The Clark State Performing Arts Center (PAC) will continue the Close to Home free summer performance series on Friday, September 18 at 5 p.m. with the Springfield Arts Council Youth Ambassadors.
The Close to Home summer concert series events are held outside the lobby doors of the PAC, 300 South Fountain Avenue in downtown Springfield. All featured talent are local performers.
Six Springfield Arts Council Youth Ambassadors will present the audience with a showcase of Broadway style songs.
“We’ve continued to have opportunities throughout the entire pandemic, but this performance will be their first in person performance since the end of February,” said Krissy Brown, arts education director for the Springfield Arts Council. “We’re excited to showcase our students and give the Springfield community a taste of what our Youth Arts Ambassadors are capable of.”
Brown said the pandemic has been a challenge for all of the youth arts ambassadors, but they have found ways to persevere.
“It has clearly been difficult for them to see so many things they love get canceled or changed, but they are incredible and understand why these things need to happen,” said Brown. “Some struggle more than others as they continue to be restricted in how much in-person contact they can have, but we continue to find ways to keep them active and positive, and comfortable with talking about their mental health.”
The Flying Pepper Food Truck will be on site and a full-service bar will be available. No tickets are required for the Close to Home concert events.
Friday, September 25 patrons of the Close to Home concert will enjoy an acoustic evening with Gene Bowshier, Billy Hall and Casey Motschman performing country and southern rock. The show will begin at 5 p.m.
Patrons attending the Close to Home concert series are strongly encouraged to bring their own seating and follow state directives for physical distancing and wearing a face covering.