Editorial Staff

Chris Knighten

While on sabbatical last year, University of Arkansas music professor Chal Ragsdale arranged a new edition of "Lads of Wamphray Ballad" - a long-neglected ballad from the eccentric Australian composer Percy Grainger.

Ragsdale, a leading scholar on Grainger, says his instrumentation and compositions were integral to the development of modern American band music. 

"[He] put forward a vision of what a band could be," Ragsdale says. "What his vision was is what the wind band became particularly after World War I and World War II on into Today." 

With 2018 marking 100 years since Leonard Bernstein's birth, many recording projects and concerts honor his legacy, including the intimate For Lenny from pianist Lara Downes. 

"We're living in a time when there's so much division and there's so much disconnect and I think people feel very isolated from each other and very confused about where our common ground is anymore," says Downes. "My experiece is that we can still find that through American music."

The Northwest Arkansas Women's Shelter has been a haven for victims of abuse and violence for 30 years. The shelter not only provides resources for victims but also educates people about the cycle of violence, its larger implications and how to notice signs of domestic abuse through outreach programs. 

According to the shelter, one in 3 women and one in four men are victims of abuse. 

Life after war can be one of the most challenging obstacles for a veteran. That's why Soldier's Songs and Voices offers Northwest Arkansas veterans an outlet to express themselves and share their experience with other returned soldiers. 

Lee Haight and Jim Hale spoke with Pete Hartman about the veteran-run project and how they are working to heal the wounds of war on the home front. 

Think back to the summer when your were a kid. What did you do when you needed to make some quick cash? 

If you're like most Americans, you probably started a lemonade stand.

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