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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.  As in the past, all our events are free and open to the public.

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  • Lecture Concert Series Fall 2019

    Fall 2019 Schedule At A Glance

     

    Event Date and Time Venue
    U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7:00 PM Reng Student Union, Third Floor
    Black ‘n da Blues: Stories and Songs from the Arkansas Delta: 1919-2019 Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:30 PM Grand Hall, Fowler Center
    Acclaimed Tubist Mike Forbes Tuesday, October 1, 2018, 7:30 PM Fine Arts Recital Hall
    Dramatic Tenor Vocalist Brad Perry Monday, October 7, 2019, 7:30 PM Fine Arts Recital Hall
    Greenfield Lecture: Africa I: Zodwa Dlamini Monday, October 14, 2019, 7:00 PM Reng Student Union Auditorium
    Author and Historian Alan McPherson October 16, 2019, 7:00 PM TBA
    The Innovative Juggler, Greg Kennedy: "Science, Engineering and Art: A Juggler’s Perspective” Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:30 PM Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

     


    Fall 2019

    harjo(144)U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo
    Thursday, September 26, 2019, 7 PM
    Reng Student Union Auditorium

    "…raw and honest… Harjo is the Muscogee/Creek word meaning reckless in battle, or crazy brave. It is a good name and one she has earned. --Jack Shakely, Los Angeles Review of Books. < /br> On June 19, 2019, Joy Harjo became the first Native American to be named U.S. Poet Laureate. Joy’s work draws on First Nation storytelling and histories, as well as feminist and social justice poetic traditions. She once commented, “I feel strongly that I have a responsibility to all the sources that I am: to all past and future ancestors, to my home country, to all places that I touch down on and that are myself, to all voices, all women, all of my tribe, all people, all earth, and beyond that to all beginnings and endings. In a strange kind of sense [writing] frees me to believe in myself, to be able to speak, to have voice, because I have to; it is my survival.” She is a creative polymath, deeply grounded in her ancestry, an activist on indigenous people’s rights, a musician, and an engaging speaker. Please join us for this historic event for our campus! .


    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Department of English and Philosophy.


    Black ‘n da Blues: Stories and Songs from the Arkansas Delta: 1919-2019
    Friday, September 27, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Grand Hall, Fowler Center


    Remembering the victims and tragedy of the 1919 Elaine, Arkansas Massacre

    The Delta Cultural Center, the Remember2019 Collective, the Elaine Legacy Center, and the Boys, Girls, Adults, Community and Development Center in Marvell, present their third tour of “Black ‘n da Blues: Stories and Songs from the Arkansas Delta. The concert will feature blues singer and high-stepper James “Gone for Good” Morgan, guitarist Marcus Mookie Cartwright, and gospel singer and Elaine, Arkansas native Vera White. These fabulous blues artists will present blues, spirituals and R & B, which tell the story of the last 100 years of Phillips County, Arkansas’ cultural heritage and race history. The Remember2019 Collective is funded by the JKW Foundation, as well as several other nationally recognized funding sources.


    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Heritage Studies Ph.D. Program.


    3-forbes(144)Acclaimed Tubist Mike Forbes
    Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Fine Arts Recital Hall

    …an outstanding tubist with a solid, colorful tone, terrific technical skills, and dramatic flair - American Record Guide
    An artist of widely diverse musical talents, Mike Forbes can be heard on his two solo albums on Summit Records. His Forbes Plays Koetsier features all seven works for solo tuba by Dutch composer, Jan Koetsier. His more recent release, Forbes Plays Forbes features his own compositions for tuba. Mike has been a featured tubist with the Guy's All Star Shoe band on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keiller and also gave the first ever solo tuba recital on Wisconsin Public Radio’s popular broadcast, Live from the Chazen. He has very recently collaborated with European Tuba Phenom, Sérgio Carolino in a new group called the Trans-Atlantic Tuba Connection and their new recording Full Tilt featuring many of his new works for tuba duo and drums was recently released.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Department of Music.


    4-perry(144)Dramatic Tenor Vocalist Brad Perry
    Monday, October 7, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Fine Arts Recital Hall

    Brad Perry is a dramatic tenor, opera singer and educator and is the Resident Tenor for the TOCCATA Tahoe Symphony Orchestra. Brad recently joined the faculty of Sierra Nevada College and is the Owner/Operator of Village Music a Private Music School in Incline Village, NV. In what will no doubt be a delightful, emotionally engaging concert, expect some of the most beloved selections of opera literature including arias and songs by Puccini, Verdi, Capurro, Leoncavallo, Schubert, and Beethoven.

