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The Arkansas State University Theatre Department’s production of the play Silent Sky opens Friday night, September 28th in the Simpson Theatre in the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  Additional performances are September 29th at seven-thirty, September 30th at two o’clock, and Tuesday, October second and Wednesday, October third also at seven-thirty.

KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with actor Courtney Light and the play’s director Marc Williams… who is also the chair of the A-State Theatre Department.  Williams described the plot and setting of Silent Sky.

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JONESBORO – Nine regional acts will take the stage Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19, during “KASU Music Nights” at the Johnny Cash Heritage Festival in Dyess.  The performances are all free and will be held at the Dyess Colony Circle.

These talented singers and musicians, most representing Northeast Arkansas, will perform after the conclusion of symposium events in the Visitors Center. Each band or artist will play a 45-minute set.

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Plans are underway for the 20-19 Delta Symposium at Arkansas State University.  This annual event brings together scholars from around the world to examine the unique history and culture of the Mississippi River delta.  Proposals are now being taken for presenters for next year’s event.  Dr.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

The Muses Creative Artistry Project is an Arkansas-based arts ensemble.  This group will present a concert of music from operas and Broadway musicals this Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Deleen Davidson, the president and general director of the Muses, about the upcoming concert and about the group’s mission.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

The line-up has been announced for the 2018-2019 Riceland Distinguished Performance Series at the Fowler Center on the A-State campus in Jonesboro.

JONESBORO – Arkansas State University’s Fowler Center will present Steep Canyon Rangers Friday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. as the next installment in the 2017-18 series.

The Steep Canyon Rangers' newest album "Out in the Open" made its debut hitting #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Album Chart.   With "Out in the Open," Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in all of contemporary American music.

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Multiple musicians with connections to Arkansas received 2018 Grammy Award nominations on Tuesday. 

The country music group Little Big Town includes Phillip Sweet who was raised in Cherokee Village in Northeast Arkansas.  That group was nominated for the Best Country Duo/Group Performance Grammy for the song “Better Man.”  That song, which was written by Taylor Swift, was also nominated for Best Country Song.  Little Big Town was also nominated for the Best Country Album Grammy for their CD The Breaker.

Wednesday, due to Hurricane Irma approaching south Florida, the scheduled Saturday football game at Centennial Bank Stadium in Jonesboro between Arkansas State University and the University of Miami was cancelled.  Wednesday morning, ASU Athletic Director Terry Mohajir issued the following statement:

“Having lived in Palm Beach County for seven years, my thoughts and prayers are with everyone in South Florida as they prepare for Hurricane Irma.

The Little Rock-based Psych of the South record label recently released "Baby Doll," a CD featuring music by a 1960s band called the Playboys, which was a group of teenagers from Pine Bluff.  The group performed regularly in the region around Pine Bluff in the early 1960s.  Under the name The Magnificent Seven, the group released a 45 rpm single in 1962 on the Vee-Eight record label.  An unreleased, live recording of the band from 1963 was discovered, and the new CD features that recording and both sides of the 45 rpm record. 

The city of Newport will host the ninth annual Delta Visual Arts Show this Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a variety of venues in the downtown area of the city.  KASU's Marty Scarbrough spoke with Jon Chadwell, steering committee chairperson for the event, who described in detail the events which will occur in Newport on Saturday.

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This week, in the music department at Arkansas State University, Mr. Richard Pearson Thomas is serving as “composer in residence.”

He is working with students from the ASU Opera Theatre as they will present his comedic opera A Wake or A Wedding later this year.

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The Arkansas Department of Education is recommending that the Blytheville School District no longer be classified as being “in academic distress.”

That classification is given to individual schools and school districts when over a three year period 49% of their students score at or below proficiency in math and reading.  Proficiency is measured by state mandated testing.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould

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New members are being recruited for the A-State University-Community Choir.  In November, this ensemble will perform selections from a very popular and well-known piece of choral music, Handel’s Messiah.  Concerts will be held in both Jonesboro and Blytheville.

KASU's Program Director Marty Scarbrough interviews Dr. Dale Miller, Director of Choral Activities at Arkansas State University. Click on the Listen button above.