Hear the Arkansas Chamber Singers in Revelry, Reflection, Revelation! today at 3pm

Image result for arkansas chamber singersThe Arkansas Chamber Singers are performing at 3pm today (October 13) at Christ Episcopal Church.  (They also presented this concert on Friday, October 11 at St. Mark’s Episcopal.) This concert kicks off their 40th season.  The Arkansas Chamber Singers are under the direction of John Erwin.

This concert invites audiences to experience the ever popular and exciting Dello Joio composition “A Jubilant Song.”  This ecstatic work with a virtuosic piano accompaniment is set to text adapted from Walt Whitman.

Also, on the program will be ‘a capella’ pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, “Kyrie,” “Ehre sei Gott,” and “Heilig,” all of which are written for double choir and are rich in Romantic harmony.

Featured on three concert will be three works for string quartet, piano, and choir that are quite simply stunning!  “The Hope of Loving” by the young American composer, Jake Runestad, is set in six short movements, each by a different poet, extolling the virtues of love as the hope for mankind.  Also by another American composer, Dan Forrest, the choir will sing “i thank you, God,” set to a text by e. e. cummings. This mesmerizing new work is serene and calming as well as powerfully inspirational.  Brought back by popular demand is the stirring, evocative “Dark Night of the Soul,” by the wonderful Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

$15 Adult
$10 Student
   ($18 Adults, $12 Students at the door)

Music of the Night this weekend in Little Rock presented by Arkansas Chamber Singers

acs nightThis weekend the Arkansas Chamber Singers present their first concerts of the season.  Entitled “Music of the Night,” they will take place at St. Edward’s Catholic Church on Friday evening at 7:30pm and at St. James United Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm.

Under the leadership of John Erwin, artistic director and conductor, the concert features excerpts from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All Night Vigil”, “Sure On This Shining Night” by Morten Lauridsen and “Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine” by Eric Whitacre. The choir will also perform “Dark Night of the Soul” by Ola Gjeilo and “Abendlied”, “O Schne Nacht” and “Sehnsucht” by Johannes Brahms.

Lynn Bauman is the accompanist, and Lisette Christensen is the executive director.


Tickets purchased in advance are $15 Adult and $10 Student; at the door they are $18 Adults, $12 Students.

ASO Launches Neighborhood Concert Series

ASO_revThe Arkansas Symphony Orchestra introduces a new three-concert chamber orchestra series in Little Rock in 2013.

ASO’s Stella Boyle Smith Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series features an opportunity for concertgoers to hear works in unique acoustical settings just like the composers intended.

“We are very excited to be able launch the new Stella Boyle Smith I.N.C. Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series. Our mission is to engage, inspire, connect, and advance Arkansas through the power of music. These concerts achieve each point. Performing in churches will allow the audience to hear the music of Mozart, Rossini and Vaughan Williams in intimate spaces that allow the music to be felt, absorbed, and experienced. To accommodate busy work weeks, these concerts will be short. For those that want to socialize, the musicians will stay after the performance to connect with the audience over refreshments,” said Christina Littlejohn, Executive Director.

Capacity is limited. There will be two general admission seating sections. Premium section subscriptions are $52.50 and Regular section subscriptions are $37.50 for all three concerts. Single tickets are $35 and $25. Tickets for students and active military are $10. Tickets can be purchased online  at www.ArkansasSymphony.org, over the phone at (501) 666-1761, or at the door.


2013 Stella Boyle Smith Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series

January 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. Pulaski Heights Methodist Church

Featuring Justin Bischof, organ

ROSSINI: Barber of Seville: Overture

POULENC: Concerto for Organ

IVES: The Unanswered Question

MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D, “Haffner”


March 14, 2013 at 7 p.m. Christ Church

Featuring Quapaw Quartet, Rockefeller Quartet, and Beth Wheeler, English horn

ELGAR: Introduction and Allegro, op. 47

HIGDON: Soliloquy

VAUGHN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

BARTOK: Romanian Folk Dances


Mozart Requiem with Arkansas Chamber Singers: May 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. First United Methodist Church

Featuring Arkansas Chamber Singers with John Erwin, ACS Music Director

MOZART: Requiem

Arts & Humanities Month: Sunday Afternoon Music Little Rock Wind Symphony; Arkansas Chamber Singers

Little Rock audiences have two options for Sunday afternoon music today. The Little Rock Wind Symphony presents its first concert of this, its 19th season at 3pm at Little Rock’s Second Presbyterian Church.  Under the direction of Dr. Karen Fannin, music director since 2006, the program is entitled Warhorses for Winds.  The featured soloist will be Andy Wen on Alto Saxophone.  His appearance is underwritten by Fran and Dr. Al Nelson.

A highlight will be the world premiere of a new composition commissioned by the Little Rock Wind Symphony – Karen Griebling’s “Moduli Mundi” (“Tunes of the Cosmos”).

The program also consists of:

  • Samuel Barber: “Commando March”
  • Camille De Nardis: “The Universal Judgment”
  • Gustav Holst: “Second Suite in F”
  • Percy Grainger / Sousa: “Country Gardens”
  • Gustav Holst: “Mars”

Also at 3pm, the Arkansas Chamber Singers will be presenting their first concert of the season. Their performance will be in the Great Hall at the Clinton Presidential Center.  (They actually presented this concert as well this past Friday evening at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.)  Since 1979, the Arkansas Chamber Singers have been presenting a variety of classic and contemporary vocal works.

This season has the theme: “Masters in the Hall.”  The first concert is appropriately titled “Masters in Hall, Masters in the Fall.”  Under the direction of artistic director and conductor Dr. John Erwin, the singers will perform works by the Baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi.  The singers will also perform selections by Brahms and Schubert.  To conclude the program, they will present “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre. Joining the singers in this concert will be cellist Stephen Feldman and violinist Israel Getzov.