‘Power’ of the ASO on display
As a lead-in to next week’s celebration of the opening of the Clinton Presidential Center, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra tackles all things powerful in its Masterworks Series performances Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, at Robinson Center Music Hall.
The title “Power, Drama and Destiny” seems to say everything about the Clinton political years, and the ASO will illustrate those feelings with
Verdi’s “Overture to La Forza del Destino,” Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber,” and Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 8.”
“From the six chords that announce Verdi’s dramatic overture to Dvorák’s enchanting symphony and Hindemith’s vibrant and energetic score, the ASO will deliver a concert like no other this season,” says the press material from the ASO on it upcoming show.
Showtimes are 8 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ticket prices range from $15 to $45. Call 666-1761.
with the CTLR
Travel back in time with the Community Theatre of Little Rock when the group performs Walton Jones’ Broadway musical “The 1940’s Radio Hour” beginning Friday, Nov. 12.
The play is scheduled for consecutive weekends, concluding its run Nov. 21. Showtimes are 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays at the Woolly Fine Arts Building on the Arkansas School for the Blind campus.
Jim Watkins will direct the period-costumed musical comedy, set in New York’s Hotel Astor in December 1942. The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade is the hit show on radio, with the world at war and TV still a dream for nearly all Americans. The show includes such memorable hits as “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” and “Blue Moon” and includes pianist, flashing applause signs, sound effects booth and authentic commercials.
The cast includes Richard Hunter, Keith Moore, Sharon Cound, Amanda Davidson, Don Francis, Jon Hatton, Rod Jones, Matthew McCoy, James Mitchener, Caroline Myers, Felicia Richardson, Georgette Sims, Kevin Smith and Rusty Wyrick.
Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors over 55. For reservations call 663-9494.
Celtic music at POPs
Celtic music, enjoying a resurgence in folk houses and other venues everywhere, is on tap for POPs Acoustic Revue in Hot Springs on Saturday, Nov. 13. The Boatrights, who perform year-round at Celtic festivals, Highland games and fairs and have four CDs to their credit, will headline the show. The harmonizing Boatrights have performed with some of the most recognized names in Celtic music, including Smithfield Fair, and their traditional repertoire takes listeners through the time of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and the beginnings of Christianity in the Isles.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m., the admission is $5 for ages 12 and up. POPs is an outreach of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 109 Hobson Ave. Call 623-1549 or visit www.friendshiphall.com.
Mike George, organizer of POPs shows, says the monthly offering will go on hiatus for several weeks after Saturday’s performance.
ready in Spa City
Also in Hot Springs, the newly installed history exhibits on the enclosed observation deck of the Hot Springs Mountain Tower will open Friday, Nov. 12, at 10:30 a.m. The exhibits trace the history and relationship of the city of Hot Springs and the city’s natural thermal waters from pre-history to the present. Included are illustrated histories of the waters themselves, the evolution of America’s first federally protected natural area, the National Park and the city itself. The displays will contain more items and artifacts pertaining to Bill Clinton after a collection of memorabilia provided by his Hot Springs boyhood friends is processed and incorporated, according to Steve Arrison, head of the city’s Advertising and Promotion Commission. Call 501-321-2027.
Eubanks and jazz
Locally based vocalist and saxophonist Michael Eubanks will debut his new CD, and smooth jazz enthusiasts can enjoy dinner and music at the Little Rock Hilton’s ballroom on Sunday, Nov. 14, in “An Evening of Jazz.”
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $50 per person and $75 per couples, and includes dinner, a free CD and the performance by Eubanks and his 10-piece band. The 12-track CD is titled “On a Day Like This,” which features Eubanks’ acclaimed voice and sax playing on each song. Call the Little Rock Hilton at 664-5020.
Sousa would love it
Marching bands will converge on the Clear Channel Metroplex at Interstate 430 and Col. Glenn Road on Monday, Nov. 15, in the annual Battle of the Bands and Musical Instrument Drive, sponsored by VH1 Save The Music Foundation, The Millennium Education Music Project, and Play It Again Arkansas.
The music kicks off at 6 p.m. Middle and high school band students from Dumas, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Marianna, North Little Rock and Pine Bluff area schools have been invited to participate in the musical performance. Admission is $10, or $5 with a donated instrument. Call 771-7797.
Take in a movie
with the congressman
Second District Congressman Vic Snyder and his wife, the Rev. Betsy Singleton, will moderate the Quapaw Quarter United Methodist Church’s Faith in Film program on Thursday, Nov. 11. The film is “Luther,” and it begins at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, and popcorn and drinks are available. Call 375-1600.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.
After a 2-1 start, including a “two-fer” sweep in Texas the past two weeks, the Arkansas Twisters Arena Football 2 League team plays its first home game of the season in Alltel Arena on Saturday, April 28, against Corpus Christi.