Artspree is funded in part by generous grants from the UALR Chancellor’s Circle and
KLRE Classical 90.5
Main Floor Tickets $15 • UALR Students, Faculty & Staff free • Other students Free • Group rates available
Sunday, September 18, 2016 3:00 pm. Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Thursday, October 6, 2016 7:30 pm. Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
The New York Times calls Julian “…one of jazz’s breezier virtuosos, possessed of an unflappable technical facility and a seemingly boundless curiosity.” At age 27, Julian Lage already boasts a resume that an artist twice his age would be proud to claim. A former child prodigy—he was the subject of the 1997 documentary Jules at Eight—the California- born, now New York–based guitarist has collaborated with such giants as Gary Burton, Jim Hall, David Grisman, Béla Fleck, and Charles Lloyd. He’s released three albums as a leader, most recently 2016’s trio outing Arclight featuring Scott Colley and Kenny Wollesen. UK’s Jazzwise describes Arclight as ‘… a bright light shone on very specific, finely wrought musical miniatures that unfold untold pleasures.’ Lage has also released several duo projects including Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, pianist Fred Hersch, and Punch Brothers guitarist Chris Eldridge.
Brock McGuire Band
Monday October 17, 2016 7:30 PM Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
BROCK McGUIRE BAND is fronted by Moving Cloud founding members Paul Brock and Manus McGuire. Residing in County Clare, button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire are two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians and have been at the forefront of Irish music for many years through their joint work with Moving Cloud.
Passion and precision, authenticity and diversity: these are the hallmarks of the BROCK McGUIRE BAND in concert. They are steeped in tradition and perform it with abiding respect and creativity. The band’s repertoire runs wide and deep; their tight, tenacious blend of instruments emphasizing mostly Irish music but also sprinkling in impressive arrangements of American Old Timey, Bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions.
Thursday February 23, 2017 7:30 PM (Presented in collaboration with the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock) Stella Boyle Smith Music Hall
Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. In demand worldwide, the Quartet has appeared at the most important venues worldwide since its founding in 2002.
Following a 2016 summer season that had the ensemble crossing North America for appearances at music festivals, including opening the Rockport Chamber Music Festival (MA) with the pianist Menahem Pressler, the Rite of Music Festival on New York’s Governor’s Island, Vermont’s Yellow Barn Festival, Toronto Summer Music Festival, the Garth Newell Music Center in Virginia, the Skaneateles Festival in upstate New York, and the San Miguel de Allende International Chamber Music Festival in Mexico, the Parker Quartet’s fall 2016 begins with the release of their own recording for Nimbus Records of Mendelssohn’s Quartets Op. 44, Nos. 1 and 3. Highlights of the 2016-17 season include the ensemble’s ongoing concert series at Harvard as the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence; a January 2017 European tour featuring performances with violist Kim Kashkashian; and two concerts in Washington, DC: at the National Gallery of Art and with jazz pianist Billy Childs at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Other performances also include Annapolis Concerts at St. John’s College, Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber Concert Series at VCU, concerts at South Carolina University as the School of Music’s Quartet-in-Residence, the Lake Champlain Chamber Music Festival, and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
Recent highlights include the project “Schubert Effect” in collaboration with pianist Shai Wosner at the 92nd Street Y, the premiere of a new string quartet by American composer Augusta Read Thomas as part of the Quartet’s four-concert series at Harvard University, appearances at Carnegie Hall, the Library of Congress, the Slee Series in Buffalo, New York’s Lincoln Center Great Performers series, and with jazz pianist Billy Childs. The Quartet also continues to be a strong supporter of violist Kim Kashkashian’s project Music for Food by participating in concerts throughout the United States for the benefit of various food banks and shelters.
The Parker Quartet has distinguished itself with acclaimed recordings for Zig-Zag Territoires, Innova Records, and Naxos. The Quartet’s debut commercial recording of Bartók’s String Quartets Nos. 2 and 5 for Zig-Zag Territoires (July 2007) won praise from Gramophone: “The Parkers’ Bartók spins the illusion of spontaneous improvisation… they have absorbed the language; they have the confidence to play freely with the music and the instinct to bring it off.” Their Naxos recording of György Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance (the last string quartet to win this category). In 2015, Innova Records released the world premiere recording of American composer Jeremy Gill’s “Capriccio” written for the Quartet through a Chamber Music America commissioning grant. In April 2016 Augusta Read Thomas’s world premiere recording of Helix Spirals for string quartet on “Of Being is a Bird” was released on Nimbus Records.
Recent collaborations include acclaimed artists like violist Kim Kashkashian, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, pianists Anne-Marie McDermott and Shai Wosner, Kikuei Ikeda of the Tokyo String Quartet, clarinetist and composer Jörg Widmann, and clarinetist Charles Neidich.
Founded and currently based in Boston, the Parker Quartet’s numerous honors include winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition, the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at France’s Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition, and Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. Now Blodgett Artists-in-Residence at Harvard University’s Department of Music, and also in residence at USC School of Music, the Quartet’s numerous residencies have included serving as Artists-in-Residence at the University of St. Thomas (2012–2014), Quartet-in-Residence at the University of Minnesota (2011– 2012), Quartet-in-Residence with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (2008-2010), and as the first-ever Artists-in-Residence with Minnesota Public Radio (2009-2010).
The Parker Quartet’s members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New EnglandConservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program from 2006–2008. Some of their most influential mentors include the original members of the Cleveland Quartet, Kim Kashkashian, György Kurtág, and Rainer Schmidt.
Artspree is funded in part by the UALR Chancellor’s Circle and KLRE Classical 90.5. Artspree is a member of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters and the Southwest Association of Presenters
Patrons desiring disability accommodations of any kind should contact the Artspree office at least two weeks before the scheduled event. Students must show current ID when getting tickets. Students are eligible for but not guaranteed tickets, as limited numbers are available, especially for more popular events. Children under the age of 6 years are not admitted to Artspree.
Naoki Hakutani, Director
Wai-Kay Carenbauer, Technical Director
UALR Music Department
University of Arkansas at Little Rock
2801 South University Avenue
Little Rock, AR 72204 Phone: (501) 569-3294