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What a Dame: ASO and Te Kanawa Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, the New Zealand-born soprano whose illustrious four-decades career includes singing at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana in 1983, will join the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra in concert on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Robinson Center Music Hall. The concert is at 8 p.m.; tickets range $31-$126. Kiri Te Kanawa gained legendary status almost overnight after her sensational debut as the Countess in “Le Nozze di Figaro” at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971. From then, she moved rapidly into the front rank of international opera, and has become one of the most famous sopranos in the world. She is currently visiting some of the leading symphonies in the U.S. and Canada. Besides many distinguished recordings in opera, she joined Nelson Riddle for “Blue Skies,” an album of American popular songs; followed by albums of George and Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter and Jerome Kern songs and three classics of musical theater: “My Fair Lady,” “South Pacific,” and Leonard Bernstein's only recording of “West Side Story.” As a soloist at the wedding of Charles and Di in St Paul's Cathedral, she faced one of the largest direct telecast audiences of any singer in history (estimated at more than 600 million people). In 1990 she played an outdoor concert in the city of Auckland in front of a crowd of 140,000. Call the Symphony box office at 666-1761. ’80s heart-throb is back Rick Springfield, a star of the 1980s with such hits as “Jessie’s Girl” and with a recurring role on TV soap “General Hospital,” is back with a new CD and back in concert. His tour will take him to the Clear Channel Metroplex Events Center on Thursday, Sept.9. Local act TaylorMade will open the show at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and general admission seating is $27.50. Springfield, who mostly has been performing of late in Las Vegas, has released the 17-track CD “shock/denial/anger/acceptance,” on his own label, with 16 of the songs written by the one-time Australian-born heart-throb who is now 55. In his hey-day, Springfield charted 17 songs in the Top 40, including “I’ve Done Everything for You,” “Affair of the Heart,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” and his biggest hit, “Jessie’s Girl.” Call 217-5071 for tickets. Arkansas history on display Historian Will Bagley, the author of one of the most acclaimed books of Arkansas history, will discuss and sign “Blood of the Prophets: Brigham Young and the Mountain Meadows Massacre,” on Monday, Sept. 13, at the Darragh Center of the Main Library, 100 Rock St. The signing is from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The massacre at Mountain Meadows, Utah, on Sept. 11, 1857, was the single most violent attack on a wagon train in the 30-year history of the Oregon and California trails. The wagon train was made up of some 120 men, women, and children from northern Arkansas who had planned to settle in California and raise cattle. Bagley's book is the most extensive investigation of the events surrounding the tragedy since Juanita Brooks published her groundbreaking study, “The Mountain Meadows Massacre,” in 1950. It was first published in hardcover in the fall of 2002 and has been newly released in paperback; it generated controversy and garnered praise in Utah and throughout the West, winning numerous awards. The New York Review of Books calls it “an exhaustive, meticulously documented, highly readable history.” Bagley is an independent historian, author and columnist for The Salt Lake Tribune. The event is sponsored by the Butler Center for Arkansas Studies and the Central Arkansas Library. Admission is free; reservations are requested. Call 918-3049. Start up the tractor Gather up the family for one of the Plantation Agriculture Museum’s annual fun festivities, the Arkansas Antique Tractor and Engine Show on Saturday and Sunday in Scott. The 13th annual event, featuring historic farm equipment and other activities, is from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Call 961-1409 for more information. Hap-Hazard goes downtown Big Downtown Thursdays are under way again in the River Market every Thursday in September. Local modern-rock band Hap-Hazard, reportedly on the verge of signing a major-label record deal and also releasing a new five-song CD, will perform a free concert for the event on Thursday, Sept. 9. Food and drink are available for purchase, and beer proceeds go to charity. The show is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. under the River Market pavilions. Next Thursday, Sept. 16., popular cover band the Rockets will be featured in a rare public appearance — the band usually performs for private functions. Touring film features Godsmack Heavy rock fans will want to check out a touring film featuring Godsmack that will be shown at the UA Breckenridge Village 12 on Monday, Sept. 13. Tickets to “Changes,” the documentary and film concert of the band, are $12.50 in advance and $15 the day of show. The film rolls at 7:30 p.m.
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