2017 Season

2018 Season

Sarah Mesko

Sarah Mesko 'Through the Years' with Lyndon Meyer

Friday, September 7, 2018 | 7:30 – 9pm

The opener for our 2018-19 season will feature the operatic talents of Sarah Mesko.  Mesko, with pianist Lyndon Meyer, will perform 'Through The Years’, an assortment of musical selections that take the audience on a journey through composers and styles from multiple eras.  Praised by The Washington Post for her “consistently beautiful sound,” Sarah Mesko is rapidly gaining attention for her “rich mezzo soprano” voice and musicality.  A native of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Mesko holds a master of music degree in vocal performance from Rice University and a bachelor of music degree in vocal and flute performance from the University of Arkansas.

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8 Decades of Smiles

Candid Camera's 8 Decades of Smiles! with Peter Funt

Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 3 – 4:30pm

“Candid Camera’s 8 Decades of Smiles! With Peter Funt,” has pleased audiences nationwide. Peter’s hilarious stage comedy is blended with clips, quips and behind-the-scenes tales from the show’s funniest moments. The stage show incorporates the best Candid Camera clips in a fast-paced, laugh-filled romp through the decades. Peter’s topical humor is blended with audience participation and special surprises to make the show an event you won't want to miss! Ages 5 & up.  For more information on the show, check out the website!

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The Hillbenders present The Who's 'TOMMY:  A Bluegrass Opry' with Maybe April

Friday, October 5, 2018 | 7:30 – 9:30pm

Forty-five years after its original release, The Who’s ‘Tommy', a masterpiece of the American songbook, has now been fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders.  The live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with audience participation. The show will open with Maybe April, a Country Americana trio made up of Katy Bishop, Kristen Castro, and Alaina Stacey.

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Gina Chavez

Gina Chavez presented by UARK MP3

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 7:30 – 9pm

Gina Chavez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner — including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted. Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a national feature on NPR's All Things Considered and has been hailed by The Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly and the Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s top 15 of 2015.  This performance is in association with International Education Week and made possible by the Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Faulkner Performing Arts Center, and the Graduate School & International Education.

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Gina Chavez está combinando los sonidos de toda América con tensión y gracia. Chavez, una cantante pop latina y multiétnica, es ganadora por nueve veces del premio de la música de Austin---incluyendo músico del año en el 2015, y el “álbum del año” en su segundo año de carrera con el disco “Up. Rooted.”

Su álbum independiente alcanzó las primeras posiciones en Amazon y las listas de iTunes latino, seguido de su actuación en el programa “All Things Considered” de la televisión Nacional (NPR, por sus siglas en inglés), y aclamada por el “Boston Globe,” “USA Today”, “Texas”Montly” y las Crónicas de Austin. El concierto hecho por su banda en el program “Tiny Desk” alcanzó la lista de los mejores 15 programas en el 2015. La compilación apasionada de Chavez por las canciones bilingües lleva a la audiencia en un viaje por América.

Esta actuación es en asociación con International Education Week y se hace posible gracias a Department of Music, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Faulkner Performing Arts Center, y Graduate School & International Education.

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Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | 7:30 – 9pm

Hop aboard a musical time machine to hear the syncopated classics of Scott Joplin brought back to life by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra! Peacherine, “the premier American ragtime ensemble” as hailed by The Washington Post, celebrates the King of Ragtime and his stirring instrumental favorites, all played from the original historic orchestral scores. Although you may not know the name Scott Joplin by heart, you’ve heard his classic melodies everywhere - from the soundtrack to the 1973 Academy Award winning film The Sting, to the tunes played by the ice cream truck! Conductor Andrew Greene and the 11 piece Peacherine Orchestra celebrate Joplin’s hits including The Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer (the theme from “The Sting”) and much more! Musical fun for the whole family! 

As part of Walton Arts Center’s Colgate Classroom Series, a performance by Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra was offered as an Arkansas History linked field trip to area schools. Presented in partnership with Faulkner Performing Arts Center, Peacherine  will perform for more than 200 Northwest Arkansas students at the Faulkner Center the during the day on November 15.

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Ruthie Foster

Ruthie Foster featuring the U of A Inspirational Chorale

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 | 7:30 – 9pm

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Ruthie Foster brings her powerful voice and history to Northwest Arkansas. She comes fresh off the release of her album -  Joy Comes Back. Stemming from a story of love, loss, and fracture, Foster pours the heartache of her family’s fracture and the cautious hope of a new love into a moving performance. This performance will feature the U of A Inspirational Chorale and is presented in association with Walton Arts Center.

The performance is in association with 2019 Black Music Symposium Week.

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Victor and Penny

Victor & Penny and the Loose Change Orchestra

Thursday, February 14, 2019 | 7:30 – 9pm

Victor & Penny deliver swing-infused folk-jazz in the band’s signature high-energy style with joy, humor, and soaring musical improvisation. V&P were named “Best Folk Ensemble 2015” by the PITCH; “Standout Concert of the Year” by the Joplin Globe; and are two-time Folk Alliance International official showcase artists. Victor & Penny impress and delight with charm and hot licks and they are an "absolute rollicking blast."

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The Other Mozart

The Other Mozart

Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7:30 – 9pm

Sylvia Milo’s award-winning ‘The Other Mozart' is the true, untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer, who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim, but her work and her story faded away, lost to history. The one-woman drama is set in and on a magnificent 18-foot dress, created to fill and spill over the entire stage. ‘The Other Mozart’ is based on facts, stories and lines pulled directly from the Mozart family's humorous and heartbreaking letters.

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Trout Steak Revival

Trout Steak Revival

Friday, March 29, 2019 | 7:30 – 9pm

Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band.  The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to Rocky Mountain PBS.  They collaborate with school children in mentoring programs in Denver and Steamboat Springs.  Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Most recently, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band, and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. 

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Ilya Yakushev

Ilya Yakushev

Friday, April 26, 2019 | 7:30 – 9pm

Russian pianist Ilya Yakushev, with many awards and honors to his credit, continues to astound and mesmerize audiences at major venues on three continents. Yakushev received his first award at age 12 as a prizewinner of the Young Artists Concerto Competition in his native St. Petersburg. Since then he has received acclaim in North America, Europe, and Asia, including  the Winner of the 2005 World Piano Competition which took place in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

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