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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.


Spring 2016 Schedule At-A-Glance

Event Date and Time Venue
Anima Early Music Ensemble: Postcards from Orpheus  January 26, 2016
7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Greenfield Lecturer: Dr. Michael Honey


February 4, 2016
7:00 pm
Reng Center Student Union Auditorium
Iktus Combo  February 18, 2016
7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble February 19, 2016
7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
Tantalus Guitar Quartet March 1, 2016
7:30 pm
Fine Arts Center Recital Hall
Donald Sinta Saxophone Quartet March 14, 2016
7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
Parker String Quartet March 31, 2016
7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
The Music of Augusta Read Thomas, featuring The Parker String Quartet April 1, 2016
7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall


Spring 2016

lectureconcert_animaAnima Early Music Ensemble: Postcards from Orpheus
January 26, 2016
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, the A-State Office of Diversity, and the A-State Orchestra.

Beth Anne Hatton, soprano

Vita Wallace, Baroque violin

Christa Patton, Baroque harp

Motomi Igarashi, viola da gamba and lirone

Anima specializes in music for small ensemble and voice from the Baroque and late Renaissance, played on period instruments. The group features soprano Beth Anne Hatton, Baroque violinist Vita Wallace, viola da gambist and lirone player Motomi Igarashi, and harpist Christa Patton. As individuals, these artists have performed and recorded with ensembles throughout the eastern U.S. and continent-wide. Anima’s performances or early music are fresh, sincere, joyous and powerful. 
The story of Orpheus, the most famous musician in Heaven and on earth, is timeless and beloved in every land. Set exquisitely by the most celebrated composers, Anima brings you Orpheus' song, as he is heard in in the most splendid cities of Europe, with music by Luigi Rossi, Jean Baptist Lully, Juan Hidalgo, Leopold I of Vienna and more.



lectureconcert_honeyGreenfield Lecturer: Dr. Michael Honey
February 4, 2016
7:00 pm, Reng Center Student Union Auditorium

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This presentation is funded by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss of Teaneck, New Jersey, in memory of her mother, Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield, through an endowment supporting an annual lecture in the A-State College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Honey's and Handcox's voices mix in a unique combination of oral history and scholarly research that reminds us of the centrality of music, and of poetry, to US freedom movements.  - David Roediger, coauthor of The Production of Difference

Dr. Michael Honey of the University of Washington will present a talk titled “Sharecropper’s Troubadour: John L. Handcox, the Southern Tenant Farmers’ Union, and the African American Song Tradition.”  A former civil rights and civil liberties organizer in the 1970s, Michael Honey teaches at the University of Washington, Tacoma, and currently holds the university system's Harry Bridges Chair of Labor Studies. His Black Workers Remember: An Oral History of Segregation, Unionism, and the Freedom Struggle (1999) received an award from the Southern Historical Association (SHA), among others, and his Southern Labor and Black Civil Rights: Organizing Memphis Workers (1993) won SHA and Organization of American Historian awards. In 1985 Honey won the OAH's Charles Thomson Prize for his article on white Unionist resistance to the Confederacy. His talks are well known for taking a critical perspective on the past and present, using narrative, images, and song.



John McCutcheonIktus Combo 
February 18, 2016
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, and the A-State Bands.

...the members of Iktus... played with a sense of ensemble that is not to be rivaled. The performance was fearless and flawless, with some of the most exciting playing I have ever heard.  - Sequenza 21

An ensemble of saxophone, electric guitar, piano and percussion, IKTUS Combo is a slick combination of classical music and straight up rock-n-roll. Smart, gritty, elegant, head-bopping – a chamber group of today, comfortable in electric and acoustic worlds. In 2012, IKTUS presented compelling debut concerts at New York City’s Galapagos Art Space, Players Theater, and Brooklyn College, since then, continuing to perform locally while touring beyond the five boroughs to schools such as the University of Kentucky and University of Tennessee. While repertoire for the full quartet is abundant, this flexible ensemble breaks down into smaller groupings – featuring duos of acoustic guitar/piano and saxophone/percussion. The performers, each highly skilled in their craft, hold performance degrees from top programs across the country. IKTUS Combo is based in New York City. Iktus will perform works by Hurel, Andriessen and A-State’s faculty member Dan Tacke, among others.



lectureconcert_shadesofblue Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble
February 19, 2016
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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

The Shades of Blue Jazz Ensemble is a group of 18 professional enlisted musicians whose repertoire ranges from traditional big band jazz, to bebop and swing, to modern jazz. At one of their concerts, you are just as likely to hear the music of contemporary composers as you would the classic sounds of Count Basie or Glenn Miller. Several of the band's members are also gifted composers and arrangers, and their compositions are often featured in concert.

