UALR faculty, staff, and students are eligible for 1 free ticket when presenting UALR ID at the Music Dept. office or at the door on performance night.
Friday, February 27, 2015 at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:30pm
Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas
The Trojan prince Aeneas, recently escaped from the fall of Troy, lands on the shore of Carthage and falls in love with its beautiful queen, Dido. Unbeknownst to the couple, powerful sorceresses conspire against their happiness. The witches enchant one of their minions to appear as the god Mercury, and they send him to tell Aeneas he must abandon Dido to fulfill his destiny in Italy. Aeneas is reluctant, but his sense of duty compels him to obey. Dido’s pride will not allow her to take Aeneas back when he has second thoughts about leaving her; heartbroken, she takes her own life soon after his departure.
A beautiful but tragic tale of star-crossed lovers, Dido and Aeneas is one of the earliest English operas ever written; the first known performance was staged in 1688. In the late 20th and 21st centuries, some modern dance adaptations have been performed in Europe and Canada. In this production, each of the main characters is represented by both a dancer and a singer, blending balletic and operatic performances on the same stage. Choreographer Rebecca Stalcup from Arkansas Festival Ballet returns to collaborate on this production, and the lead singers and dancers are joined by the UALR Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Bevan Keating.
Dido, Queen of Carthage – danced by Julia Aronson, sung by Kathryne Overturf
Aeneas, Prince of Troy – danced by Matthew Morley, sung by Timothy Tucker
Belinda, Dido’s sister – danced by Paula Mallory, sung by Kelly Singer
Queen’s attendants – Caroline Caldwell and Catherine Caldwell (dancers); Heather McPherson (singer)
Sorcerer – sung by Matthew Tatus
Elf in the guise of Mercury – danced by Holland Stalcup, sung by Rachel Green
Witches – Victoria Fender, Elizabeth Dawson, Laura Craig, Grace Rew, Mary Claire Fox, Ali Herring, Elizabeth Hartzell Wood, and Alexandra Marshall (dancers); Kira Keating, Shea Williamson, Satia Spencer, Shay Watson (singers)
Sailors — Todd Belin (dancer), James Wafford III (singer)
General Admission $10
Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
on the campus of The University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Artspree 2015: Anton Baranov
Sunday, March 1, 2014
UALR Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Winner of 2013 Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artists Competition
Russian guitarist Anton Baranov is a prizewinner of more than 15 prestigious international competitions, including the Koblenz Guitar Competition, Andrés Segovia Competition, Agustín Barrios Competition, Robert Vidal Competition, and Pittaluga Guitar Competition. At the height of his young career, he won both the Guitar Foundation of America International Concert Artist Competition and the Francisco Tárrega Competition in 2013. Known for his daring interpretation and innovative programming, Baranov graduated from St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory with grants from the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian Performing
Tickets go on sale February 16, 2015
Artspree 2015: Trevor Wye
Friday, April 10, 2014
UALR Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall
Trevor Wye studied the flute privately with Geoffrey Gilbert and the celebrated Marcel Moyse. He was a freelance orchestral and chamber music player on the London scene for many years and made several solo recordings, notably on his specialist instrument, the flute d’amour, which he reintroduced to modern times.
He enjoys serving on juries for international competitions as well as giving recitals, including his unique Carnival Show, a hilarious performance with commentary during which he plays on 60 different flutes. He founded the British Flute Society along with the International Summer, the biggest flute summer camp in the world.
He served as director of the camp from its founding in 1969 through 1988. In 1990 he was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal Northern College of Music, and in 2011 he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Flute Association.
Tickets go on sale March 15, 2015
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