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ProMusica Joplin this week to host the first of two concerts in a 12-day span

The Vienna Boys Choir

Later this week, ProMusica Joplin will host its third performance of the season. It's final concert before moving into its new home, the Cornell Complex. KRPS's Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.

Now in its 43-year season, it's common for ProMusica Joplin to host performances in different venues.

So far this season, the non-profit has hosted two concerts—the first at First Community Church and the second at First Presbyterian Church. The third show is taking place this Friday, November 4, at Central Christian Center; ProMusica welcomes the Vienna Boys Choir.

Emlyn Johnson, Executive Director of ProMusica, says this performance in southwest Missouri has been a long time coming.

"Well, we are, obviously, so excited to be welcomed by the Vienna Boys Choir. They have not been in Joplin for a very long time, and so it will be a great treat for our audiences. Also, this was one of the concerts that was supposed to happen in a previous season, but due to COVID, it was delayed, and we're so happy that it's finally happening."

It will be a busy two weeks for ProMusica. On Tuesday, November 15, the non-profit hosts its opening concert at the Cornell Complex, the Schumann Quartet, with Jon Nakamatsu.

Since 2017 Fred Fletcher-Fierro has driven up Highway 171 through thunderstorms, downpours, snow, and ice storms to host KRPS’s Morning Edition. He’s also a daily reporter for the station, covering city government, elections, public safety, arts, entertainment, culture, sports and more. Fred has also spearheaded and overseen a sea change in programming for KRPS from a legacy classical station to one that airs a balance of classical, news, jazz, and cultural programming that better reflects the diverse audience of the Four States. For over two months in the fall of 2022 he worked remotely with NPR staff to relaunch to an NPR style news and information website.

In the fall of 2023 Fred was promoted to Interim General Manager and was appointed GM in Feburary of 2024.