The band has backed many jazz greats such as Tex Benecke, Denis DiBlasio, Jamey Aebersold, Mike Smith, Bobby Shew, Allen Vizzutti, Jeff Jarvis, Mike Vax, Vaughn Nark, Bill Porter, Carmen Bradford, Shelley Berg, Joe Morello, Steve Houghton, and Walt Levinsky. Furthermore, the ensemble is often requested for featured performances at jazz clinics and festivals throughout the country.



lectureconcert_tantalusTantalus Guitar Quartet
March 1, 2016
7:30 pm, Fine Arts Center Recital Hall

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, and the A-State Guitar Guild.

perfect ensemble  - Reinischer Post, Germany

Kristian Anderson
Stephen Mattingly
Lynn McGrath
Sungmin Shin

The Tantalus Guitar Quartet has dazzled audiences across the globe with their warm stage presence, and imaginative and original programming. Tantalus expands the boundaries the traditional guitar quartet with new music by award-winning composers. This tradition continues with their second CD release: Foolish Fire, featuring world-premiere recordings of original works written for the Quartet. 
Tantalus maintains an active performing schedule and has appeared at important venues including Carnegie Hall, the Guitar Foundation of America Convention, the Mostly Music Series Chicago, and festivals in Canada and Europe. Included in the performance will be works by Kristian Anderson, Edie Hill, Philip Houghton, Roland Dyens, and Clarice Assad. Collaborating with Tantalus in their performance will be a selection of visual artists, dancers, poets, and storytellers producing a concert unlike any that you have seen before! Please see our website for more information.



lectureconcert_sintaDonald Sinta Saxophone Quartet
March 14, 2016
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, and the A-State Bands.

…a tight-knit ensemble exploding with power and virtuosity and an un-concealable ambition to connect with its newly found listeners - Boston Musical Intelligencer

Since forming in November of 2010, The Donald Sinta Quartet has quickly achieved international renown for their recitals, concerto performances, completely memorized presentation, and championing of the very latest repertoire from emerging young composers. DSQ have distinguished themselves on the competition circuit, making history by being the first saxophone quartet ever to win the Elmaleh 1st Prize in the Concert Artists Guild International Competition in NYC. DSQ’s repertoire spans centuries and encompasses the great string quartet repertoire of Dvorak, Schubert, and Shostakovich, as well as numerous saxophone standards and several new commissions and premieres by today’s emerging young composers. Known for their engaging stage presence and energetic performances, the DSQ will surely delight and inspire!



lectureconcert_parkerParker String Quartet
March 31, 2016
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Sciences and Mathematics, the A-State Office of Diversity, and A-State Orchestra.

Passages that demand ensemble precision were flawlessly balanced, perfectly tuned, and sheathed with lustrous textures. - New York Times 

Hailed by The New York Times as "something extraordinary," the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation. The quartet began its professional touring career in 2002 and garnered international acclaim in 2005, winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition as well as the Grand Prix and Mozart Prize at the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in France. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the quartet the prestigious biennial Cleveland Quartet Award for the 2009-2011 seasons. In 2011, they received a Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. The quartet spends a great deal of time each year working with young musicians through educational residency activities. The Parker Quartet's members hold graduate degrees in performance and chamber music from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the New England Conservatory's prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear one of the world’s most engaging and exciting string quartets.



lectureconcert_thmoasThe Music of Augusta Read Thomas, featuring The Parker String Quartet
April 1, 2016
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from  the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, the A-State Bands, and the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

Heart and soul in the breathtaking music of a thoughtful contemporary composer. Thomas's brainy brand of modernism reveals a lively, probing mind allied to a beating heart. — Gramphone Magazine, Donald Rosenberg


Composer Augusta Read Thomas was the Mead Composer-in-Residence for Daniel Barenboim and Pierre Boulez with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, from 1997 through 2006. In 2007, her Astral Canticle was one of the two finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in Music. Thomas has also been on the Board of Directors of the American Music Center since 2000, as well as on the boards and advisory boards of several chamber music groups. She was elected Chair of the Board of the American Music Center, a volunteer position that ran from 2005 to 2008. She is University Professor at The University of Chicago. Thomas’ music is striking in its beauty, elegance, and power. The A-State faculty and students will join with guest artist The Parker String Quartet in presenting a concert of Thomas’ chamber and large ensemble music.

