LITTLE ROCK — Also in entertainment and the arts this weekend:
The Conway Symphony Orchestra, the Festival Chamber Ensemble and five vocal soloists will combine for a concert called “Myth & Romance of the Old West” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway. The concert closes out the four-day “Songs Across the Americas Festival: Songs of the American West,” produced by Songs Unlimited at UCA. The Festival Chamber Ensemble, with Norman Boehm conducting, and with Jennifer Edwards, soprano, Kristin Harwell, piano, will perform Songs From Letters by festival headliner Libby Larsen. The Conway Symphony and conductor Israel Getzov will perform “Hoe-Down” from Rodeo by Aaron Copland, Larsen’s Deep Summer Music and “On the Trail” from the Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe. Soprano Amanda Woodward Boyd and baritone Richard Hobson will sing arias from The Ballad of Baby Doe by Douglas Moore; soprano Andrea Ramos and tenor Pablo Henrich will sing arias and duets from Fanciulla del Westby Giacomo Puccini. The performance is underwritten by Acxiom Inc.; College Square is sponsoring the guest artists. Tickets are $6-$38. Call (501) 450-3265 or visit uca.edu/tickets.
Trumpeter Rodney Block and the Real Music Lovers will perform for the William F. Laman Public Library System’s monthly “Live at Laman” series at 7 p.m. today at the main library, 2801 Orange St., North Little Rock. Admission is free. Call (501) 758-1720 or visit LamanLibrary.org.
Afrique Aya, a group of West African dancers and drummers based in Northwest Arkansas, will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Owen Center Theater, Arkansas State University-Beebe, 1000 Iowa St., Beebe. Tickets are $10, $5 for senior citizens, students, teachers and members of the military, free (two tickets) for ASU-Beebe students, faculty and staff with ID. Call (501) 882-8951.