Connect2 Culture Announces Curtains Up Series 2021–2022 Lineup

(Joplin, MO) Connect2Culture (C2C), Joplin’s community arts agency, has released the lineup for its Curtains Up Series, a performing arts series that brings national touring artists to Joplin.

“We are thrilled to offer Joplin residents and visitors a wide variety of live performances from exceptional artists,” said Emily Frankoski, Director of Connect2Culture. “Thanks to our sponsors, including our top billing sponsor, Freeman Health System, this year’s series will do just that.”

C2C’s fourth annual Curtains Up Series will utilize the Joplin High School Performing Arts Center, the Ozark Christian College Chapel, Central Christian Center, and the Joplin Empire Market Courtyard for a total of six performances:

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
2104 Indiana Avenue, Joplin, MO 64804

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Enjoy songs you loved, updated for a whole new generation! Tickets: $15-$25.

Dallas String Quartet

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Ozark Christian College Chapel
1111 N. Main St. Road, Joplin, MO 64801

Enjoy a fusion of classical and contemporary music on both traditional and electric strings, all performed by an international music sensation! DSQ’s holiday show is vibrant, full of energy, exquisitely arranged, and performed with an abundance of holiday gusto! Tickets: $30-$40.

Charles McPherson: The Journey Home *

Saturday, February 19, 2021 | 7:00 pm
Central Christian Center
410 Virginia Avenue, Joplin, MO 64801

Celebrate the homecoming of acclaimed jazz musician Charles McPherson! A jazz alto saxophonist born in Joplin and raised in Detroit, McPherson’s profound work continues to astound and impress. Tickets: Free; free online reservations recommended.

* This performance is a collaborative endeavor including The Minnie Hackney Community Service Center of Joplin, George Washington Carver National Monument, Joplin Emancipation Park Days, Missouri Southern State University, Post Art Library, Pro Musica, Spiva Center for the Arts, and Visit Joplin. This is part of a larger homecoming celebration of Charles McPherson. There will also be a ticketed, fundraiser performance at Joplin Empire Market on Friday, February 18, 2022.

The TEN Tenors

Saturday, February 26, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Joplin High School Performing Arts Center
2104 Indiana Avenue, Joplin, MO 64804

Back by popular demand! The TEN Tenors from Australia possess unmistakable charm, camaraderie, and vocal power. Guaranteed to surprise and delight in equal measure, this performance features music from great classical composers, as well as contemporary music’s most popular artists. Tickets: $40-$55.

Las Cafeteras

Saturday, April 2, 2022 | 7:00 pm
Joplin Empire Market Courtyard
931 E. 4th Street, Joplin, MO 64801

Born and raised in east L.A., Las Cafeteras remix roots music and tell modern-day stories of Latino and immigrant lives. Using traditional Son Jarocho instruments, Las Cafeteras sing in English, Spanish, and Spanglish while melding styles like rock, hip-hop, and rancheras. This will be a BYOC (bring your own chair) performance. General Admission Tickets: $20.

More information about all artists in this season’s Curtains Up Series 2021-2022, as well as high resolution images for each artist, may be found in the official media kit, which you can access here.

Season tickets, which offer a bundle of discounted tickets to all performances, are on sale now here.

Individual ticket sales begin Friday, October 8, 2021. Tickets will be available for purchase exclusively at or 417.501.5550. For those that would like to buy in-person, C2C pop-up box offices will be announced via social media at a later date.

C2C’s Curtains Up Series boasts a diverse lineup, offering something for everyone. To bring this high caliber of artistry to Joplin, C2C sincerely thanks all of its sponsors who make the Curtains Up Series possible with their generous contributions.

Top Billing: Freeman Health System

Presenting: The Joplin Globe

Star: Harry M. Cornell, Jr., Dr. Lance and Sharon Beshore

Producing: KOAM & FOX-14, Residence Inn by Marriott – Joplin, Show Me The Ozarks Magazine

Directing: KSNF/KODE, Leggett & Platt Incorporated

Patron of the Arts: Missouri Southern State University, Liberty, Arvest Bank, SMC, Craven Media, Commerce Bank, Kansas City University

Friend of the Arts: Crossland Construction Company, Inc., The Insurancenter, Red Onion Café, Dr. Michael and Jeri Lynn Joseph, Sign Designs, Southwest Missouri Bank, Ron and Patty Richard, CGA Architects, Missouri Arts Council, Satterlee Plumbing, HVAC, and Mechanical Contractors, Edward Jones – Philip Mitchell, Club 609

About Connect2Culture:

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.


Emily Frankoski, Director

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