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
12:59 pm
Sun July 7, 2013

America And Its Trees

Eric Rutkow, author of the book American Canopy: Trees, Forests & The Making of a Nation, is a guest on this week's program. He was also a featured author at the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival this year. He talks about how this book first came about while explaining his fascination with trees and their unique role as seen through the lens of history. 

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Arts Scene
12:05 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

2013-14 ASO Masterworks Concert Series

Philip Mann
Credit http://www.arkansassymphony.org/

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Music Director Philip Mann introduces the 2013-14 Masterworks Concert Series. He describes how he put together this season's selections which include works by Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky and Mahler. Mann talks about the soloists who are coming to perform and the ASO's "Composer of the Year," who will give a world premiere of a work written for the ASO musicians.

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Arts Scene
12:10 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Double Reed Players & Chris Brubeck

Logo for The International Double Reed Conference
Credit idrs.org

English Horn player Beth Wheeler and Lorraine Duso Kitts, an oboist, are heading to the International Double Reed Conference in Los Angeles. They have been invited there by composer John Steinmetz. Steinmetz also composed the piece that he, Wheeler and Kitts will perform as the DDG Trio. The theme of this year's conference is American Composers. All three talk about how excited they are to be part of the event. 

Also, Chris Brubeck of the group Triple Play, explains how his father Dave's last appearance was recorded. It is now available on CD.

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Arts Scene
12:04 pm
Sun June 16, 2013

New Opera & Theatre Productions In Arkansas

Thomas Cockrell
Credit opera.org

Tom Cockrell is the Artistic Director of Opera in the Ozarks. He elaborates on his preparation for this year's festival auditions and works which include Madame Butterfly, Elixir of Love and The Pirates of Penzance.

Also, Bob Hupp, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's producing Artistic Director discusses the highlights of the upcoming 2013-2014 season. The reasons behind these selections are topics of this conversation.

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Arts Scene
9:12 am
Sun June 9, 2013

New Plays Festival & Artist LaToya Hobbs

Credit TheatreSquared Facebook page

Bob Ford and Martin Miller are, respectively, the Artistic and Managing Directors of TheatreSquared. The northwest Arkansas company will be hosting its 5th annual New Plays Festival this month (June 14-16). The festival will feature readings of four new plays by several professional actors as well as performances of 10 minute plays by Arkansas High Schoolers and a 24-Hour "Play-Off".

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Arts Scene
9:44 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Avenue Q & A Festival's "Coming Of Age"

Credit John David Pittman / Arkansas Repertory Theatre

Robert Kolby Harper is director of the Arkansas Rep's final show this season, Avenue Q. He explains the appeal of this unusual musical, winner of 3 Tony awards and why it is great fun.

Also, Music Director Peter Bay and General Director Todd Cranson of the 18th Hot Springs Music Festival continue their discussion about this year's theme for the festival, "Coming of Age". The festival also celebrates the 100th birthday of Benjamin Britten as well as the 200th of Richard Wagner and Giuseppe Verdi.

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The Arts Scene
1:24 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Famed Little Rock-Born Journalist & The Hot Springs Music Festival

Debra Mathis
Credit arblackhalloffame.org

On this week's program: Debra Mathis, Little Rock native, activist, political writer and journalist is the keynote speaker for the 69th annual Arkansas Writers Conference on May 31st and Junes 1st in Little Rock. She tells about where she's been and what she's been up to since leaving Arkansas' capital city around 1992.

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Arts Scene
3:07 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Clinton School Graduates & Local Author Garry Powell

The Clinton School's Sturgis Hall
Credit clintonschool.uasys.edu

Two graduates from the 7th class of the Clinton School of Public Service, Andrea Price and John Vollertsen, both from Arkansas, discuss their experience at the school and their future plans.

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Arts Scene
2:20 pm
Sun May 12, 2013

Library Architecture & The Final Intimate Neighborhood Concert

The Children's Library on 10th Street in Little Rock.
Credit inarkansas.com

Bobby Roberts, Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, discusses the building of the new Children's Library. Other topics include the CALS's next event, part of a lecture series presented by the Architecture and Design Network, where Roberts and architect Reese Rowland will describe process. The lecture takes place at the new library at 6 pm, Tuesday May 14th.

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Arts Scene
4:15 pm
Sun May 5, 2013

Youth Orchestra Plays Alongside The ASO & The River City Men's Chorus Closes Out Their Season

Geoffrey Robson
Credit arkansassymphony.org

Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor Geoffrey Robson, Concert Master Taylor McKie and Principle Viola Olivia Richardson talk about their upcoming side-by-side concert with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Both McKie and Richardson are High School Seniors. Olivia is also winner of the ASO Guild SBS Young Artist Competition in piano. The three guests also talk about the visit of internationally acclaimed violinist Midori to Little Rock.

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