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The Lecture-Concert Series serves Arkansas State University and the surrounding communities in bringing to the A-State campus notable guest speakers and performers of diverse backgrounds and wide appeal. Many of the Lecture-Concert Series events include additional activities on the A-State campus as well as community outreach projects that enhance the quality of life and culture within and beyond the bounds of our university. Please consult this website for complete details of each guest including guest bios, interviews, videos, sound clips, itineraries and more! As in the past, all our events are free and open to the public.

Fall 2016 Schedule At A Glance

 

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Event Date and Time Venue
Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary Tuesday, September 13, 2016
12:30 pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade
(Rain: HSS Auditorium, 1028)
Alash, Tuvan Throat Singers Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:30 pm Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
David Gordy, Director PTSD Foundation of America Arkansas Chapter  Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:30 pm Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade
(Rain: HSS Auditorium, 1028)
Natural State Brass Band Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
Greg Reish, Old-Time and Bluegrass Music Scholar Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 12:30 pm Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade
(Rain: Fine Arts Recital Hall)
Greenfield Lecturer: Susan Bordo, Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00 pm Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium, 1028
Brock McGuire Band Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00 pm Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
Iktus Piano and Percussion Duo, Chris Graham and Denise Fillion Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30 pm Fine Arts Recital Hall


Fall 2016

1-baur(144)Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder of Farm Sanctuary
Tuesday, September 13, 2016, 12:30 pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade
(Rain: Humanities and Social Sciences Building Auditorium HSS 1028)

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One of the Good Guys – Nell Alk, Ecorazzi

Gene Baur is co founder and president of Farm Sanctuary, and has been hailed as "the conscience of the food movement" by TIME magazine. He was a pioneer in undercover investigations and instrumental in passing the first U.S. laws to ban inhumane factory farming practices. Beginning in 1986, he has traveled extensively, campaigning to raise awareness about the abuses of animal agriculture and our cheap food system. Gene's latest book, Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day, was published by Rodale in April 2015. He has a master's degree in agricultural economics from Cornell University, and is a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


2-alash(144)Alash, Tuvan Throat Singers
Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the SCI Student Chapter.

Sometimes you see a performance so singular, so extraordinary, that you know the experience is going to live with you forever. This was such a performance. — Behind the Scene Gloucestershire, UK

Alash is an ensemble of master throat singers from Tuva. While they are inspired by the music of the great musicians of Tuva and Central Asia, they are also influenced by such western artists as Sun Ra and Jimi Hendrix. They have collaborated with such diverse musicians as the innovative jazz ensemble Sun Ra Arkestra, the beatboxer Shodekeh, and Béla Fleck and the Flecktones. The ensemble was awarded first prize in Tuva's 2004 International Xöömei Symposium competition. At the 2008 International Xöömei Symposium, three Alash musicians swept the top prizes and the fourth took top honors for his duet performance. Not to be missed, this is a very rare opportunity to experience a musical performance unlike any other.


military_badges(144)David Gordy, Director PTSD Foundation of America Arkansas Chapter 
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 12:30 pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade 
(Rain: Humanities and Social Sciences Building Auditorium HSS 1028)

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David Gordy from Jonesboro will speak on the issue of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder affecting our veterans. Gordy is a Combat Veteran of the United States Army Infantry who was stationed in Iraq from 2004-2005. Since returning, he battled addiction and was later diagnosed with PTSD. In 2015, after years of therapy to manage the disorder, Gordy and fellow Jonesboro native Gary Miranda organized a PTSD support group for veterans in the Jonesboro area. The group meets regularly and averages about 6-7 veterans a night. Members of the PTSD Foundation of America Arkansas Chapter will be on hand to tell their stories, describe how PTSD has affected their lives, and offer suggestions as to what we can do to help our vets manage. Please join us in thanking our local veterans for their many sacrifices, listening to their stories, and learning about what we all can do to assist them in finding their way back home.


4-naturalstatebrassband(144)Natural State Brass Band
Sunday, October 9, 2016, 2:00 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, and the A-State Brass Society.

