Arkansas Arts

Mourner's Bench

Feb 26, 2016

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Arkansas Delta novelist and Ph.D student Sanderia Faye, whose novel Mourner's Bench published by The University of Arkansas Press in 2015, recounts the experiences of Sarah Jones from the summer of 1964 to the fall of 1965. Sarah is an eight year old who has to “navigate the growing tensions of the fictional small town of Maeby, Arkansas.”

Arts Scene: Bobby Roberts

Feb 14, 2016
arktimes.com

It was something of a shock to hear that Bobby Roberts, Director of the Central Arkansas Library System, was retiring. Under his leadership, so much has developed: in the buildings that now serve the downtown campus in the River Market District, a children's library, neighborhood libraries built where the need was apparent. Bobby came to talk about this decision, so, of course, we went back a bit. Born in Helena, well known for its blues festival, a graduate of Helena's Central High School - as he tells it - gave little indication of what he has since achieved and how he did it.

Arts Scene: Composer And Recordist Michael Fine

Feb 12, 2016
finesoundproductions.com

The last two weeks in January, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra had an extra-full engagement calendar. Neighborhood concerts, Masterworks pair, new works, visiting composers, and on the 31st, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Youth Orchestra's spring concert. Among the notables on-hand, was musician Michael Fine, a name to conjure with in the recording of classical music. And the recordings he has produced have won just about every major award in the classical recording industry.

Committee Lobbies Little Rock Voters On Hotel Tax For Art Center Improvements

Feb 2, 2016

To kick off early voting, supporters are encouraging Little Rock residents to vote yes on a bond issue benefiting the Arkansas Arts Center, MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, and MacArthur Park.

Arts Scene: Linda Holzer And Caroline Doctorow

Feb 1, 2016
Kelly Hicks

Part 1: My first guest today, pianist Linda Holzer, has always brought new ideas to the recitals she presents at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, often with guests, friends or colleagues from the UALR music faculty, where she is professor of music and coordinator of piano studies. This by no means covers the whole range, which includes piano lessons and an interdisciplinary course with a professor from the UALR George W. Donaghey College of Engineering and Information Technology.

There are new works in her recital, but nothing of technology to challenge her audience. She opens the program, joined by baritone and faculty member Farris Allen in three songs, including Prayers and Blessings, a new work by well-known composer Gwyneth Walker. And Linda continues her concept of ear-opener in her program title Ear-Opener! A Celebration of the Known and the New.

Arts Scene: Mendelssohn And Visconti

Jan 28, 2016
danvisconti.com

Part 1:

What has been called the best-known violin concerto in the world, the best-loved, most easily recognized? All of these apply to the violin concerto by Felix Mendelssohn. An Arkansas audience will certainly be caught up in it from the opening measures January 30-31. The soloist, Kiril Laskarov, is the Arkansas Symphony's Concert Master. He is from Bulgaria, where he received his training, up to his bachelors degree, from the state academy of music in Sofia. In 1995 he won the Bulgarian national competition and all that implied before moving to America where he earned his masters degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He was brought to Arkansas by then-maestro David Itkin to be one of the newly established co-concert masters. He is now in his 17th year with the ASO. 

Pop Up In The Rock

Jan 27, 2016
Mary Ellen Kubit

Each year, "Pop Up in the Rock” focuses on a neglected block in Little Rock and illustrates what is possible when community volunteers reclaim the block.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Part 1:

Arkansas Rep's fourth show of its 2015-2016 season was a bit upstaged by the headlines announcing its director Bob Hupp's resignation, but that news will be two weeks old when Peter and the Starcatcher opens on January 22. Another departure from the usual for Peter and the Starcatcher, is that this is a shared production with Theatre Squared, the northwest Arkansas repertory theater in Fayetteville, which held the production slot for its Christmas show which closed January 3. 

John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Arkansas-born poet C. D. Wright has died at the age of 67. She was born Carolyn D. Wright in Mountain Home, Arkansas on January 6, 1949. Her mother was a court reporter, her father a judge. She grew up near Harrison, attended Memphis State University and later went to the MFA creative writing program at the University of Arkansas Fayetteville in the mid-1970's. 

 

TheRep.org

The artistic director at The Arkansas Repertory Theater is resigning after 17 years in Little Rock.

KUAR's David Monteith spoke with Bob Hupp who is currently in New York conducting auditions for The Rep’s upcoming production of Windfall, which is being directed by Jason Alexander.

Windfall, scheduled for June 10-26, will close The Rep’s 40th season and also be the final production under Hupp’s leadership at the theater.

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