Fall 2015 Schedule At A Glance

 

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Event Date and Time Venue
Author Jo McDougall September 10, 2015
7:00 pm
Humanities and Social Sciences Building, HSS 1028
The Cleveland Duo & James Umble September 15, 2015
7:30 pm
Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
Author Michael Gray: Bob Dylan & The History Of Rock'n'Roll October 29, 2015
7:00 pm
Reng Center Student Union Auditorium
Gary Dixon, Director of the Foundation for a Better Life November 10, 2015
7:00 pm
Reng Center Student Union Auditorium
Krakow Forum Sinfonia November 30, 2015
7:30 pm
Riceland Hall, Fowler Center


Fall 2015

lectureconcert_mcdougallAuthor Jo McDougall, "People, Places, Stories: Jo McDougall Reads from Her Collected Poems"
September 10, 2015
7:00 pm, Humanities and Social Sciences Building, HSS 1028

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With generous funding support from the Department of English and Philosophy.

McDougall's Poems Hum with Life - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Jo McDougall’s poems have appeared in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac, and in such journals as Arkansas Review, Arts and Letters, Georgia Review, Hudson Review and many others. Her awards include a DeWitt Wallace/Reader’s Digest Award; fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and the Arkansas Arts Council; Teacher of the Year, Pittsburg State University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta; and an Academy of American Poets award. She has been inducted into the Arkansas Writers Hall of Fame. This year she published her sixth book titled In the Home of the Famous Dead.


lectureconcert_clevelandduoThe Cleveland Duo & James Umble
September 15, 2015
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall

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With generous funding support from  the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the A-State Orchestra, and the A-State Piano Society.

...they poured forth their hearts as well as imaginative subtleties in phrasing... -  The Columbus Dispatch

Established as a dynamic concertizing ensemble since 1980, The Grammy nominated Cleveland Duo combines with nationally-known saxophonist, James Umble, to form an exciting threesome who are virtual pioneers in the world of chamber music. Their unusual combination of violin, piano, and saxophone affords them a unique programming style, which features repertoire ranging from the traditional and familiar classical to folk, ethnic, avant-garde and even jazz. The trio has also performed and lectured at important national and international conferences throughout North America. Their program will include works by Handel, Robert Schumann, Ravel, Darius Milhaud and Ernst Schulhoff.


lectureconcert_grayAuthor Michael Gray: Bob Dylan & The History Of Rock'n'Roll
October 29, 2015
7:00 pm, Reng Center Student Union Auditorium

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With generous funding support from the Department of English and Philosophy.

Good-humoured and insightful… an engaging speaker… a masterful communicator. - Ulster TV

Michael Gray is a critic, writer, public speaker & broadcaster recognized as a world authority on the work of Bob Dylan, and as an expert on rock’n’roll history. His pioneering study Song & Dance Man: The Art of Bob Dylan, published in the UK in 1972, was the first full-length critical study of Dylan’s work. Michael's vast Bob Dylan Encyclopedia, published by Continuum in New York & London in 2006 won the International Association of Music Libraries’ C.B. Oldman Prize for the year's outstanding work of reference and research. His work has been published in Rolling Stone, The Times, Literary Review, Independent, Guardian, Observer, Sunday Times, Weekend Telegraph, Independent on Sunday, Sunday Telegraph, Melody Maker, Uncut and more. Michael Gray’s events are always lively, spontaneous and acute, and thoroughly entertaining.


lectureconcert_dixonGary Dixon, Director of The Foundation for a Better Life
November 10, 2015
7:00 pm, Reng Center Student Union Auditorium

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With generous funding support from the College of Media and Communications.

A value is worth more when we pass it on.
 
The Foundation for a Better Life is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian organization that creates public service campaigns of uplifting messages to communicate values that make a difference in our communities. This presentation by director Gary Dixon will have general universal appeal, and will encourage people of a wide range of ideals, viewpoints and cultural backgrounds to bring out the best in themselves. Their diversity reinforces the idea that values can serve as common ground for all.


lectureconcert_krakowKrakow Forum Sinfonia
7:30 pm, Fowler Center, Riceland Hall
November 30, 2015

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With generous funding support from the A-State Department of Music, the College of Fine Arts, the SCI Chapter, the A-State Office of Diversity, and the A-State Orchestra.

The Krakow Forum Sinfonia, founded in 1993 by conductor Piotr Sulkowski, has been called "one of the best chamber orchestras in the world." Acting under the auspices of the Academy of Music in Krakow, Poland, Forum Sinfonia's prize-winning performances have brought them many awards and engagements throughout Europe and the USA.  Their CDs contain music from Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Serenada by Czajkowski, and the German musical Deorecording.  Their repertory ranges from Baroque to contemporary compositions.