Established on July 1, 2003, the Natural State Brass Band has become one of the premier performing ensembles in Arkansas while bringing the sounds and styles of the traditional British Brass Band to new audiences statewide. In their thirteen-year history the ensemble has garnered two North American Brass Band Association Championships and several runner-up finishes and became the first U.S. brass band to perform at the English National Championships. The group performs a wide variety of musical styles in venues of all types. The band currently performs under the baton of Rico Belotti, a founding member of the band.


5-reish(144)Greg Reish, Old-Time and Bluegrass Music Scholar
Tuesday, October 11, 2016, 12:30 pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building Facade
(Rain: Fine Arts Center Recital Hall)

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the A-State Guitar Guild.

There are old 78s that have this level of performance, but it’s a rare achievement. – Bluegrass Unlimited

Greg Reish is Director of the Center for Popular Music and Professor of Music History at Middle Tennessee State University. A scholar of old-time and bluegrass specializing in early vernacular guitar styles, Reish is also a singer and multi-instrumentalist who has performed across much of the United States, and in 2007 made a six-city solo tour of Japan. In October 2015 he released an album entitled, Speed of the Plow, an instrumental collection of old-time fiddle and guitar duets with his musical partner Matt Brown. In 2016 Reish launched his own radio show, Lost Sounds, on WMOT 89.5 FM, which can be heard throughout middle Tennessee and streaming on the web. He earned a BM in jazz guitar from the University of Miami, followed by a PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia.


6-bordo(144)Greenfield Lecturer: Susan Bordo
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:00 pm
Humanities 1028

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, the Women and Gender Studies Program, and the Diversity Program.

Women crave power, hell yes! Deal with it! – Susan Bordo from The Creation of Anne Boleyn

Susan Bordo is Professor of Gender and Women's Studies and holds the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Her books and articles on women, men, body image, cultural history, and contemporary media are read throughout the world. Her works include Unbearable Weight, a best seller that the New York Times described as a “feminist classic” and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private, one of the first in the then-emerging field of masculinity studies, and her most recent book The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen. Bordo is currently working on a book about Hillary Clinton and frequently blogs on Huffington Post and other Internet sites.


7-brock_mcguire(144)Brock McGuire Band
Sunday, October 16, 2016, 3:00 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, and KASU.

The Brock McGuire Band represents the highest accomplishment in the world of Irish Traditional and related musics. - Christopher J Smith, Professor, Texas Tech

Named “Traditional Irish Band of the Decade” by the Irish American News, multi-award winning Brock McGuire Band is fronted by two of Ireland’s most celebrated traditional musicians: button accordionist and melodeonist Paul Brock and fiddler Manus McGuire. The band also includes multi-instrumentalist Dave Curley (banjo, mandolin, bodhran,vocals and dance), and acclaimed pianist, composer and arranger Denis Carey. A beacon of passion and precision, integrity and diversity, the Brock McGuire Band is steeped in the Irish musical tradition and yet manages to seamlessly blend in elements from American old time and bluegrass, French-Canadian, and other Celtic traditions to create something accessible, recognizable, beautiful, and entirely unique.


8-iktus(144)Iktus Piano and Percussion Duo, Chris Graham and Denise Fillion
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 7:30 pm
Fine Arts Recital Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the SCI Student Chapter.

The composition of sound in space, the location of sound(s), direction and speed of travel, rotation and ‘flooding”… all of these ideas were also developed in Kontakte. - Robert Worby

Iktus Piano and Percussion Duo is a New York City based ensemble dedicated to performing and commissioning repertoire scored for piano, percussion, and electronics. Show-casing Karlheinze Stockhausen's masterpiece, Kontakte, the duo has given numerous performances, workshops, and masterclasses at the University of Washington, Washington Composers Forum, Onondaga Community College, Suffolk Community College, Brooklyn College, Cornell University, Rutgers University, Issue Project Room's "Darmstadt Series", Ear to Heart Music, New York City Electronic Music Festival, Charlotte New Music Festival, and the Bellingham Electronic Arts Festival. Currently, the duo has recorded Bruce Hamilton's newly commissioned piece, Attractors, set to be released in 2017.



Spring 2017 Schedule At A Glance

Event Date and Time Venue
Antigoni Goni, Classical Guitarist Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm

Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Stephen Beus, Classical Pianist Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:30 pm Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
Parker String Quartet Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 pm Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
An Evening with Jose Rodriguez Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 pm Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium 1028
Gregg Goodhart, The Learning Coach
April 17-21, 2017 Multiple Venues and Times


Spring 2017

9-goni(144)Antigoni Goni, Classical Guitarist
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
Fine Arts Recital Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the A-State Guitar Guild.

