ASO’s chamber concert will be a “talent” show


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“Talent” show

More than a dozen members of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra show off their “many talents” at the fourth concert in the orchestra’s 2021-22 River Rhapsodies Chamber Music Series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center, 1200 President Clinton Ave. , Small stone.

Diane McVinney, flute; Beth Wheeler, oboe; Susan Leon, bassoon; Linnaea Brophy, violin; Katherine Reynolds, viola; and Rafael Leon, cello, will perform the world premiere of Thomas Dempster’s “Canticle of Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini”.

The program also includes “Triple Set” for flute, clarinet and piano by Pierre Jalbert (Carolyn Brown, flute; Kelly Johnson, clarinet; Kazuo Murakami, piano); “Andante Religioso and Scherzo-fantasy” for harp and violin by Henriette Renie (Alisa Coffey, harp; Meredith Maddox Hicks, violin) and the “String Quartet No. 13” in A minor, “Rosamunde”, by Franz Schubert ( the Rockefeller Quartet — Trisha McGovern Freeney and Linnaea Brophy, violins; Reynolds, viola; and Jacob Wunsch, cello).

The concert is being taped and will be available virtually to ticket buyers beginning at 7 p.m. on March 8.

The series sponsor is Bank of America. The Clinton Center requires masks covering the nose and mouth and proof of vaccination against covid-19. Tickets are $26, $10 for students and active duty military. Call (501) 666-1761, ext. 1, or visit

Stoic “Warriors”

Theatreworks USA brings its touring production of “Warriors Don’t Cry” to the University of Central Arkansas in Conway on Wednesday. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette/Roger Castonguay)
New York-based Theatreworks USA brings its touring production of “Warriors Don’t Cry” to Reynolds Performance Hall, University of Central Arkansas, 201 Donaghey Ave., Conway, for a 7:30 p.m. performance Wednesday.

The theater company describes the play, inspired by Melba Pattillo Beals’ memoir of the same name, Little Rock Nine, as “a catalyst for a deeper discussion of social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, engagement community and freedom,” according to a press release. Release.

A young activist, unwilling to face yet another tragedy at her school, is ready to stop leading her millions of Instagram followers in the fight for social justice until Beals “comes out of the story and steps in.” in [her] phone to share the story of his battle to get into Little Rock Central High School in 1957,” the press release explained.

Following the performance, there will be a presentation by the Writeous Poets, a spoken word collective for young people from Central High, and a Q&A with its founder, Stacy James McAdoo.

Tickets are $15, $5 for children, free for UCA students. Call (501) 450-3265 or (866) 810-0012 or visit

Festival Finalists

Jacksonville’s Essence Vocal Band joins seven out-of-state finalists for the annual VoiceJam A Cappella Festival at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville on April 9.

The other finalists vying for the title of VoiceJam Champion during the 7:30 p.m. festival finale:

◼️VIBE, Dallas

◼️ Fifth Bar, Houston High School, Germantown, Tenn.

◼️ The Ozarks, Springfield, Mo.

◼️ KeyHarmony, University of Central Florida, Orlando

◼️ Side A, A&M Consolidated High School, College Station, Texas

◼️ Grains of Time, North Carolina State University, Raleigh

◼️ Green tones, University of North Texas, Denton

The festival will offer a cappella workshops during the day. The center requires all customers to wear a mask. Tickets for the final cost between $19 and $39 plus fees. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit


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