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Philip Mann Talks About The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 Season

Independence Day is already a week gone with Labor Day and election day hard on its heels, but today's guest is wrapping up 2016-2017 and hatching plans for 2017-2018. Of course, it is Philip Mann, Arkansas Symphony Orchestra Director/Conductor, to take us through the Orchestra's 2016-2017 Masterworks Season. First, it's the ASO 5oth anniversary, then Robinson Auditorium opens its newly furbished welcoming doors in November. From the first two concerts in Maumelle to the closing festivities with Beethoven and Blue Jeans, there are celebrations and surprises when, incidentally, this Beethoven Symphony (the 7th) is in the 2nd concert.

Philip Mann Talks About The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 2016-2017 Season

Arts Scene: Diane Rehm Talks About Her Memoir, "On My Own"

Diane Rehm is retiring from her weekly two hour program at the end of the year. The news has dealt a body blow to the millions of listeners who count on her to be the voice of rational thought and quiet understanding of their many concerns. In her recently published memoir, "On My Own," she tells of her husband's death in 2014, from Parkinson's Disease to the years they had together since they had first met. (A story exceptional in its honesty and in its clarity of purpose and generosity in the exposure of the highs and lows of that marriage.) She retires to join the fight to allow individuals the right to die as a matter of personal choice when all else fails. Recently, Diane and Ann Nicholson, host of Arts Scene, talked on these subjects. What was her first thought the day that "On My Own" was released?

Arts Scene: The Retirement Of Chancellor Joel Anderson

This past year, UALR has realized that a major change was ahead in the retirement of Chancellor Joel Anderson. He has been a quiet, but very important influence since he took the position thirteen and a half years ago. Ann Nicholson, host of Arts Scene, knew that public radio meant a lot to Anderson. So, when he agreed to come on Arts Scene as a guest, she was delighted.

Arts Scene: Tom Cockrell/Opera in the Ozarks

Listeners may remember that short list of festivals—five in all—listed three weeks ago, beginning in Hot Springs. Now, we've reached Eureka Springs and "Opera in the Ozarks," a festival that Ann Nicholson, host of Arts Scene, feels should be heralded by "The Sound of Music." The hills in Eureka are surely alive with music this year by Mozart, Puccini, Leoncavallo, and Benjamin Britten. Young singers with great voices in this Arkansas summer residency more than hold their own with such programs across the country. Graduates are finding roles in many of the main opera houses in America, in what was first known as the Opera at Inspiration Point. Thomas Cockrell was appointed Music Director of "Opera of the Ozarks" in 2010. He has impressive credits in opera in America and abroad, from Cincinnati to the Spoleto Festivals in Italy and South Carolina. As a Yale graduate, he has served as Director of Orchestra Activities at the University of Arizona, where he is also Director of Opera Theatre

Arts Scene: The Wildwood Academy For Music And The Arts

The 2016 Wildwood Academy for Music and the Arts opens today. This is the 3rd annual program, divided into three categories of student: advanced, intermediate, and beginner in orchestral and vocal instruction. Daniel Black is Director for the orchestral sessions. He is from Fort Worth and is the Associate Conductor for the Ft. Worth Symphony. Dr. Bevan Keating is the overall Artistic Director and also Vocal Director of the Vocal Sessions (June 20th-July 22nd). He is a guest on this week's Arts Scene and talks about his current position with the Wildwood Academy for Music and the Arts.

