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ENTERTAINMENT NOTES: Composer in residence at UCA for songs festival

by Eric E. Harrison | March 6, 2011 at 3:58 a.m.

— Composer Libby Larsen will be in residence this week at the University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, taking part in the “Songs Across the Americas Festival: Songs of the American West,” from Wednesday-Saturday.

Larsen, who has more than 400 works in her catalog from orchestra to opera (the now defunct Arkansas Opera Theatre premiered Larsen’s Claire de Lune at the Arkansas Arts Center in 1985), will work with student composers and coach students and faculty.

Performances of Larsen’s works will be on the program for a faculty chamber concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Snow Fine Arts Center Recital Hall. Admission is free.

And the Conway Symphony Orchestra will perform her Deep Summer Music as part of a concert titled “Songs of the American West: Myths, Romance and Reality” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Reynolds Performance Hall; tickets are $20-$38; call (501) 450-3265 or visit

Mozart’s Requiem

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock Community Chorus and the choirs of Second Presbyterian Church and Parkview, Bryant, Oak Grove, McClellan and J.A. Fair high schools will perform Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Requiem at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Robinson Center Music Hall, West Markham Street and Broadway, Little Rock.

Bevan Keating will conduct the choirs and a professional orchestra.

Tickets are $10. Call (501) 569-8993 or visit the website,

Jazz trombonist

Trombonist Steve Suter of Bonerama will join local jazzmen Joe Vick, bass, and Dave Rogers, drums, for the Monday Jazz Project, 8 p.m. Monday at The Afterthought, 2721 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock.

Cover is $5. Call (501) 663-1196 or (501) 228-9999.

Hendrix winds

The Hendrix College Wind Ensemble will present a concert titled “Something New, Old, Borrowed, and Blue” at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Staples Auditorium at Hendrix, 1600 Washington Ave., Conway.

The program includes “La Morisque” from The Danserye by Tielman Susato; Steven Stucky’s transcription and “elaboration” of the Funeral Music for Queen Mary by Henry Purcell; An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland; Immovable Do by Percy Grainger; Hymn to a Blue Hour by John Mackey; Jokeri by Pertti Pekkanen; andan arrangement for winds of the “March” from Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith. Karen Fannin conducts.

Admission is free. Call (501) 450-1422.

UCA choir

The University of Central Arkansas Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Donald W. Reynolds Performance Hall at UCA, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway.

The program, part of the choir’s “Season of Light,” will include “Fair Is the Heaven” by William Harris, “Psalm 67” and “Tonight Eternity” by Rene Clausen, “Lux Aeterna” by David Dickau and “Where There Is Light in the Soul” by Elizabeth Alexander. John Erwin conducts.

Admission is free. Call (501) 450-5751.

Chamber concert

German violinist Augustin Hadelich will join members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra for a River Rhapsodies chamber series concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock.

Hadelich and members of the Rockefeller Quartet - Christian Baker and Darby Be-Dell, violins; Katherine Reynolds, viola; and Daniel Cline, cello - plus Andrew Irwin, violin; Ryan Mooney, viola; and David Gerstein, cello, will play the Octet in E-flat major, op.20, by Felix Mendelssohn.

Hadelich will also play the Sonata for solo violin in e minor, op.27, by Eugene Ysaye, and the Rockefeller Quartet will play the String Quartet No. 1, “Kreutzer Sonata,” by Leos Janacek.

Series sponsors are radio stations KLRE-FM, 90.5, and KUAR-FM, 89.1. Tickets are $22, $10 for students. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit the website,

Mystery auditions

Benton’s Royal Players will hold auditions for Witness for the Prosecution by Agatha Christie at 10 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. March 14 at the Royal Theatre, 111 S. Market St., Benton.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. Actors should list work and other time conflicts through the production dates, May 12-15 and 19-22.

Director Frank O. Butler will be casting eight men and five women of various ages. Call (501) 315-5483 or e-mail

Heritage grants

Workshops, art exhibits,several original plays, a live radio show and a card game are among the 17 projects that will receive 2011 Heritage Month grants totaling $50,000 from the Department of Arkansas Heritage.

The grants support programs and activities planned for Heritage Month in May that reflect this year’s theme, “Conflict and Consequence: Commemorating the Civil War.”

The recipients:

Alread Community Resource Development Corp., Clinton, $2,463 to fund workshops and lectures on Civil War veterans buried in Pleasant Grove Cemetery

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, $4,538 to exhibit Civil War era art at the Pike-Fletcher-Terry House

DeltaArts, West Memphis, $4,500 to produce an original play on the Civil War in eastern Arkansas

Eureka Springs Downtown Network Inc., Eureka Springs,$4,500 to host a one-day symposium on the Civil War’s impact on the community

Friends of KLRE/KUAR, Little Rock, $4,538 to produce a live radio show about Arkansas’ involvement in the Civil War

Friends of the Garland County Library, Hot Springs, $2,121 toward a four-day Civil War commemoration festival

Friends of the Library of Newton County, Jasper, $483 to host a one-day symposium on local cemeteries and Civil War-era burial customs

Friends of the Rogers Historical Museum, Rogers, $1,775 to fund a traveling exhibit on flags associated with the Battle of Pea Ridge

Gardner Magnet School, Hot Springs, $3,724 to support development of Civil War history curriculum

Jackson County Historical Society, Newport, $1,585 for a living-history program about a local Civil War soldier, his family and community

Main Street Helena, Helena-West Helena, $2,400 to organize driving and walking tours of Civil War sites, lectures, reenactments, films, exhibits and contests

Nevada County Depot and Museum, Prescott, $2,522 to purchase/sew period costumes for living-history vignettes

Old Independence Regional Museum, Batesville, $3,500 to produce a Civil War card game

Pottsville Middle Grades Fourth Grades, Pottsville, $413 for eighth-graders to re-enact Civil War scenes for elementary school pupils

Save Our History Inc., Harrisburg, $4,800 to re-create a Civil War-era town, troop encampment and battle re-enactment

Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs, $1,600 to host visual and performing arts events about the Civil War

Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, $4,538 to support the production of an original play about the Civil War to tour elementary schools throughout the state.

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