Connect2Culture’s February 2023 Performances Include Steven Spooner, The Secret Agency, and Aquila Theatre in Jane Austen’s ‘Pride & Prejudice’

(Joplin, MO)Connect2Culture (C2C) will host a variety of performances this February at the Beshore Performance Hall inside the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex (212 West 7th Street, Joplin, MO 64801).

February will include a world-renowned pianist, a GRAMMY-winning family hip hop group, as well as a theatrical showing of the beloved literary classic, Pride & Prejudice.

In addition to public performances, C2C will also be hosting exclusive school showings and workshops that correspond with each performance. Local public and private K-12 schools, colleges, homeschool students, and educational groups will be invited to attend.

“These programs allow students to experience world-class performing arts in a state-of-the-art facility for free,” says Emily Frankoski, Executive Director of C2C. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to expand their horizons – one that they may not have had otherwise.”

All of the following performances will be held in C2C’s home theater, the Beshore Performance Hall, at the Harry M. Cornell Arts & Entertainment Complex.

Steven Spooner

Friday, February 10, 2023 | 7:00 pm | Series: Corley Spotlight | Tickets are free; no advance registration necessary

At the very forefront of American pianists, critics, and audiences have unanimously praised the distinctive and compelling performances of Steven Spooner. An award-winning pianist and a professor at the Peabody Conservatory, Spooner has been featured in prestigious venues across the globe. His reimagined solo recitals allow audiences to vote for the program they want to hear, and feature virtuoso transcriptions alongside his own exhilarating compositions.

The Secret Agency

Tuesday, February 14, 2023 | 6:00 pm | Series: Ignite Series | Tickets are $15 to $20

The Secret Agency is on a mission to find intelligence in all forms. From linguistic intelligence to emotional intelligence and from fine art to street smarts, The Secret Agency understands the value of bringing hidden intelligence to light. Their interactive hip-hop performances combine music, storytelling, dance, and imagination to encourage kids to value their unique individuality and remind adults how exciting, scary, and beautiful it is to be young. Best for ages seven through 14.

Aquila Theatre in Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice 

Wednesday, February 22, 2023 | 7:00 pm | Series: Curtains Up Series | Tickets are $30 to $35

Published in 1813, Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, Pride and Prejudice, has stood the test of time. As the Bennet sisters try to navigate their way toward love and marriage, Austen humorously skewers the hypocrisies and absurdities of the English class system, and puts the thoughts and feelings of her female characters front and center. Filled with unforgettable characters, this sharp social satire has it all: wit, romance, and lots of dancing!

Different Series Offered by Connect2Culture

  • Curtains Up Series: 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.
  • Ignite Series: 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.
  • Cornell Series: The Cornell Series honors the late Harry M. Cornell, Jr., 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!
  • Corley Spotlight: 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.

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

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