News Release 158

Wildheart offers music and environmental message in Missouri state parks

Volume 39-158 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 20, 2011 – Kids and adults alike will be inspired and entertained by the music and message of Wildheart, an environmental musical group that will perform in seven Missouri state parks in May and June.

Wildheart is composed of Jan and George Syrigos, both Emmy award- winning educators and entertainers who bring a strong science message to young audiences as they explore wildlife, habitats and natural history. Their performance combines original music with motion and media to deliver a conservation message about the natural world.

Wildheart is an approved Missouri Tour Performer for the Missouri Arts Council and their appearance in Missouri state parks is due in part to a grant from the Missouri Arts Council. The grant will provide the performance at a 60 percent reduced rate from the original price. Individual state parks and historic sites are pursuing local matches to the grants to further reduce the cost to the state park system. This will allow them to provide the performances free of charge to the public.

Performances of Wildheart will be held as follows:

* May 21, First Missouri State Capitol State Historic Site at St. Charles; 20 minute performances will be from 1 to 3 p.m. during the annual Historic Children’s Festival;

* May 28, Dr. Edmund A. Babler Memorial State Park, Wildwood, 7 to 8 p.m. in the open yard next to the Old Nature Center; bring blankets and lawn chairs;

* June 4, Sam A. Baker State Park near Patterson, 7 to 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater;

* June 11, Hawn State Park near Weingarten, 7 to 8 p.m. in the campground amphitheater;

* June 18, Onondaga Cave State Park near Leasburg; concerts will be at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. around the visitor center;

* June 25, St. Francois State Park near Bonne Terre, 6 to 7 p.m. in the campground

“I’m very pleased that we can bring this kind of quality program to Missouri state parks,” said Bill Bryan, Missouri State Parks director. “Part of our mission is to encourage our young people to explore the outdoors and Wildheart’s educational and entertaining message will help us do that,” he said.

Bryan added that he would like to thank Wildheart and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, for making the concerts possible. All shows are free of charge to the public and everyone is invited to attend.

For more information about these shows, call the individual parks where the concerts will be held or call the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit