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Become A Partner In The Arts

Muzika believes in making the performing arts available to all, and through every possible kind of event - jam session, dance recital, fashion show, study group, choir, even the symphony.  Muzika first performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra at Kuss Auditorium in the Christmas 2005 concert, "Gospel Meets Symphony".  The enthusiastic audience was treated to a special sound as 130 voices from 20 local churches and North and South High Schools collaborated with the orchestra to celebrate Christmas together.

Since that successful collaboration, Par Tolliver of Muzika, Dave Detrick, Executive Director of the Symphony, and Peter Stafford Wilson, SSO Conductor, set about looking for an opportunity to perform together again.  On January 14, 2007 the Symphony joined the Muzika Community Gospel Choir in St. John Missionary Baptist Church.  Months of planning, organizing and fund raising resulted in a special concert event in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for a capacity audience.

Something sacred and precious is created when we follow our dreams.  We all know this was true for Dr. King and surely his legacy was felt when the musicians and artists of Springfield worked and played together for the MLK event. 



Elementary Students' Photos On Display At Local Banks

Kids making art with cameras?  Yes, with the help of well known local photographer Napoleon Biles.  You may have already seen these colorful, dramatic photos at National City Bank on South Limestone Street, where Janice Morgan, bank manager, loved and promoted the display.  Currently showing at the downtown Springfield Huntington Bank, the work of these 1st through 5th graders was produced as a project of Muzika's after school enrichment program in four elementary schools.  After its term at Huntington, the exhibit moved to the downtown Security National Bank office.

Biles says it was a challenge to work with thirty to forty young students at one time but the kids soon caught on to using cameras to see their familiar world in a new way.  Biles showed the children that they could progress from taking candids of people to seeing and capturing objects in their experience, especially on the playground, a world kids know well.  He delighted in the "boldness of colors and shapes" seen in their pictures.



Click on these links to read the articles which have appeared in area newspapers.. 

Poverty and foreclosures targeted at civil rights lunch

January 13, 2007

Program honoring King takes symphony to people

January 11, 2007



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