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UALR Opera Theatre presents The Secret Marriage

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The Secret Marriage

Carolina is secretly married to her father’s clerk, Paolino. They want their marriage to be accepted by her father, a wealthy merchant, so they plot to marry off Carolina’s older sister Elisetta to Count Robinson, Paolino’s former employer. This connection with nobility would make her father extremely happy. Unfortunately, when the Count arrives, he falls in love with Carolina and refuses to marry Elisetta. And a further complication occurs when Fidalma, the girls’ widowed aunt, reveals that she is in love with Paolino and intends to marry him. Much scheming, amorous intrigue, and silliness ensue.

Il matrimonio segreto by Domenico Cimarosa premiered a few months after the death of W. A. Mozart and was considered to be one of the finest comic operas of the 18th century. Indeed, at its premiere, the emperor was so entranced that he invited the cast to dinner and then requested the opera be encored in its entirety, the longest encore in history! The UALR production will be set in England in the 1920s, inspired in part by Downton Abbey. It will be performed in English translation with dialogue, instead of being sung throughout.

The program will be held in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall of the Fine Arts Building on Friday, April 24, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 3:00 p.m. General admission is $15.00; $5.00 for students. For General admission tickets go to http://ualr.tix.com

UALR Faculty, Staff & Students can get one free ticket with ID.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (501) 569-3294

Updated 4.21.2015

Notice of Artspree Change

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There has been a cancellation and subsequent replacement for the next UALR Artspree. Flutist Trevor Wye has canceled the Arkansas tour with a respiratory illness.

Flutist William Bennett has agreed to replace him.
Pianist Kaeko Suzuki will accompany Mr. Bennett.

A legend in the music world, he is regarded in many circles as the greatest flute player alive.

The concert will be on Friday April 10 at 7:30 pm at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall on the campus of UALR.

General Admission Tickets are $15 and Student Tickets are $10.
UALR Students, Faculty and Staff receive free ticket at door.

In addition UALR will host a free master class by Mr. Bennett which will feature students from UALR and local high schools. This will take place on Thursday April 9 at 12:15 pm. Also at the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall.

Info Contact: nxhakutani@ualr.edu or 501-683-7230

Program is yet to be determined, but will include Sonata by Mel Bonis.

More info can be found at williambennettflute.com

Updated 4.4.2015

Little Rock Musical Coterie

On Wednesday April 8 - 11:00 am at Trinity United Methodist Church in Little Rock UALR music students will be featured in a “UALR Showcase” sponsored by the Little Rock Musical Coterie. The program will be hosted by UALR Piano Professor Dr. Naoki Hakutani.  Performers will include Kristen Bomberger, Joe Tollett, Ryan Wilder, Carly Fehlberg, Nancy Griffin, Kay Lindley, Kathy Eckerson, Kelly Singer and Daniel Foltz-Morrison.

This is a free event.  Trinity United Methodist Church is located at 1101 N. Mississippi St. in Little Rock 72207.  For more info please contact Dr. Hakutani at nxhakutani@ualr.edu

Updated 4.4.2015

UALR Music Department presents an All-Debussy Concert

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Monday, April 6 at 7:30PM in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall the UALR faculty and students present a celebration of Debussy’s music.

The program consists of instrumental solo, ensemble, and vocal solo repertoire of Debussy.

Concert is free and open to the public.

For further information contact Dr. Naoki Hakutani at nxhakutani@ualr.edu.

Updated 4.4.2015

Jazz Ensemble to perform at Arkansas State Jazz Festival

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UALR Jazz Ensemble will perform on both Monday, April 13 at 7:30 and Saturday, April 25 at 10AM for the Arkansas State Jazz Festival behind the William J. Clinton Presidential Library under the direction of Dr. Michael Underwood.

These performances will mark the third consecutive year for the Jazz Ensemble to perform at this event.

Concerts are free and open to the public.

Updated 4.4.2015

UALR Students are big winners at NATS 2015

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Six singers from UALR were state-wide ranked finalists at the annual Arkansas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing convention, held at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas, February 27–28. The annual gathering provides students an opportunity to compete for state ranking in their classes, based on age and years of study, and for scholarships.

10 students participated in the NATS competitions; 9 advanced to the semi-final round, and 6 out of 9 made it to finals.
A total of 6 students placed. The total breakdown is as follows:

Competing: Dalliss Abraham; Camren Kvaternik
Semi Finalists: Sara Cook; Alyssa Hicks; *Daniel Morris (Music Theater)
Finalists: Amelia Locken – 2nd in class; Brianna East – 2nd in class; Daniel Folz-Morrison – 1st in class; Andrew Gerstenberger - 1st in class; *Daniel Morris (Classical Singing) – 3rd in class; Nina Spinner – 1st in class.

Congratulations to these students and their excellent instructors: Ferris Allen, Rosella Ewing, Diane Silberstein, and Kyung-Eun Na for all their success in this important event!

Updated 3.21.2015

Congratulations to five recent UALR Music Department graduates and UALR graduate students, for the following successes in their careers:

Satia Spencer (recent graduate) is beginning her teaching career as the new music teacher at Franklin Elementary School in Little Rock;

Rachel Whittenburg (recent graduate) has been busy making lesson plans and collaborating with her new colleagues; Rachel is the new music teacher at Lonoke Elementary School;

LaSheena Gordon (recent graduate and current graduate student) will be the new music teacher at Dunbar Magnet Middle School;

Laleata Westbrook (graduate student) has accepted a position teaching elementary music for the Pulaski County Special School District; and

Matthew Robinson (Music Department alumnus) has been hired as the choral director for the new Forest Heights S.T.E.M. Academy.

Updated 9.9.2014

Congratulations to Music Department voice major Micheal Lowe!

He has been chosen for the role of the Bonze in Opera Louisiana’s production of Madame Butterfly, in March 2015; for a role in the Arkansas Repertory Theater production of Wait Until Dark, to be presented this October and November; and for a role in the Montpelier, Vermont Lost Nation Theater production of Blues in the Night, a musical that ran this past July. Congratulations Micheal!

Updated 9.9.2014

Congratulations to Music Department alumna (’13) Jessica Ferring (Williams)

She is now in her second and final year in the M.M. program at Westminster Choir College in New Jersey. A choir of which she is a member, the Westminster Symphonic Choir, was just nominated for an Emmy for its performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, at Princeton University. Congrats Jessica! https://l.facebook.com/l/IAQG_H6KGAQFYzkklAD2rmJOLH7XrG_y8D9ZOCRh-SjSiVg/https%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D3awcZ_dPHQU

Updated 9.9.2014

UALR Singers score big. Six singers from UALR were state-wide ranked finalists at the annual Arkansas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing convention, held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, February 22–23

14 March 2013—Six singers from UALR were state-wide ranked finalists at the annual Arkansas Chapter National Association of Teachers of Singing convention, held at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, February 22–23. The annual gathering provides students an opportunity to compete for state ranking in their classes, based on age and years of study, and for scholarships. In addition to the winners, who were Memory Apata, Erica Finnie, Derrick Herman, Rachel Manasco, LaLeata Westbrook and Kelly Singer, seven singers were semi-finalists: Jimmy Albrecht, Jeremy Couch, Kevin Ezell, Micheal Lowe, Daniel Morris, Shay Watson, and Jessica Williams.

For additional information, please contact the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Music, (501) 569 3294

Updated 3.18.2013
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