— Elsewhere in entertainment and the arts this weekend: Choral concerts

The River City Men’s Chorus opens its 10th anniversary season with a concert called “Let Me Be the Music,” 3 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday and Sept. 27 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock. Music Director David Glaze and the chorus’ program will include the “Hallelujah” chorus from Christ on the Mount of Olivesby Ludwig van Beethoven, “In Paradisum” from the Requiem by Gabriel Faure and songs and pieces by John Rutter, Rene Clausen and Mark Hayes. Admission is free. Call (501) 377-1080 or visit rivercitymenschorus.com.

The Diamond State Chorus is “Feelin’ Fine!” for its 39th annual a cappella harmony show, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Argenta Community Theater, 405 Main St., North Little Rock. Terry Mercing directs. Also performing: quartets Just in Time, Sound Fraternity and Zirconium. Tickets are $15, $12.50 for students and senior citizens 60 and older. A portion of the proceeds supports the chorus’ high school music education programs. Call (501) 791-7464 (SING) or visit DiamondStateChorus.com.

Muses do Mozart

The Muses Creative Artistry Project will stage Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte as part of its fifth annual Opera Gala, 6 p.m. Saturday in Horner Hall, Hot Springs Convention Center, Malvern Avenue and Convention Boulevard.

The opera will be in Italian with English supertitles.

Soprano Deleen Davidson and mezzo-soprano Wendy Buzby sing the roles of sisters Fiordeligi and Dorabella, respectively, with soprano Michelle Pretto as Despina, baritone Stacy Murdock as Guglielmo, tenor Marcos Cuevas as Ferrando and bass Wei Wu as Don Alphonso. The chorus will consist of more than two dozen students from Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts. Allan Armstrong is the conductor/ accompanist; stage direction is by Jeanne Bennett.

Tickets are $150, whichincludes dinner and wine. Proceeds fund The Muses’ educational programming. Call (501) 463-4514 or visit themusesproject.org.

Chinese acrobats

A performance by the Golden Dragon Acrobats kicks off the Grand Prairie Center’s 2012-13 season at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Riceland Auditorium at the center, Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas, Stuttgart campus, 2709 U.S. 165 South, Stuttgart. Tickets are $30, $22.50 and $15. Call (870) 673-4201, Extension 1895, or visit pccua.edu.

Newsboys headline

Christian rock group Newsboys headlines a Spotlight Series concert, with special guests Building 429 and Luminate, 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center Auditorium, 1700 Newcastle Road, Forrest City. Tickets are $35. Call (870) 633-4480, Extension 352 or visit eacc.edu.

Conway concert

The Conway Symphony Orchestra will preview its 2012-13 season in a community concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Simon Park on Front Street in downtown Conway. Izzy Getzov will conduct selections from Carmen by Georges Bizet; theme from the TV series The Wild, Wild West by Richard Markowitz; the first movement of the Symphony No. 5 in c minor by Ludwig van Beethoven; and selections from West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein. The performance is underwritten by Southwestern Energy. Admission is free. Take blankets or chairs and picnic suppers; the Green Cart Deli and Kona Ice will vend concessions. Call (501) 269-1066 or visit ConwaySymphony.org.

Meanwhile, the orchestra’s two Designer Houses, 1005 and 1025 Edinburgh in Conway’s Turnberry subdivision, will open, pre-renovation, for a “Bare Bones” preview, 6:30-8:30 p.m. today. Tickets, $15, include a hamburger-hot dog dinner, beverages and a tour of both houses. Underwriting for the event comes from Summit Bank.

Piano premiere

Pianist Linda Holzer will play the world premiere of Ritual Meditations by Scott Robbins in a recital marking her 18th year on the faculty of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave. Holzer’s program will also include works by Manuel Ponce, Claude Debussy and Frederic Chopin. Admission is free. Call (501) 569-3294.

Children’s play

The Ouachita Baptist University theater arts department will stage the children’s play The Crane Wife, adapted by Barbara Carlisle from a Japanese folk tale, at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and Monday-Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in Verser Theater at OBU in Arkadelphia. Ticketsare $6. Call (870) 245-5555 or visit obu.edu/boxoffice.

Faculty recital

Arkansas State University faculty members Lauren Schack Clark, piano; Christopher Wilson, trumpet; Ed Owen, tuba; Guy Harrison, violin; Marika Kyriakos, soprano; Robin Dauer, horn; Dan Ross, oboe; Ken Hatch, clarinet; Dale Clark, bassoon; and Don Bowyer, trombone; will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. today in Riceland Hall of the university’s Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro. The program will include the Quintet for piano and winds in E-flat major, K.452, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and works by Bowyer, Sy Brandon, James Stabile, Claude Debussy, Frederic Chopin and Arnold Cooke. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2094.

Trans-Siberian tickets

Tickets - $43.50, $59.50, $70.50, $80.50 and $88.50 - go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for an 8 p.m. Dec. 7 concert by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra at North Little Rock’s Verizon Arena. A dollar of the ticket price will go to a yet-to-benamed charity. There is an eight-ticket limit and the arena is using its paperless ticket system for up to 3,000 seats. Call (800) 745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com or stonecityattractions.com.

Museum looks back

The “Growing Up in Arkansas” festival will offer a look at Arkansans’ lives from1890 to 1980, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday on the lawn (indoors if it rains) of the Old State House Museum, 300 W. Markham St., Little Rock. The event will feature potato sack races and croquet for children and horseshoes, ring toss and beanbag toss for all ages, plus music and a dance segment. Admission is free. Call (501) 324-9685 or visit oldstatehouse.com.

Weekend, Pages 36 on 09/20/2012

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