Arkansas Arts

Arts Scene: Mendelssohn And Visconti

Jan 28, 2016
danvisconti.com

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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.

A fountain outside the Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Backers of a bond issue to revamp the Arkansas Arts Center and also the MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History and MacArthur Park launched their campaign Tuesday. Revenue from a two-cent hotel tax was passed by city officials last November for renovations and will be pledged to $37.5 million in bonds if passed in a special election February 9.

Gary Smith chairs the Committee For Arts and History behind the campaign effort. He told onlookers at the Arts Center that upgrades are in need.

Tales From The South

North Little Rock-based Bourbon & Boots, the online retailer featuring Southern artisan merchandise, has entered into an agreement to purchase Tales From The South, a radio show and media company featuring Southern storytelling. Terms of the private transaction were not disclosed.

blog.arkansas.com

Part 1:

The Arkansas Chamber Singers has given its Christmas Concerts recently in the Old State House Museum, a setting not only artistically, but more importantly, acoustically satisfying, so satisfying that it bids fair to becoming a tradition. John Erwin, director of Choral Studies at UCA in Conway, is the artistic director and conductor of the Chamber Singers, and gives details of the program as well as the theme for the 2015-16 season.

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A two-percent increase in Little Rock's hotel tax will fund improvements to McArthur Park and two of the city's cultural centers housed in the park, provided voters approve designating the revenue from the tax increase accordingly.

The Little Rock Board of Directors Tuesday night (Dec. 1) approved two separate one-penny hotel tax increases and a Feb. 9, 2016 special election related to the increase.

Sundays With TJ

Nov 20, 2015

On this episode of Arts & Letters, we talk with Janice F. Kearney about her memoir Sundays With TJ: 100 Years of Memories on Varner Road--a journey with her 107 year old father, born in 1906, just 40 years after slavery in the town of Lake Village, Arkansas.  

“I chose this role some 50 years ago on Varner Road. Thomas "TJ" Kearney was the storyteller and I, the rememberer of his words, even his unspoken meanings,” writes Kearney.

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