Arts Scene

Sundays at Noon on KLRE & at 5:30 p.m. on KUAR
  • Hosted by 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.

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New Opera & Theatre Productions In Arkansas

Jun 16, 2013

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.

New Plays Festival & Artist LaToya Hobbs

Jun 9, 2013
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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".

The cast of Avenue Q
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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.

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.

Clinton School Graduates & Local Author Garry Powell

May 20, 2013

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.

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.

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.

UALR Opera & Scotsman Brian McNeill

Apr 28, 2013

Chair of the UALR Music Department, Karen Bryan chats about the university's  Opera Workshop production of Gian Carlo Menotti's two short operas, "The Telephone" and "The Medium." She also discusses her future plans.

Also, Brian McNeill, Scottish musician, singer and composer is a guest of the Little Rock Folk Club on May 2nd. He delves into his history at the Royal Scottish Academy of Drama and Music, where he he was head of the Scottish Music. He explains why he left that institution in order to return to his first love, performing and composing. / John David Pittman

Movie and Television Actor Robert Walden plays Willy Loman in the Arkansas Repertory Theater's production of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. In this episode of the Arts Scene, he talks about his background and connection to the play. He also reveals his approach to the role.

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Author Richard Ford, recipient of a Pulitzer Prize (for Independence Day) and featured guest of the 10th annual Arkansas Literary Festival, talks about his latest novel, Canada.  The process of writing, the development of characters and setting are topics of this discussion with the writer who once called Little Rock home.