Sumner Coy

As part of their ongoing project to record all of the Beethoven String Quartets, the Miro Quartet tackles String Quartet No.14, Op 131- a piece from one of the most tumultuous periods in the great composer's life.

Emerging from familial struggles at the twilight of his life, the piece is one of "yearning for something else, as well as perhaps dreams for happiness or memories of times past."

Hear the entirety of the Fort Smith Chorale's spring concert "Images of the Past," a performance from Northside High School on the eve of April 24. 

The chorale, directed by William M. Cromer, celebrates the bicentennial of Fort Smith's founding with a selection of period songs that reflect the promise of the frontier.

The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas embarks on its first ever opera presentation with a staging of Act I of Puccini's iconic La Bohème on Saturday, May 5th at the Walton Arts Center.

Executive Director Matthew Herren spoke about the enduring appeal of the story of starving artists- the "bohemians" of the title.

KUAF Arts Beat: An All-Women Comedy Showcase

Apr 23, 2018

  

As part of Intersections, Northwest Arkansas's monthlong celebration of women in the arts, Stage Eighteen presents an evening of comedy with four women comedians- showing the continuing evolution of the area's stand-up comedy scene this Tuesday, April 24.

  

Continuing our spotlight on Intersections NWA, a monthlong celebration of women in the arts, we visit with theatre company ArkansasStaged regarding two upcoming productions.

The plays, Natural Shocks by Lauren Gunderson and An Old Woman Speaks based on poems from Sue Coppernoll, feature solo performances from women April 20 and May 2 respectively. 

Kat Wislon

Now in its third year, Inverse Performance Art takes over Northwest Arkansas with a dizzying array of performances from local, national and international artists. 

When founder Cynthia Post Hunt stopped by to discuss this year's events we learned that Inverse owes a lot to a giant edible cupcake Post Hunt created for her first performance. 

After months of practice, winners of this year's University of Arkansas Music Honors Recital competition showcase their hard work at the Faulkner Performing Arts Center this weekend. In addition to the recital, the students also recorded professionally with Bentonville's Haxton Road Studios.

"It was such an amazing opportunity to do something like this so young," says clarinetist Nathan Barker. "There's just something cool about going into the soundroom and hearing yourself."

This week three Fayetteville venues host kick-off events for "Intersections: A Month of Art and Performance Supporting Women," a collaboration between women artists, musicians and other luminaries throughout Northwest Arkansas dedicated to supporting and illustrating their impact on local culture. 

"It's really celebrating and supporting anybody who identifies as a woman in many different sectors," says organizer Samantha Sigmon. 

Travis Emmett

Prolific classical guitarist Gyan Riley's new album Sprig is an ecosystem of emotive instrumentals emerging from an intimate recording session in Joshua Tree's remote Harrison House.

"A sprig is this singular unit that can grow and expand outward in any sort of direction- there's endless possibilities," says Riley. "I really liked that as a compositional idea."

The University of Arkansas' Lyrique Quintette's upcoming album is their first in over a decade, representing six composers from across the Western hemisphere. After more than a year of hard work they're excited to show the public what they've been up to.

"It covers different Latin rhythms, and it has that flavor of dancing," says basoonist Lia Uribe. "I can imagine as  I'm playing the movement and the gestures while dancing that we're trying to emulate."

"It's definitely a labor of love," says Timothy Thompson.

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