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"One Special Night"

On any given day one can hear a beautiful sound coming from historic Hendricks Hall on the UCM campus. But on Monday, April 28 those of us lucky enough to be there experienced something very special.

That's when Blackberry Winter Band performed their unique style of Ozark folk music, peppered with the wit and wisdom of Marideth Sisco, and set against a stunning tapestry of images by award-winning photographer John Hess, in an amazing multi-media presentation titled "Green Soul of the Ozarks", as Warrensburg and UCM wrapped up a week-long celebration of Earth Day.

Marideth Sisco and the Blackberry Winter Band earned critical acclaim for the soundtrack of the Academy Award-nominated movie "Winter's Bone", a Golden Globe winner, which also took top honors at the Sundance Festival and was nominated for 4 Academy Awards. Since then they have been touring the U.S. sharing their talents and stories of Missouri life.

UCM Biology professor emeritus and professional photographer John Hess combines his knowledge of Biology with the aesthetic of an artist to bring amazing still images of nature to life.

So, on this special night, we were treated to something that only comes along once in awhile.

A performance that touched all of the senses, and even the heartstrings, with the sounds and sights of all things beautiful. And thanks to a generous sponsorship by Gould Evans and a Missouri Arts Council grant secured by the Office of the Performing Arts at UCM, we experienced all of this, free of charge, for what we hope won't be the last time.

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