project development and performance process, aiming to offer a cohesive experience that connects listeners to the spaces around them through music designed with those spaces in mind.

Ensemble directors Emlyn Johnson (flute) and Daniel Ketter (cello) are both on faculty in the music department at Missouri State University. Emlyn is also the current Interim Executive Director of Pro Musica.

About Pro Musica:

Founded in 1981, Pro Musica is the leading presenter of world-class chamber, classical, and jazz music in Joplin, Missouri and the surrounding Four State region.

Pro Musica uplifts “ageless music for all ages” through free tickets to Chamber Series concerts; cornerstone Arts Education Events with Joplin Public Schools, private schools, homeschool networks, and Missouri Southern State University; provides innovative frameworks for experiencing classical chamber music including coffee shop and library-based family concerts; outdoor events; an annual jazz concert; and more.

Pro Musica is supported by the generosity of numerous individuals, business and corporate sponsors, family and private foundations, and the Missouri Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.


Emlyn Johnson, Interim Executive Director
Pro Musica Joplin

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