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
12:43 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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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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