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


    5-zodwa(144)Greenfield Lecture: Africa I: Zodwa Dlamini
    Monday, October 14, 2019, 7 PM
    Reng Student Union Auditorium

    The Greenfield Lecture is funded through an endowment established by Drs. Rosalee and Raymond Weiss to honor her mother, Corinne Sternheimer Greenfield, who was born in Jonesboro in 1896 and whose family was among the first to support the state agricultural school that is now Arkansas State University.
    The story every student needs to hear! As teachers at a South African farm school, Zodwa Dlamini’s parents emphasized to her that education was the key to escaping the clutches of apartheid. Driven by a strong desire to improve the lives of those in her community, she committed herself to hard work and an education that she would later harness to effect positive change, reigniting hope for her South African community. Zodwa received a PhD in Social Foundations in 1992 from the University of Iowa where she researched the education of homeless children in South Africa. Zodwa returned to South Africa in 1994 to vote in the first non-racial democratic election. She later became head of the Northern Cape Province Education Department and Chief Delegate for the Lesotho Highlands Water Commission. Her exceptional hard work motivated by the desire to end the injustice and discrimination she experienced as a child is a story that will deeply touch and inspire many. This is the first event of a three-part subseries concerning Africa.

    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 College of Liberal Arts and Communication.


    6-mcpherson(144) Author and Historian Alan McPherson
    October 16, 2019, 7 PM
    TBA

    Alan McPherson is the director of Temple University’s Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy and a historian of U.S.-Latin American relations and global activism. He is an award winning author who has written widely on U.S. interventions in Latin America but also on the advocacy of rock band U2. His most recent book, Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice (2019) discusses the assassination of Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier, killed in Washington, DC, on September 21, 1976 by a car bomb. The US government was hesitant to blame Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, a Cold War ally. McPherson proves that Pinochet had ordered the murder, providing a definitive account of this assassination that forever changed the course of counterterrorism and democracy in the western hemisphere.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, Department of History, and Department of Political Science.


    7-kennedyThe Innovative Juggler, Greg Kennedy: Science, Engineering and Art: A Juggler’s Perspective”
    Thursday, October 24, 2019, 7:30 PM
    Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

    Kennedy’s pieces have a kinetic beauty, a thrill in the precarious balance of objects in motion.--Shaun Brady, Philadelphia City Paper.
    Originally trained as an engineer, Greg Kennedy uses the principles of geometry and physics to create groundbreaking work with original apparatus. As a young juggler, he quickly made a name for himself in the juggling community not only by his mastery of traditional juggling technique, but also for creating entirely new forms of manipulation. He is now renowned for his many original contributions to juggling as an art form. Jugglers know him for his award-winning creativity; audiences know him for his entertaining performance, making visual spectacles by combining art and science. Science, Engineering & Art gracefully transitions between inspirational, real-world anecdotes, and kinetic creations while providing the audience with perspective on how science and art unite.

    With generous funding support from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and the Arkansas Science Festival.


     

  • Lecture Concert Series Spring 2020

    Spring 2020 Schedule At A Glance

    Event Date and Time Venue
    Africa II: African Children’s Choir Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7 PM Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
    Gregg Goodhart, The Learning Coach January 27-31, 2020, 1 Week Residency Multiple Venues
    Windsync Wind Quintet Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:30 PM Fine Arts Recital Hall
    Virtuoso Flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30 pm Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
    Africa III: African Drumming Master Gideon Alorwoyie and His Ensemble Monday, April 13, 2020, 7:30 PM Riceland Hall, Fowler Center
    Ipsa Dixit, an Opera by Kate Soper with Stephanie Lamprea Thursday, April 23, 2020 TBA

     


    Spring 2020

    8-african-childrens(144)Africa II: African Children’s Choir
    Saturday, January 11, 2020, 7 PM
    Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

    It takes your breath away just watching them dance and sing. It’s such a beautiful experience it’s hard to explain in words.--Reverend Joe Muth.

    A pre-semester treat and celebration of African arts! The African Children’s Choir is comprised of African children ages 7-12 from many African nations who have endured a lifetime of extreme poverty. Since it’s founding in 1984, the choir has released numerous recordings and has performed with Mariah Carey and has been featured on The Tonight Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, and American Idol, among others. Their program promotes the beauty, dignity and unlimited ability of the African child around the world, being a voice for the millions of suffering children who cannot speak for themselves. The program provides for the children’s well being and quality education, utilizing the transformative power of music. This is the second event of a three-part subseries concerning Africa.

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


    9-goodhart(144)Gregg Goodhart, The Learning Coach
    January 27-31, 2020
    A Week-long Residency in the Science of Learning

    Multiple Venues
    Contact Dr. Tim Crist (tcrist@astate.edu) to participate in a class.

