Arts Scene

Sunday at 10 a.m. on KUAR & Sunday at Noon on KLRE
Ann Nicholson

Arts Scene explores what's happening in the arts in Arkansas. Since 1985, Ann Nicholson has produced and hosted this weekly fine arts magazine.

Where there is an arts performance, art exhibit, or a literary artist with a new book, Nicholson is there. She maintains close connections with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, UALR Artspree and Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs.

"I want our listeners to gain a new experience from each program. I look for persons in the arts that I think will not only indulge my interests, but also those in the audience. I try to give them a little bit of extra personal background that they wouldn't get anywhere else," says Nicholson.

Born in India, the daughter of a British Army Officer, and educated in India, Kashmir, Scotland, and England, Nicholson immigrated to Canada in 1958 and then to the United States in 1962. She received a double BA degree in music education and music history from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Nicholson continued her graduate education in Musicology at the University of Kentucky. Ann was the recipient of the 2003 Aha! Cultural Spirit Award, in recognition of her years of work supporting the arts community in Arkansas.

Contact information: ann@kuar.org

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Arts Scene
12:24 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Steve Owen at Artspree & Dublin Guitar Quartet

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Arts Scene
11:23 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Arkansas Symphony's Rock Camp & "Tuesdays with Morrie" at the Weekend Theater

Rachel Barton Price and Geoff Robson with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra talk about "Rock Camp," a three-day intense music camp for youth happening March 28-30.

Alan Douglas and Case Dillard discuss "Tuesday at Morrie," a play that opens at the Weekend Theater in Little Rock on April 4. 

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Arts Scene
3:12 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

The Hourglass Project at Hendrix & Opera Singer Susanne Mentzer at UCA

The Hourglass Project

The Hendrix College Department of Theatre, Arts, and Dance will produce the world premiere of The Hourglass Project, by award-winning playwright Lee Blessing, on Wednesday, March 5, through Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.  

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Arts Scene
2:23 pm
Sun September 29, 2013

Betty Soo Performs At Wildwood & Little Rock Chamber Music Society Celebrates 60th Year

Betty Soo performs.
Credit Dave Hensley / flickr.com

Betty Soo, acoustic guitarist and singer, headlines the Wildwood Acoustic Festival. The event features family attractions and many acoustic bands.  Soo will conduct a workshop on songwriting on Friday, the 27th at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The festival will be Saturday the 28th at Wildwood Park. She talks about how she broke from a more conventional background to write and sing songs. She is becoming popular and successful.

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Arts Scene
1:32 pm
Sun September 22, 2013

Second Annual Arkansas Sounds Festival & The Cassatt Quartet Tours Arkansas

Credit Arkansas Sounds Music Festival

The Arkansas Sounds Music Festival is in its second year and director John Miller and Lee Ann Blackwell of the Central Arkansas Library's Public Relations team join us for this week's program to talk about it. They inform us of the diverse array of bands and musical artists that are slated to play and how each has strong connections to the state of Arkansas. Last year's festival program was very successful, the organizers say. They hope to keep the last Friday and Saturday in September reserved for the festival many years ahead.

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Arts Scene
1:22 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Pianist Martina Filjak & The Director Of The Arkansas Arts Center's Children's Theater

Martina Filjak
Credit http://www.arkansassymphony.org/

Pianist Martina Filjak is a guest on this week's program. She is set to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto # 1 in B minor with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, as part of the ASO's Masterworks season opener. She discusses her childhood in Croatia and how she kept focus on her training despite undergoing the hardships of her country's War of Independence. She comments both on her career since that difficult time and on the piece she is slated to perform at her upcoming concert in Little Rock.

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Arts Scene
12:43 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

UALR Artspree Opener & UCA Public Appearances Calendar

Mezzo-soprano Sasha Cooke will perform at Artspree's 2013-14 season opener.
Credit ualr.edu

Sasha Cooke, mezzo-soprano, opens this year's Artspree Season at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Stella Boyle Smith concert hall. Cooke is a well established opera singer,  fostering a career that may place her in the next generation of memorable singers. She talks about her background and growing up in Texas. There she was raised by parents who loved all forms of art: exhibits, theater, concerts, etc.

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Arts Scene
11:38 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Pal Joey & Artist INC

Producer Peter Schneider and writer Patrick Pacheco discuss how they have reshaped The Rogers and Hart 1940 musical Pal Joey. The new production will have its premiere outing at the start of the Arkansas Repertory Theater's 2013-14 season.

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Arts Scene
5:32 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center Welcomes Old Masters And TheatreSquared Announces New Season

Portrait of the Artist, ca. 1665 by Rembrandt van Rijn
Credit American Federation of Arts

Todd Herman, Director of the Arkansas Arts Center discusses the Kenwood House exhibit, featuring works from Rembrandt, Van Dycke, Gainsborough and other masters. Herman tells how the exhibit came to Little Rock, one of only four U.S. cities to host it (Houston, Seattle, Milwaukee were the others) . He answers those pressing questions 'Why?' and 'How?' this impressive exhibit could possibly reach this small city. The exhibit closes September 28th.

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Arts Scene
1:46 pm
Sun July 14, 2013

Fantasy Author & Heifer Advocate Patrick Rothfuss

Patrick Rothfuss at the Heifer Ranch
Credit Arktimes.com

Patrick Rothfuss, author of The King Killer Chronicle, discusses this ongoing trilogy of fantasy novels.  He has already published The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear, both now in paperback.  His third work in the trilogy is eagerly awaited by many.

In this program he describes his passion for reading all subjects, particularly Fantasy, and discusses genre as well as his approach to writing. Rothfuss is also admired locally for his efforts to raise money for Heifer International.

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