The touring production of Kander & Ebb’s musical Chicago, with John O’Hurley as Billy Flynn, will be onstage at 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. March 16 at Fayetteville’s Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St.
The show is part of the center’s Procter & Gamble Broadway series. Tickets are $39-$83. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit the website, waltonartscenter.org.
The center has also announced its 2014-15 Broadway series season:
Oct. 21-26: Nice Work If You Can Get It, 1920s-style musical comedy with songs by George and Ira Gershwin, book by Joe DiPietro
Jan. 20-25: Slava’s Snowshow, featuring Cirque du Soleil’s principal clown
Feb. 17-22: Phoenix Productions’ national tour of Lernerand Loewe’s Camelot
March 10-15, 2015: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Tim Rice
April 29-May 3, 2015: Once, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, book by Enda Walsh, based on the movie of the same name, written and directed by John Carney
Season tickets are $147-$334. To renew or purchase new subscriptions, call (479) 571-2785 or (479) 443-5600 or visit waltonartscenter.org. Single tickets go on sale this summer.
Music at Murry’s
During an interstitial week between plays, Murry’s Dinner Playhouse, 6323 Colonel Glenn Road, Little Rock, will host the return of two musical acts:
The Van-Dells, a ’50s-’60s oldies show group, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
Travis Ledoyt, billed as “the World’s Best Young Elvis,” 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 12:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
The doors open 90 minutes before curtain. Tickets, which must be bought in advance, are $31-$35, $23 for children 15 and younger; show only, $25, $15 for children. Call (501) 562-3131 or visit murrysdinnerplayhouse.com.
The Arkansas Symphony will open its 2014-15 River Rhapsodies season at the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock, Sept. 30 with a concert titled “Death and the Maiden.” The centerpiece will be Franz Schubert’s String Quartet No. 14 in d minor, “Death and the Maiden.” The program will also include 3 Idylls by Frank Bridge and the Horn Trio in E-flat major by Johannes Brahms.
Violinist Vadim Gluzman, who will solo with the orchestra in Brahms’ Violin Concerto Feb. 28-March 1, 2015, will be this year’s Artist of Distinction, playing Lera Auerbach’s Lonely Suite, subitled “Ballet for a Lonely Violinist” March 3, 2015. The program will also include the Serenade in C major, op.10, by Ernst von Dohnanyi; Alban Berg’s The Featherlight Ballet; and the String Quartet in a minor by Max Bruch.
The remainder of the schedule (all concerts, 7 p.m., Clinton Center Great Hall):
Oct. 21: String Quartet No.39 in f-sharp minor, op.50 No. 4, by Franz Joseph Haydn; Quatuor pour la fin du temps (Quartet for the End of Time) by Olivier Messiaen
Nov. 11: String Quartet No. 9 in C major, op.59 No. 3, “Razumovsky,” by Ludwig van Beethoven; String Quartet No. 1 by John Corigliano; Italian Serenade by Hugo Wolf
Feb. 10: String Quartet No. 1 in e minor, “From My Life,” by Bedrich Smetana; Serenade No. 10 in B-flat major, “Gran Partita,” K.361/370a, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
April 21, 2015: String Quartet No.6 in f minor, op.80, by Felix Mendelssohn; Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major, K.370; Brahms’s String Quintet No. 2 in G major, op.111
Season ticket prices are to be announced. Call (501) 666-1761 or visit the ArkansasSymphony.org.
The orchestra has also filled a couple of holes in its Masterworks and pops season listings:
Andrew Staupe will be the soloist in Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 Sept. 27-28.
Vladimir Verbitsky, conductor laureate of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, will be the guest conductor for the Jan. 31-Feb. 1 concert pairing.
And pianist Jeffery Biegel will join singer Sylvia McNair and the orchestra for a pair of Gershwin-themed pops concerts March 14-15, 2015.
Springdale clarinetist Rachel Lewis won first prize and $750 in the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Guild’s2014 Stella Boyle Smith Young Artists Competition for young musicians Feb. 28 at the University of Arkansas Little Rock. Mason Sangster of Rudy, also a clarinetist, took the $500 second-place award. Category winners - Lewis for woodwinds, pianist David Xiang of Little Rock and violinist Carson Bohner of Whitehall - each received $250.
Author and humorist Roy Blount Jr. and award-winning Arkansas writers Roy Reed and Jay Jennings will share recollections and read selected work by novelist Charles Portis at the annual gala of the Porter Fund, an organization supporting the literary arts in Arkansas, 6 p.m. April 3 at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion, 1800 Center St., Little Rock.
The organization will give Portis a Lifetime Achievement Award. Speakers will include Thea Foundation Executive Director Paul Leopoulos and Conway High School student Annika Miller, winner of the foundation’s 2014 Creative Writing Scholarship, to which the Porter Fund recently contributed $4,000.
Tickets are $200; corporate tables of 10 are $2,000. Call (501) 868-7172 or write McMath Law Firm, 711 W. Third St., Little Rock, Ark. 72201.
Isotones + trombone
Isotones - Scott and Susan Eddlemon, percussion and violin, from the Oak Ridge Chamber Music Association in Oak Ridge, Tenn., plus composer and trombonist Don Bowyer, dean of the College of Fine Arts at Arkansas State University - will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Recital Hall, ASU Fine Arts Center, 2412 Quapaw Way, Jonesboro.
The program includes Encounters IV, a duel for trombone and percussion by William Craft; Scott Eddlemon’s Improvisations on Three Isotopic Spectra; Bowyer’s Primeval Atom; and, for solo violin, the Partita in E major by J.S. Bach and Obsession byEugene Ysaye. Admission is free. Call (870) 972-2094.
A new art gallery on the second floor of the Vada Sheid Community Development Center at Arkansas State University-Mountain Home, 1600 South College St., Mountain Home, opens with a reception, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday.
The inaugural exhibit will include work by members of the Ozark Regional Arts Council, university art students and the university’s permanent collection. Hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and during special events. Admission is free. Call (870) 508-6280 or visit asumh.edu.