Arts Scene: The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's 2016 Season/The Arkansas Rep Presents "Windfall"

April 23rd is accepted as the day of the month in 1616 when Shakespeare died, and also, by anecdotal confirmation, the day that he celebrated his birthday. So, this day, in the present year, is being remembered as the 400th anniversary of both of these events. Regardless of the date, the fact remains that the poet and his works are brilliantly alive. From his birthplace to Russia, the Orient, the Americas, and the Antipodes, he is not forgotten. The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre is well to the fore, and to mark the celebration, Rebekah Scallet, the company's producing artistic director, has chosen a right royal feast of plays. Coincidentally, the Theatre is celebrating an anniversary of its own. This year is the 10th season for the Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Rebekah is a guest on Arts Scene for this episode to speak of the whys and where fores of the choices for the season. The Arkansas Rep closes its 2015-2016 season with a world premiere, "Windfall." (It is also the last production

Arts Scene: The Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre's 2016 Season/The Arkansas Rep Presents "Windfall"

Arts Scene: Arkansas Writers Conference/Hot Springs Music Festival

The 72nd Arkansas Writers Conference opens on Friday, June 3rd in the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 201 S. Shackleford Road in Little Rock. For 72 years the conference has focused on Arkansas Writers. Ann Nicholson, host of Arts Scene, had the privilege of interviewing some of the recent speakers brought in for the conference and, this year, the two highlighted are well known to her. These writers are Janis Kearney, who is being inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame on Friday, June 3rd, and Laura Parker Castoro, herself an inductee in 2005. Laura is to be keynote speaker on Saturday, June 4th. On this program, she is a guest and joins Nicholson by phone to talk about Kearney, as well as the Writers Conference in general. She has been a member of the Arkansas Writers Conference for around 14 years. Festivals are bursting out all over, it seems. The 2015-16 season has only just ended with concerts, theatre productions, and everything related. Now, the Hot Springs Music Festival opens

Arts Scene: Jay Raphael's Retirement From The UALR Theatre And Dance Department

Another change in the Little Rock theatre world is the retirement of Jay Raphael, UALR's Head of Theatre and Dance. He took over the position 11 years ago, after the department had been without an official leader for some time, which gave him a number of routes to follow. He is Ann Nicholson's guest on today's program and he talks about what led him into theatre and to UALR.

Arts Scene: Jay Raphael's Retirement From The UALR Theatre And Dance Department

Arts Scene: Organist, Justin Bischof/Exec. Director Of The Ark. Festival Ballet, Janet Aronson

The Intimate Neighborhood Concert Series has been a most successful addition to the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra season, initiated in January 2013. That concert, the first of the series, is also memorable for the guest soloist and organist, Justin Bischof, performing the concerto by Francis Poulenc. Dr. Bischof is particularly noted for his exceptional ability as an improviser on the organ, which was heard when he followed the aforementioned concerto with an encore on the initials Philip Mann, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Music Director Conductor. Dr. Bischof is the guest on today's program and when asked, he filled in some of his early days for Arts Scene host, Ann Nicholson. Next weekend, May 20-22, Friday-Sunday, the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theater will be awash with characters from the ever popular story "Peter Pan," as created by Arkansas Festival Ballet in it's annual "Story Book" presentation. Apart from the traditional "Nutcracker" at Christmas time, these Spring

Arts Scene: Organist, Justin Bischof/Exec. Director Of The Ark. Festival Ballet, Janet Aronson

Arts Scene: Clinton School Graduates, Haley And Guzman/Opera In The Rock Presents "La Boheme"

Each year, Anne Nicholson, host of Arts Scene, looks forward to meeting two members of the current graduating class from the Clinton School of Public Service. This is the 10th class, since the first in 2004. That year, Anne had guests before the course had begun. Four came onto the program: two students escorted by Senator Pryor (Jean Pierre Bekolo and Greg Holyfield) and then two as graduates (Erika Hall and Jennifer Flowers). In the years since, there has been a wonderful mix of backgrounds and countries. This year, both guests, Anne Haley and Jennifer Guzman, are from Little Rock, so Anne changed the format somewhat by describing what relates to each one and then asking them what these past months have meant to them. First, Jennifer Guzman was born in Florida and then moved to Little Rock when she was twelve. She attended Little Rock schools and graduated from UALR with a degree in French and International Studies. She chose Cambodia for her international service. Her public service

Arts Scene: Clinton School Graduates, Haley And Guzman/Opera In The Rock Presents "La Boheme"

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