Or­ches­tra’s cham­ber se­ries fea­tures Tchaikovsky’s Trio

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - ERIC E. HAR­RI­SON

Ar­kan­sas Sym­phony Or­ches­tra co- con­cert­mas­ter Kiril Laskarov, vi­o­lin; Stephen Feld­man, cello; and Kara Benyas, pi­ano, will play the Pi­ano Trio in a mi­nor, op.50, by Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky for the or­ches­tra’s River Rhap­sodies Cham­ber Mu­sic Se­ries, 7 p.m. Tues­day at the Clin­ton Pres­i­den­tial Cen­ter, 1200 Pres­i­dent Clin­ton Ave., Lit­tle Rock.

The or­ches­tra’s Rock­e­feller String Quar­tet — Tr­isha Mc­Gov­ern Freeney and Kather­ine Wil­liamson, vi­o­lin; Kather­ine Reynolds, vi­ola; and Ethan Young, cello — will play John Adams’ String Quar­tet No. 1.

Tick­ets are $23, $10 for stu­dents and ac­tive duty mil­i­tary. Call (501) 666-1761, Ex­ten­sion 100, or visit ArkansasSym­phony.org.

Daisy re­union

Driv­ing Miss Daisy cast mem­bers Candyce Hin­kle, Jeff Bai­ley and Ralus­rai Richard­son put on a re­union pro­duc­tion of Al­fred Uhry’s award-win­ning play, open­ing Tues­day and run­ning through March 25 at Murry’s Din­ner Play­house, 6323 Col. Glenn Road, Lit­tle Rock, and part of Murry’s 50th an­niver­sary lineup.

Doors and buf­fet open 90 min­utes be­fore cur­tain: 7:30 p.m. Tues­day-Satur­day, 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sun­day (Wednes­day mati­nees only, March 1, 8, and 15). Tick­ets are $35-$37, $23 for chil­dren 15 and younger; show only, $25 and $15. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit mur­rysdp.com.

Danc­ing feet

Troika En­ter­tain­ment’s na­tional tour of the mu­si­cal 42nd Street — mu­sic by Harry War­ren, lyrics by Al Du­bin, book by Mark Bram­ble and Michael Ste­wart, based on the novel by Bradford Ropes — will make two stops in Ar­kan­sas this week:

7:30 p.m. Tues­day, Don­ald W. Reynolds Per­for­mance Hall, Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas, 201 Don­aghey Ave., Con­way. Tick­ets: $30-$40, $10 for chil­dren and stu­dents, dis­counts for se­nior cit­i­zens and UCA alumni. Call (501) 4503265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit uca.edu/reynolds.

7:30 p.m. Wednes­day, Ar­cBest Corp. Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, Fort Smith Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, 55 S. Sev­enth St., Fort Smith. Tick­ets are $42$45. Call (479) 788-7300 or visit tick­ets.uafs.edu.

Four Bitchin’ Babes

Four Bitchin’ Babes — Debi Smith, Sally Fin­gerett, Nancy Mo­ran and Deirdre Flint — will per­form comedic mu­sic at 7:30 p.m. Satur­day at the Blue Lion at UAFS Down­town, 101 N. Sec­ond St., Fort Smith, part of the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas at Fort Smith’s Sea­son at the Blue Lion. Tick­ets are $25. Call (479) 7887300, email box-of­fice@uafs.edu or visit tick­ets.uafs.edu.

SoNA plays Si­belius

Vi­o­lin­ist Alexi Ken­ney joins the Sym­phony of North­west Ar­kan­sas and con­duc­tor Paul Haas to play the Vi­o­lin Con­certo by Jean Si­belius, 7: 30 p. m. Satur­day, Baum Walker Hall, Fayet­teville’s Wal­ton Arts Cen­ter, 495 W. Dick­son St.

Also on the pro­gram: Fra­tres for strings and percussion by Arvo Part and Lud­wig van Beethoven’s Sym­phony No. 5 in c mi­nor, op.67. Con­cert spon­sor is High­lands On­col­ogy; un­der­writ­ing for Ken­ney’s ap­pear­ance comes from Ar­vest. Tick­ets are $30-$52, $10 for col­lege

stu­dents with a valid stu­dent ID. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit son­amu­sic.org.

Surfer speaks

Big-wave surfer, artist, sci­en­tist and ex­plorer Easkey Brit­ton will give a talk ti­tled “Be Like Wa­ter: Re­flec­tions on De­vel­op­ing a Cross-Cul­tural Pro­gram for Women, Surf­ing and So­cial Good,” 6 p.m. Wednes­day in the Rogers Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at Univer­sity of the Ozarks, 415 N. Col­lege Ave., Clarksville, part of the Univer­sity’s 201617 Wal­ton Arts & Ideas Se­ries. Ad­mis­sion is free. Call (479) 979-1433.

