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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Oboist, violist, horn player excel in high school concerto contest

by Eric E. Harrison | May 31, 2009 at 2:21 a.m.

— Andreas Oeste, a Conway oboist, won the woodwind division and the Phillip Gullic Award, the grand prize, at the second University of Central Arkansas/Conway Symphony Orchestra High School Concerto Competition on May 16 at UCA in Conway.

Kerah Williams, a violist from Little Rock, won the string division; Garrett Law of Stuttgart, who plays the French horn, won the brass division. Division winners each received $350; the top prize, donated by Kim and Phillip Gullic of Conway, is worth another $500.

Eleven high school students from Conway, Van Buren, Stuttgart, Dardanelle, North Little Rock, Little Rock, Brinkley and Fort Smith participated.

God's Man at Harding

Searcy Summer Dinner Theatre at Harding University will open its 27th season with God's Man in Texas by David Rambo, buffet-style dinner at 6:30 p.m., curtain time at 7:30, Thursday through June 7 and June 12-13 in the Ulrey Performing Arts Center at Harding in Searcy.

The rest of the lineup:

June 25-28, July 3-4: Dearly Departed by David Bottrell and Jessie Jones

July 16-19, 24-25: Nunsense, musical by Dan Goggin

Tickets are $22; season tickets are $50. Call (501) 279-4580.

Tuna for dinner

Rogers Little Theater will stage Greater Tuna by Jaston Williams, Joe Sears and Ed Howard in a dinner-theater setting at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and June 12-13 and 18-20 and 2 p.m. June 14 and 21 at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers.

Ed McClure and Mike Maloney play all the residents of Tuna, the third smallest city in Texas. Jan Hanson directs.

Tickets are $42 including dinner (7 p.m. evenings, 1 p.m. Sunday matinees); show-only balcony seats are $17, $9.50 for students. Call (479) 631-8988 or visit the Web site,

Big Mess in Memphis

Animated PBS Kids character Bob the Builder will bring his Live! Spud's Big Mess touring show to Memphis this week, with performances at 6 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday; and 2 and 5 p.m. June 7 at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 Main St., Memphis.

Tickets are $17.50-$35 plus handling charges; call (901) 525-3000 or visit the Web site,

Strings camp

The UCA Community School of Music will hold its Summer Strings Camp, 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. June 8-13.

The day camp is a comprehensive week-long program for early to intermediate-level violin, viola, cello, and double bass players. It's primarily aimed at elementary and middle-school students but older students playing at an early level can participate.

The camp will be divided into two tracks, one for pre-note readers (violin only) and the other for those who can read music. Students should have completed at least 6 months of private lessons or one year of orchestra beforeapplying.

The camp will include rehearsals, master classes, a fiddle demonstration, games, a talent show and a last-day student concert.

Tuition is $125. For registration forms and additional information, call (501) 450-5755 or e-mail

Roster seeks artists

The Arkansas Arts Council is accepting applications from performing, literary and visual artists interested in working with teachers and students in schools or at after-school or summer programs for its Arts in Education roster.

The Arts in Education residency program places professional artists in Arkansas schools and communities to work directly with teachers and students, to demonstrate their art forms and share their ideas, creativity and talents,according to a news release.

Applications are available online at They must be hand-delivered or postmarked no later than 4:30 p.m. July 10. Call Cynthia Haas, Arts in Education program manager, at (501) 324-9769, or e-mail her at

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