An eloquent player with a graceful touch and a rich sound.- New York Times


Universally praised for her profound artistic sensitivity, her exquisite sound and for her unmatched palette of colors and dynamics, the Greek guitarist Antigoni Goni is internationally acclaimed as a true ambassador of the guitar and a sought-after pedagogue. Among her many accolades are best interpretation of Latin American music at the 1988 International Guitar Competition, and first prize in the 1995 Guitar Foundation of America Competition. Since the early 1990s she has performed in Amsterdam, London, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Acropolis, St. Petersburg, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow, and the Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in New York. For her international achievements, the Royal Academy of Music in London awarded her with the honorary title of Associate Professor. Antigoni Goni is Professor of Guitar at the Royal Conservatory in Brussels.


10-beus(144)Stephen Beus, Classical Pianist
Monday, February 20, 2017, 7:30 pm
Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the Piano Society.

Mesmerizing… explosive… intelligent… he belongs on the world stage - Salt Lake Tribune

In the space of four months, American pianist Stephen Beus won first prize in the Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, first place in the Vendome Prize International Competition and he was awarded the Max I. Allen Fellowship of the American Pianists Association. Later, as a result of winning the Juilliard School Concerto Competition, Beus made his Carnegie Hall debut with the Juilliard Orchestra. He has also performed as guest soloist with the Gulbenkian Symphony, Oxford Philomusica, the Tivoli Symphony, as well as with an impressive number of other orchestras throughout the world. Beus is equally active as a soloist and has performed at Wigmore Hall, the Salle Gaveau and Salle Cortot, Merkin Hall, the Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, among others. Beus holds degrees from The Juilliard School, and Stony Brook University, and currently teaches at Brigham Young University.


11-parker(144)Parker String Quartet
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30 pm
Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, The Department of Music, the Diversity Program, and the A-State Orchestra Society.

Something extraordinary – New York Times

Back by popular demand! Inspiring performances, luminous sound, and exceptional musicianship are the hallmarks of the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet. Renowned for its dynamic interpretations and polished, expansive colors, the group has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. Their recording of Ligeti’s complete works for string quartet won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. They were the last string quartet to win this category. In 2016 they released a recording of Mendelssohn’s Quartets and are planning a European tour featuring performances with violist Kim Kashkashian in 2017. Since 2014 they have been artists-in-residence at Harvard University. One of the finest and most exciting string quartets you will hear anywhere.


12-jose_rodriguez(144)An Evening with Jose Rodriguez
Thursday, April 13, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Humanities and Social Sciences Auditorium 1028

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With generous funding support from the A-State Liberal Arts College, English Department and Multicultural Center.

Jose A. Rodriguez's poetry collections include The Shallow End of Sleep (2011,Tia Chucha Press/Northwestern UP) and Backlit Hour (2013, SFASU Press/Texas A&M UP). His work has appeared in various journals and magazines, including Poetry, The New Republic, Paterson Literary Review, Green Mountains Review, Lake Effect, Cream City Review, Water-Stone Review, Tusculum Review, Upstreet, Big Muddy, Paddlefish, and others. He's the recipient of the 2014 RHINO Founders' Prize, the 2009 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and four nominations for the Pushcart Prize. He currently teaches at The University of Texas-Pan American and has a memoir forthcoming spring 2017 with Oklahoma Press.


12-goodhart(144)Gregg Goodhart, The Learning Coach
April 17-21, 2017
Multiple Venues and Times

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With generous funding support from the College of Liberal Arts, and the Create@State program.

Brilliant! - Dr. Brenda Brenner, director of string education for the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University

Gregg Goodhart’s passion for teaching others how to learn and reach their potential led to intense interest and research in the areas of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience and psychology as they relate to teaching. The result has been the development of innovative workshops and presentations that Goodhart has presented to schools and universities throughout the country. The practical methods discussed in these workshops are backed, informed, and shaped by relevant research that leaves students and teachers with significant ways to improve their teaching/learning/practice. Please see our website and the A-State Digest for specific information about the workshops.