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The sixth annual “Friends In Great Places” concert will be this Saturday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m. at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville.  Numerous Arkansas musicians will perform to raise money for various causes at the community college.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with concert organizer Danny Dozier.

Folk music super-group Brother Sun will perform in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro on Tuesday, February 25 at 7:30 p.m.  This admission-free concert is part of the ASU Lecture/Concert Series.  The group’s newest CD was named The North American Folk Music Chart’s Album of the Year for 2013. In addition, their song, “Lady of the Harbor,” was named Song of the Year.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Greg Greenway, one of the three singer-songwriters who make up Brother Sun.

Acclaimed country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, will perform at KASU’s Bluegrass Monday on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to Ulisse about her musical roots.

The Moipei Quartet, a vocal ensemble of four sisters from Kenya, will perform Saturday, February 22, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Wendy Hymes, Fowler Center Director, about this concert.

The Foundation of Arts will present a community theatre production of the play The Scarlet Letter at the Forum in downtown Jonesboro February 22-24.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam, artistic and community development director of the Foundation of Arts, about this production.

The Delta Symphony Orchestra will present its Young Artists Concerto Concert Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  Grand prize winners from the DSO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition will perform along with the symphony and the Delta Symphony Youth Chorus.  Tickets for the concert are available now through the ASU Central Box Office.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Neale Bartee, Music Director and Conductor of the DSO, about this concert.

The fourth annual ‘Rockin’ The Night Away for the Paragould Band’ will be Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould.  This concert features Paragould-area musicians performing rock-and-roll songs from the 1950s through the 1980s.  The concert is a benefit for the Paragould School District’s band programs, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new instruments.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Richie Williams, Director of Bands in the Paragould School District.

Christian singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan will perform at Williams Baptist College’s Manley Chapel in Walnut Ridge on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m.  McMillan’s song “How He Loves” was named one of the 25 most influential worship songs of the past 25 years, and he has been nominated for numerous Dove Awards.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with McMillan about his music.

The ASU Fowler Center welcomes a very unique theatrical production this weekend.  Lightwire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise And The Hare” Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the co-creator of Ligthtwire Theatre, Ian Carney.

The Arkansas State University Museum will host two activities for Black History Month.  An exhibit of photographs by Nadia Bates is on display this month.  Also, TinkerFest, a hands-on display of items by African-American inventors, will be presented Saturday, February 8.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Marti Allen and Jill Kary about these events.

Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, ASU Music Department faculty members, will perform a trumpet-piano recital at ASU-Jonesboro Tuesday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Wilson and Clark about this rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy a recital of this type.

The Harlem Quartet will perform Monday in Riceland Hall as part of ASU-Jonesboro’s Lecture/Concert series.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Ilmar Gavilan, one of the members of this string quartet, about the group’s unique mission and repertoire.

The strings and soloists of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the symphony’s music director, Philip Mann, about this upcoming performance.

The Foundation of Arts will present a stage adaptation of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” this weekend at the Forum Theatre in downtown Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with FOA Community Development and Artistic Director Kristi Pulliam and with actor Reid Shelton who portrays George Bailey onstage.

The Foundation of Arts will present a stage adaptation of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” this weekend at the Forum Theatre in downtown Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with FOA Community Development and Artistic Director Kristi Pulliam and with actor Reid Shelton who portrays George Bailey onstage.

This weekend, the Foundation of Arts will present its annual production of The Nutcracker.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam of the FOA, who said that this year’s show will be a bit different than the one presented in recent years.

The annual "Messiah Sing " occurs Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle sits down with director of "Messiah Sing" Kelly Kraft and Paul House, with the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry.  Click to hear this feature.

Arkansas State University's Theatre Department presents the production of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown".  This performance will be held at Fowler Center's Riceland Hall on Friday and Saturday, November 15th and 16th, and Monday through Wednesday, November 18th through the 20th, except for Saturday, November 16th, which is a morning show starting at ten.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough speaks to assistant professor of theatre at Arkansas State Univertsity, Lisa Bohn, who is also directing the play.

The Department of Music at Arkansas State University will present the University Choirs in concert on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Fowler Center, Riceland Hall.  The University/Community Choir is under the direction of Dr. Dale Miller, professor of music and director of choral activities at A-State. University Men’s and Women’s Choirs are under the direction of Sean Pollock, and Vocal Jazz Ensemble is under the direction of Dr. Kyle Chandler, assistant professor of music.

The Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present the 1940’s Big Band-style musical, “All Hands On Deck!” written by Jody Madaras.  The two-act revue based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour uses four performers, an announcer and a nine‑piece Big Band-style orchestra to recreate a road show for American troops. The show features the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the ‘40s.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with Madaras about Saturday night's concert during this Spotlight on the Arts feature.

The ASU Opera Theatre fall production will have an unexpected alien invasion.  On Thursday and Friday, October 24th and 25th at 7:30 pm, the fall production of "Aliens Invade Opera Scenes" takes place in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough speaks with director of the ASU Opera Theatre Marika Kyriakos in this Spotlight on the Arts feature.

The ASU Concert Choir and Chamber Singers present their fall concert in the Fowler Center at Riceland Hall.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with director of choral activities, Dr. Dale Miller, about the free concert on Tuesday, October 15th. 

Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming season of performances at the Fowler Center on the campus of Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough has more in this report. 

Tonight, KASU welcomes Jeanie and the Guys to Bluesday Tuesday at the Newport Country Club.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle speaks with drummer and vocalist Jeanie Hendrix about the band; specifically, how the band was recently recognized by the Arkansas Legislature for how the band has helped numerous non-profit organizations. 

Rhodes Family Special tonight

Jun 13, 2013

From the 1930s to the 1970s, the Rhodes family has played key roles in the music scene. With roots in rural Arkansas, members of this musical family are still performing. They'll be profiled in a special program tonight at 6:00 p.m. on KASU. Here's a brief preview of the special...

A local filmmaker will have his work shown Friday night during the Ozark Foothills Film Festival in Batesville.  KASU's Mike Doyle interviews Bob Hager about his film Black Marks on White Paper. 

  

In the February Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks with the Foundation of the Arts  about art classes and the upcoming performance of "Wind and the Willows".

After historic river flooding in April, the Imperial Dinner Theatre in Pocahontas is being renovated and getting ready for a grand re-opening in early 2012.  KASU's Johnathan Reaves talks about it with Kelly Grooms, Artistic Director of Studio of the Arts in Pocahontas.

The ninth annual Breakfast with Ballerinas will be held in Jonesboro on Saturday, November 19th. KASU's Marty Scarbrough talks about the event with Jonesboro's Foundation of Arts Community Development Director Kristi Pulliam.

The ASU Opera Theatre will present "Opera Idol," a program spoofing the popular TV show "American Idol."  Student "contestants" will demonstrate their opera skills before a panel of "celebrity" judges.  The program will be presented Thursday, October 21, and Friday, October 22, at 7:30 each evening at Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough spoke with Marika Kyriakos, director of ASU Opera Theatre, who explained the concept behind this production.

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