Blue­grass Mon­day

The Kevin Prater Band — Prater, man­dolin; Tom Tim­ber­lake, gui­tar; Adam Bur­rows, fid­dle; Danny Stilt­ner, bass; and Jake Bur­rows, banjo — will per­form for Jones­boro ra­dio sta­tion KASU-FM, 91.9’s Blue­grass Mon­day se­ries at 7 p.m. Mon­day at the Collins Theatre, 120 W. Emer­son St., Paragould. The sta­tion will lit­er­ally “pass the hat” to pay the musicians; sug­gested do­na­tion is $5 per per­son. Call (870) 972-2367, email mscar­bro@as­tate.edu or visit the Blue­grass Mon­day Face­book page.

Springdale show

A man ( Billy Bryant) whose wife died two years be­fore fi­nally learns to keep on liv­ing in To Gil­lian on Her 37th Birth­day by Michael Brady, on­stage at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day-Satur­day and March 10-11 and 3 p.m. March 5 at the Arts Cen­ter of the Ozarks, 214 S. Main, Springdale. Tick­ets are $15, $10 for stu­dents. Call (479) 751-5441 or visit acozarks.org.


Com­mu­nity Theatre of Lit­tle Rock will hold au­di­tions for Life Is Short by Craig Pospisil, 3 p.m. Satur­day and 6:30 p.m. March 5 at the Stu­dio Theatre, 320 W. Sev­enth St., Lit­tle Rock. Di­rec­tor Tr­isha H. Spi­one will cast sev­eral men and women over age 18 via cold read­ings from the script. Pro­duc­tion dates are May 11-21. Call (501) 410-2283 (ACT3) or visit ctlr-act.org.

March 27 is the dead­line for stu­dents at­tend­ing or plan­ning to at­tend an Ar­kan­sas col­lege and ma­jor in mu­sic to ap­ply to au­di­tion for the Ar­kan­sas Choral So­ci­ety’s $1,000 Wang Mu­sic Schol­ar­ship, 7 p.m. March 30 at Cal­vary Bap­tist Church, 5700 Cantrell Road, Lit­tle Rock. Au­di­tion­ers should pre­pare one se­lec­tion and pro­vide sheet mu­sic for the ac­com­pa­nist. Judges will be Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas fac­ulty mem­ber Martha An­to­lik and Choral So­ci­ety Mu­sic Di­rec­tor Kent Skin­ner (also di­rec­tor of choral ac­tiv­i­ties at the Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas at Mon­ti­cello). Ap­pli­ca­tion forms are avail­able on­line at love­tos­ing.org. Call (870) 460-1288.

Cleve­land area-based Res­o­nanz Opera will hold au­di­tions, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 18 in the Stella Boyle Smith Con­cert Hall, Fine Arts Build­ing, Univer­sity of Ar­kan­sas at Lit­tle Rock, 2801 S. Univer­sity Ave., Lit­tle Rock, for its 2017 Singing Arts Fes­ti­val, a three-week study pro­gram in con­junc­tion with the Louise Davis Sav­age Main­stage Opera Fes­ti­val, Aug. 14-27 in Willoughby, Ohio.

To ap­ply for an au­di­tion, email to Res­o­nanz founder, pres­i­dent and artis­tic di­rec­tor Heidi Skok (hskok@res­o­nan­z­opera.org) your re­sume, cur­ricu­lum vi­tae or short bi­og­ra­phy; a head shot; the au­di­tion lo­ca­tion (ad­di­tional au­di­tions will take place in New York, Chicago and Cleve­land); and a list of at least three arias that show your voice and stage pres­ence to your best ad­van­tage (at least one aria must be in English). Singers can sub­mit a high- qual­ity DVD in place of an in-per­son au­di­tion. Ad­di­tional de­tails are avail­able at res­o­nan­z­opera.org/au­di­tions.

Res­o­nanz bills it­self as “a na­tional opera com­pany with a holis­tic ap­proach to the de­vel­op­ment of top-tiered opera singers.” The fes­ti­val will in­clude per­for­mances of Mau­rice Ravel’s L’En­fant et les sor­ti­leges (sung in English), Fran­cis Poulenc’s Di­a­logues of the Carmelites, Thomas Pasatieri’s Be­fore Break­fast and Peter Skog­gard’s La voix per­due.

Skok, a mezzo- so­prano who has sung at the Metropoli­tan Opera, will also con­duct master classes March 16 in Con­way — 1:30 p.m. in the Snow Fine Arts Build­ing, Univer­sity of Cen­tral Ar­kan­sas, 201 Don­aghey Ave., and 3 p.m. in Reves Recital Hall at Hen­drix Col­lege, 1600 Wash­ing­ton Ave. Both are free and open to the pub­lic. Email pri­madon­ahue@con­way­corp.net or griebling@hen­drix.edu.

42nd Street will be on­stage Tues­day in Con­way and Wednes­day in Fort Smith.

Four Bitchin’ Babes — (clock­wise from top) Debi Smith, Sally Fin­gerett, Deirdre Flint and Nancy Mo­ran — per­form Satur­day in Fort Smith.

Easkey Brit­ton, big-wave surfer, artist, sci­en­tist and ex­plorer, will give a talk Wednes­day at the Univer­sity of the Ozarks in Clarksville.

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