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Arkansas Gives today from 8am to 8pm

If you are like me, you’ve been receiving notifications about Arkansas Gives Day for months.  Well, today is the day!  From 8am until 8pm, you can help grow the love for Arkansas’s nonprofit organizations by making a donation to the charity of your choice.  The event is sponsored by the Arkansas Community Foundation.

As a special incentive to give, each gift made through ArkansasGives on April 6, 2017, will be matched with additional bonus dollars; the more you give, the more bonus dollars your favorite charity will receive.

Nonprofit organizations and other tax-exempt charitable organizations may participate if they:

  • Are headquartered in Arkansas or have a base of operations in Arkansas.
  • Have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status under IRS code AND are qualified as a 509(a)(1), (a)(2) or (a)(3) organization or as a private operating foundation.

The minimum amount is $25; there is no maximum amount you may give. You may designate up to 10 charities per transaction.

Accepted Forms of Payment: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit cards online.
You will receive an email receipt of your gift; please retain it for tax purposes. Unless you choose to remain anonymous, your donor information will be sent to the nonprofits to which you give.

Here is a list of cultural organizations which offer services within the boundaries of the City of Little Rock.


There are MANY MANY MANY other worthy nonprofits which are participating. But since this is a culture blog, only the cultural institutions are listed.  But please consider visiting the website and perusing the entire list.


The Little Rock Wind Symphony Christmas Concert is tonight

‘Tis the season to be jolly and the Little Rock Wind Symphony offers a concert of musical merriment with a twist of folly.

This child-friendly concert includes other holiday favorites featuring the musicians of the Little Rock Wind Symphony joined by Christine Donahue, soprano; McAfferty School of Irish Dance; combined children’s choirs from Roberts Elementary School and Second Presbyterian Church. The concert will conclude with the audience sing-along.  Music Director Israel Getzov conducts.

There will be a silent auction before the concert, offering lots of items to fill those Christmas stockings. The auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and bidding will conclude at the end of the concert intermission.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $8 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.

Darth Vader and Trombones tonight with the Little Rock Wind Symphony

lrws darthA long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… there were trombones! Join the Little Rock Wind Symphony for the concert of the intergalactic kind!

Israel Getzov conducts the evening which features solisits Justin Cook, trombone.

The program includes:

Alfred Reed: Hounds of Spring
Richard Wagner: “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Lohengrin
Jacques Press: Wedding Dance
Meredith Wilson: 76 Trombones
Richard Peaslee: Arrows of Time
     Justin Cook, trombone
John Williams: Stars Wars Trilogy
7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 25th at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.

LR Wind Symphony concert tonight including Rep. French Hill as guest conductor

french-hill-161Congressman French Hill will be a guest conductor of the Little Rock Wind Symphony for the band’s Christmas concert 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 10 at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock.  Rep. Hill is the recipient of the conductor’s baton, which was auctioned off this summer at the band’s annual Flag Day concert.  Hill will lead the performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Leroy Anderson.

This child-friendly concert includes other holiday favorites, including the LRWS’s traditional presentation of “O Holy Night”, this year sung by soprano soloist Suzanne Loerch.  The delightful Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir returns to entertain and the LRWS Brass Choir will feature prominently on the program.  The concert will conclude with the audience sing-along.  Music Director Israel Getzov conducts.

There will be a silent auction before the concert, offering lots of items to fill those Christmas stockings. The auction opens at 6:30 p.m. and bidding will conclude at the end of the concert intermission.

Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults, $8 for adults 65 and over, and free for students.



