William Strigel

KLRE Host and Programmer, Classical Music Reviewer

William is excited to join the public radio team.

He hosts classical afternoons on Mondays through Wednesdays, and enjoys working as a classical music librarian for the station. He also writes reviews for cultural events happening in Arkansas.

A classical violinist, he spends his time outside of work performing in orchestras and chamber ensembles around the state. He recently returned from North England after receiving his Master of Arts in Ancient Philosophy. William also holds degrees in Music and Philosophy from the University of Central Arkansas in Conway.

KLRE Classical Music Review
12:02 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Ritual Scenes of Pagan Russia Come To Little Rock

Igor Stravinsky
Credit Wikipedia / Wikipedia

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra took the stage at Robinson Center Saturday night at about twice its normal size. Two Wagner tubas, double timpani, an extended percussion section, bass trumpet and other exotic instruments were all added for this heavy-hitting first concert in the ASO’s 2013-2014 Masterworks series.

By all accounts, the stage was set for Russian extravagance and festivities, as well as (also Russian) scenes of brutal pagan rituals portrayed in Stravinsky’s ground breaking and controversial ballet, 'The Rite of Spring.' 

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Local Arts
12:10 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center 'Yarn-Bombed'

The Finished Product
William Strigel UALR Public Radio

The entrance to the Arkansas Arts Center, as well as the Carrie Remmel Dickinson Fountain, and numerous trees and lampposts outside the museum has been 'yarn-bombed.' Arts Center staff and volunteers began the process Sep. 9 with strings of colorful yarn and hundreds of blankets.

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Arts Exhibit
12:33 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

First Rembrandt Inspires Membership Boost At Arkansas Art Center

Actors posing as royal guards were on hand for the send off of the popular Rembrandt exhibit that closed Sunday evening at the Arkansas Arts Center.
Credit William Strigel / UALRPublicRadio.org

The Arkansas Arts Center added 570 new members, roughly a 15 percent increase, to its roster as a result of its most recent exhibition, “Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London,” according to the center's Chief Financial Officer Laine Harber.

The exhibit of impressionist painters, which included the first Rembrandt painting ever to be displayed in Arkansas, exceeded the center's membership expectations, Harber said. It wrapped up this past Sunday.

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KLRE Classical Music News
3:53 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Hot Springs Sees Progressive Concert Saturday

Pedestrians line the street for a series of free performances in Hot Springs Saturday.
William Strigel KLRE

For those who haven’t been, classical music festivals often last for weeks at a time and offer something on the order of hundreds of performances. There are two going on presently in Arkansas: the Hot Springs Music Festival, which is nearing the end of its 17th Annual Season; and the KUAF/Fulbright Summer Chamber Music Festival in Fayetteville, which is in its Fifth Season.

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Film Review
3:53 pm
Sat June 8, 2013

Branagh's "The Magic Flute" Premieres in Hot Springs This Sunday

Joseph Kaiser as Tamino and Amy Carson as Pamina star in Kenneth Branagh's film version of Mozart's "The Magic Flute."

This Sunday afternoon and Tuesday evening, listeners to classical music in Arkansas will have the opportunity to see Kenneth Branagh’s 2006 English-language film adaptation of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” and that’s because it will mark its theatrical release in the United States with a screening in Hot Springs, as well as other locations around the nation.

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Ballet Review
6:16 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Children's Tale Comes To Life in Pinocchio

The finale to Sunday's performance of "Pinocchio"

If you thought the carnival left Arkansas with the conclusion of the Symphony’s final Pops concert last weekend, you’d be wrong. The Arkansas Festival Ballet’s "The Adventures of Pinocchio" presented its own circus atmosphere this weekend with wandering minstrels and prizes in the lobby and marionette dolls played by children on stage at the Arkansas Arts Center’s Children’s Theater.  The marionettes looked so wooden it was genuinely difficult to tell if they were real.

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Classical Music Review
2:27 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Nothing Dour About Thursday's Requiem

Mozart's Requiem at First United Methodist Church in Little Rock.

A dedicated following of Requiem-lovers, as well as those merely interested in classical music but likely enticed into attendance by the allure of a mythical work, filled the pews of downtown Little Rock’s First United Methodist Church to capacity on Thursday night. The several hundred in attendance turned out for the final concert of the 2012-13 season of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and Arkansas Chamber Singers, in a performance of one of the most popular musical works of the contemporary imagination: Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor, K. 626.

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Classical Music Review
3:30 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Orchestra & Circus Survive and Thrive Through Death-Defying Concert

Cirque de la Symphonie performs with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, May 11.

While you may disagree with the idea of using a circus to get people to listen to classical music, I found nothing wrong with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra’s decision to do so this weekend.

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