    Seeing such a clear and detailed road map of how to effectively coach our brains gave me and will give my students such a feeling of being enabled. --Ian Snyder, University of Minnesota.

    Gregg Goodhart has an intense passion for teaching the art of learning. Students, teachers, faculty, and anyone interested in improving their learning skills will benefit immensely from Gregg’s classes as they feel the true empowerment of learning take effect. Of Gregg’s work which is all backed, informed, and shaped by relevant research, people have said, “Brilliant!,” “I wish I knew this info 20 years ago,” and “one of the most beneficial presentations to my teachers I think they have attended.” During his residency, Gregg will present several classes, workshops, and lectures, which will awaken students to the techniques that produce deep, lasting learning. These classes have the potential to be life-changing for many as they discover the capability within to exceed their own perceived limitations.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication, the Department of Music, and the Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Sciences.


    10-windsync(144)Windsync Wind Quintet
    Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Fine Arts Recital Hall

    ... staunchly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of wind quintet performance with youthful, pop-rock sensibility. --Winnipeg Free Press.

    WindSync is a collective of five outstanding North American wind musicians who come together as performers, educators, and community-builders. WindSync concerts are intimate, joyful, and thoughtfully programmed with people and places in mind. The quintet performs from memory, connecting quickly and memorably with audiences. Recent winners of the Concert Artists Guild and Fischoff competitions, WindSync approach their mixed repertory of wind quintets and arrangements with the highest level of artistic dedication. WindSync has appeared in recital at the Met Museum, Schubert Club, Shanghai Oriental Arts Center, and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. Their Spring 2020 tour kicks off with a special A-State concert that may include works by Gottschalk, Ligeti and Mellits’ Apollo which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Department of Music.


    11-brooks(144)Virtuoso Flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith
    Friday, April 3, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

    It is the best playing I have heard for a very long time. What can I say? He is a brilliant performer. --James Galway.

    Flutist Brooks de Wetter-Smith, is in great demand as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass teacher, having given concerts in 20 nations and nearly all 50 states. His recordings have been released on the Albany, Aurophon, Centaur, Christophorus, Crystal, and Paulinas labels, spanning baroque, romantic, twentieth-century, and jazz-inspired repertoire. He has been featured in frequent radio and television broadcasts, including Salzburg Radio, Radio/Television Hong Kong, PBS, and National Public Radio. Brooks de Wetter-Smith has uncovered numerous 19th century works for flute, several of which he has recorded. He received a master's degree from the New England Conservatory, a doctorate from the Eastman School of Music and is the James Gordon Hanes Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Department of Music.


    12-gideon(144)Africa III: African Drumming Master Gideon Alorwoyie and His Ensemble
    Monday, April 13, 2020, 7:30 PM
    Riceland Hall, Fowler Center

    Gideon Alorwoyie (pronounced al-or-WO-yee) is a rarity in American academia. Gideon is a master drummer from Africa who has worked with notable scholars and composers such as David Locke, John Chernoff, and Steve Reich. He held positions at the State University of New York, College at Brockport, the American Conservatory of Music and at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago before joining the University of North Texas faculty where he is the artistic director of the UNT African Percussion Ensemble. Gideon is from Anlo-Afiadenyigba in the Volta Region of Ghana, West Africa and is highly regarded as one of Ghana's foremost virtuosos of traditional music and dance. Joining Professor Alorwoyie will be African drummers and dancers from all over the country. This is the third event of a three-part subseries concerning Africa.

    With generous funding support from College of Liberal Arts and Communication and the Department of Music.


    13-lamprea(144)Ipsa Dixit, an Opera by Kate Soper
    Featuring TedTalk Lecturer and Innovative Vocalist, Stephanie Lamprea
    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    TBA

    Comprehensively astounding ... a twenty-first century masterpiece .... a ninety-minute tour de force in which ideas assume sound and form. Call it philosophy-opera. -- Alex Ross, The New Yorker.

    Philosophy Opera! Of the title Kate Soper remarks, "'Ipsa dixit' is the feminized form of ipse dixit (literally "he, himself, said it"), a fallacy in which an assertion is made based not on proof, but on the supposed authority of the speaker alone ... Each of the six movements in Ipsa Dixit is dogged by our inability to use language to get all the way to the bottom of things: The pursuit of truth, in everyday circumstances as well as in matters of life and death, restlessly haunts the piece at its surface." Composer Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize in music. Innovative vocalist and TedTalk lecturer Stephanie Lamprea joins us to discuss her insatiable drive towards building a portfolio of exceptionally creative work.

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