Christmas Festival

Jesse Ayers:                      Fanfare for Christmas Morning

                                          LRWS Brass Choir

Leroy Anderson:              Christmas Festival

Victor Herbert:                March of the Toys

Paul Carey:                       Peace on Earth…and lots of little crickets

Roberts Elementary School Children’s Choir

David Foster / Brown:     Grown-up Christmas List

Suzanne Loerch, mezzo soprano

Tchaikovsky / Curnow     Nutcracker Suite

J.S. Bach / Reed                 Sheep May Safely Graze

Lopez & Lopez / Bulla      Symphonic Highlights fromFrozen”

Adolph Adam / Lovrien    O Holy Night

Suzanne Loerch, mezzo soprano

Leroy Anderson:              Sleigh Ride

                                          U.S. Rep. French Hill, Christmas Conductor

Warren Barker:               It’s Christmas!

                                          Audience Sing-Along



A British Invasion at the Little Rock Wind Symphony tonight

LRWS flagThe Little Rock Wind Symphony opens its 2015-16 season with “British Invasion,” a program of British music for winds.  Israel Getzov conducts in his debut concert as the LRWS music director.  The concert starts at 7:30pm at Second Presbyterian Church.

The program includes:

  • Jacques Offenbach: La Belle Hélène
  • Gustav Holst: First Suite for Military Band
  • John Williams: Cowboys Overture
  • Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
  • Malcolm Arnold: The Padstow Lifeboat

Sponsored by Robert and Jo Ann McQuade.

Admission is $10, $8 for seniors, free for students.

The Little Rock Wind Symphony was created in 1993 to recognize the outstanding heritage of the wind band in Arkansas by providing a performance opportunity for professional and semi-professional wind and percussion musicians.

Monday Musings: Bob Bidewell

BidewellBob Bidewell is the founder of The Studio Theatre, organist, musical director, musician, singer, actor and theatre director.  In addition to The Studio Theatre, he has long been involved in the Central Arkansas Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Little Rock Wind Symphony (both of which have upcoming events this week).  He has served in leadership roles of those and many other arts organizations in Central Arkansas.  As an actor, he has shared the stage with Broadway stars Matt Cavenaugh and Kyle Dean Massey.  Later this month The Studio Theatre will be performing the musical satire Reefer Madness.

-My earliest memory was (age and incident):
1-2 years old. Hearing train whistles and begging my parents to take me to see the trains.
-When I was in high school and imagined my adulthood, I thought I would be…
Band Director.
-Star Wars, Star Trek, Battle of the Network Stars, or Dancing with the Stars?
Star Wars.
-I most identify with the Winnie the Pooh character of…
Owl (not because I’m intelligent and brilliant but that I’m older, somewhat wiser and love to teach).
-The performer I’d drop everything to see is…
Carol Burnett.
-My first paying job was…
Mowing Neighbors Lawns.
-A book I think everyone should read is….
A Time to Kill (John Grisham).
-My favorite season is…
-We are all geeks (or experts) about something. My field is….
Musical Theatre.

Creative Class of 2015: Israel Getzov

Israel Getzov 286x400Newly appointed Little Rock Wind Symphony music director and conductor Israel Getzov has won wide acclaim for his ability to evoke expressive and enthusiastic performances from his musicians, and begins his inaugural season with the LRWS in 2015-2016.

Getzov is also the music director of the Conway Symphony Orchestra and the principal conductor of the Tianjin (China) Philharmonic. He is in demand as guest conductor in the United States as well as China.

As the Assistant Conductor of the Arkansas Symphony from 2001-2008, Getzov led classical subscription, pops, and education concerts as well as numerous outreach concerts around the state.

Getzov also hosted his own weekly radio program called “Izzy Investigates” on KLRE Classical 90.5 in Little Rock, and has performed live on WFMT and WBEZ in Chicago.

Raised in Chicago, Mr. Getzov’s musical studies began with the violin at age four, and later included percussion, which he played in his schools’ wind ensembles and jazz bands. At sixteen he earned a position in the violin section of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago.

Getzov holds a bachelor of music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University and a master’s degree in conducting from the Cleveland Institute of Music, and received additional training at the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival and the National Conducting Institute with the National Symphony Orchestra.