Copland’s Rodeo, Pieces by Bartok and Ginastera on Arkansas Symphony Weekend Program, with guest conductor Carolyn Kuan

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra presents the third concert of the 2019-2020 Stella Boyle Smith Masterworks season: Copland’s Rodeo, Saturday, January 25th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 26th at 3:00 p.m. in the Robinson Center.

The ASO is proud to present Copland’s Rodeo featuring guest conductor Carolyn Kuan and the works of Ginastera, Bartók and Copland.  Copland’s Rodeo is sponsored by The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild. The Masterworks Series is sponsored by the Stella Boyle Smith Trust.

Interim Artistic Director, Geoffrey Robson, gives these notes: “Orchestral showpieces dominate the first masterworks concert of 2020. All the works show the distinct character of music from the composers’ homelands. Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera composed 11 variations on an original theme in his Variaciones Concertantes, each of which features a different instrument in the orchestra. The solos are legendary among orchestral musicians.

Béla Bartók brings the folk music of Hungary to life in his lively, funky, beautiful Dance Suite. The work is very accessible to the ear and deeply expressive. The American master Aaron Copland wrote Rodeo as a ballet, choreographed by Agnes de Mille. The Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, the concert version, showcases his quintessential American sound and concludes with the famous Hoedown, one of the most recognized melodies of the 20th century.”

Image result for carolyn kuanRecognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility, Carolyn Kuan has enjoyed successful associations with top tier orchestras, opera companies, ballet companies, and festivals worldwide. Her commitment to contemporary music has defined her approach to programming, and established her as an international resource for new music and world premieres. Appointed Music Director of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011, she has signed a six-year contract extending their creative collaboration through May, 2022.

Tickets are $16, $36, $57, and $70; active duty military and student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at www.ArkansasSymphony.org; at the Robinson Center street-level box office beginning 90 minutes prior to a concert; or by phone at 501-666-1761, ext. 1. All Arkansas students grades K-12 are admitted to Sunday’s matinee free of charge with the purchase of an adult ticket using the Entergy Kids’ Ticket, downloadable at https://www.arkansassymphony.org/freekids.

Program
GINASTERA                        Variaciones Concertantes
BARTÓK                             Dance Suite
COPLAND                          Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes  

Arkansas Sounds relives the glory of Magic 105 tonight at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater

Growing up in Little Rock in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s, you were likely to listen to radio station KMJX, better known as Magic 105.

Tonight (January 24), Arkansas Sounds pays tribute to Central Arkansas radio station Magic 105 (1980-2008) with photos and audio clips.  The event will be at the CALS Ron Robinson Theater.

It will also feature a panel discussion with former Magic 105 on-air personalities including Tom Wood, Tommy Smith, Carole Kramer, David Allen Ross, Sharpe Dunaway, Danny Joe Crafford and many more!

FREE ADMISSION! Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Show will start at 7:00 p.m. Beer, wine, and concessions will be available.

Ownership change in the works for South on Main; Oxford American 2020 concerts remain there at present

Today it was announced that South on Main owners/operators Chef Matthew and Amy Bell will be relocating outside of Arkansas and will be transitioning restaurant/venue operations to new proprietors after the first week of February 2020.

The Oxford American put out a statement that it is grateful for their generosity of culinary talent, commitment, and investment in the creation of South on Main. They’ve made South on Main a special place for so many people in our community. For seven years they have been enthusiastic partners of the Oxford American in the shared pursuit of enhancing our region’s cultural landscape. We thank them and wish them the very best.

The OA staff are working with the new operators to ensure no interruption of Oxford American concerts. At this time, all Oxford American shows will proceed as scheduled.

This includes the following concerts:

      • January 30 | Fred Hersch Trio (Jazz Series)
      • February 18 | Todd Snider (Special Addition)
      • February 19 | Todd Snider (Special Addition)
      • February 20 | Jon Cleary (Americana Series)
      • February 26 | Elio Villafranca & The Jass Syncopators (Special Addition)
      • March 12 | John Fullbright (Archetypes & Troubadours Series)
      • March 15 | John Moreland (Special Addition)
      • March 26 | Mary Gauthier (Americana Series)
      • April 16 | Ranky Tanky (Archetypes & Troubadours Series)
      • April 23 | Miguel Zenón Quartet (Jazz Series)

Patrons having questions about tickets, should contact the Oxford American directly by phone at 501-374-0000 and speak with Kendel Haycook at extension 201.

Arts Take Action today at Wildwood Park

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Arts Take Action is a student-led fundraising performance benefitting young adults in Central Arkansas.
Today at 3pm their first event will take place at Wildwood Park for the Arts.  Tickets are available at Wildwood.
High schoolers from around Little Rock will share their art in this competition. The competitive event format will feature a variety of mediums including acting/musical theatre, vocal, art, dance and instrument. Winners will be voted on by the audience. All proceeds of the event will support Immerse Arkansas.
The purpose is to raise money for teens in crisis. With their mission set with #teenshelpingteens, this is a chance to support their goal of helping turn teen survivors into “overcomers”.

Three Little Rock arts organizations announced as NEA grant recipients

Three Little Rock organizations were announced today as recipients of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.  They are: Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Music Society of Little Rock, and the Oxford American magazine.

Each year, more than 4,500 communities large and small throughout the United States benefit from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to nonprofits. For the NEA’s first of two major grant announcements of fiscal year 2019, more than $25 million in grants across all artistic disciplines will be awarded to nonprofit organizations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. These grants are for specific projects and range from performances and exhibitions, to healing arts and arts education programs, to festivals and artist residencies.

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Society, Inc.
$10,000
Challenge America
To support concert performances and related outreach activities.

Chamber Music Society of Little Rock
$10,000
Challenge America
To support a series of chamber music performances and related educational programming.

Oxford American Literary Project
$20,000
Art Works — Literature
To support publication and promotion of the magazine.