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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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.

Violinist Midori & Jazz Musician Chris Brubeck

Apr 7, 2013

Internationally acclaimed violinist Midori visited Little Rock to perform with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and work with young musicians in the area. She talks about her performances, philanthropic efforts and the need for youth orchestras.

Also, Chris Brubeck of the group Triple Play discusses  writing symphonic music for orchestra, jazz and the need to keep improvising, while touching on the influence of his father, Dave Brubeck.

Kevin Cole: Straight From the Soul

Oct 21, 2012

Native son, Kevin Cole, returned to the city of Pine Bluff to showcase and celebrate 25 years of artistry with a retrospective exhibition hosted by the Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Poetry Slam Champ Reads at UALR

Feb 6, 2012

A reading by poet Patricia Smith will take place at UALR on February 6, 2012.

Patricia Smith is the author of six books of poetry, including the 2008 National Book Award finalist Blood Dazzler, chronicling the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, and Teahouse of the Almighty, a National Poetry Series Selection.