Arts Scene

Sundays at Noon on KLRE & at 5:30 p.m. on KUAR
  • Hosted by Ann Nicholson

Arts Scene explores what's happening in the arts in Arkansas. Since 1985, Ann Nicholson has produced and hosted this weekly fine arts magazine.

Where there is an arts performance, art exhibit, or a literary artist with a new book, Nicholson is there. She maintains close connections with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Repertory Theatre, UALR Artspree and Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony in Eureka Springs.

"I want our listeners to gain a new experience from each program. I look for persons in the arts that I think will not only indulge my interests, but also those in the audience. I try to give them a little bit of extra personal background that they wouldn't get anywhere else," says Nicholson.

Born in India, the daughter of a British Army Officer, and educated in India, Kashmir, Scotland, and England, Nicholson immigrated to Canada in 1958 and then to the United States in 1962. She received a double BA degree in music education and music history from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. Nicholson continued her graduate education in Musicology at the University of Kentucky. Ann was the recipient of the 2003 Aha! Cultural Spirit Award, in recognition of her years of work supporting the arts community in Arkansas.

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Arts Scene: Mendelssohn And Visconti

Jan 28, 2016

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What has been called the best-known violin concerto in the world, the best-loved, most easily recognized? All of these apply to the violin concerto by Felix Mendelssohn. An Arkansas audience will certainly be caught up in it from the opening measures January 30-31. The soloist, Kiril Laskarov, is the Arkansas Symphony's Concert Master. He is from Bulgaria, where he received his training, up to his bachelors degree, from the state academy of music in Sofia. In 1995 he won the Bulgarian national competition and all that implied before moving to America where he earned his masters degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. He was brought to Arkansas by then-maestro David Itkin to be one of the newly established co-concert masters. He is now in his 17th year with the ASO. 

Peter and the Starcatcher

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Arkansas Rep's fourth show of its 2015-2016 season was a bit upstaged by the headlines announcing its director Bob Hupp's resignation, but that news will be two weeks old when Peter and the Starcatcher opens on January 22. Another departure from the usual for Peter and the Starcatcher, is that this is a shared production with Theatre Squared, the northwest Arkansas repertory theater in Fayetteville, which held the production slot for its Christmas show which closed January 3. 

Georgia State University

Carroll Freeman is one of the three judges who will be in Little Rock January 16 for the Metropolitan Opera National Council, Arkansas District auditions. He is an acclaimed singer and performer, known in Arkansas for the years he spent directing Opera in the Ozarks.

Arts Scene Archive: Debi Holmes Binney

Jan 3, 2016

The fourth and final holiday special from the Arts Scene Archives: An interview with author Debi Holmes Binney that first aired Dec. 15, 2000.

Writer Debi Holmes Binney, on a quest for some resolution in her life, spent 40 days and nights alone in the Great Salt Lake Desert keeping a log of the procession of time and what happened to her within it.

Her book, Desert Sojurn, chronicles that experience and how she survived. A few years ago, from November 11, to December 20, she had some truly extraordinary moments. From life threatening to sole satisfying.

Arts Scene Archive: A Cup Of Christmas Tea

Dec 27, 2015
A Cup of Christmas Tea

The third holiday special from the Arts Scene Archives: Author Tom Hegg reads from his poems A Cup of Christmas Tea and A Memory of Christmas Tea.  He and Nicholson also discuss Hegg's life and writing. This program originally aired Christmas week of 1999.

Arts Scene: The Willows in Winter

Dec 20, 2015

Arts Scene host Ann Nicholson performs her yearly Christmastime reading of The Willows in Winter.

Arts Scene Archive: Victor Kulbak

Dec 13, 2015
"VKwikilastanim" by Victor Koulbak - Own work. Licensed under GFDL via Commons -

The first of four holiday specials from the Arts Scene Archives: Silverpoint artist Victor Koulbak speaks with Arts Scene.

Silverpoint drawing is a technique that had long fallen into disuse from its heyday in the 15th and 16th centuries when it was favored by such masters as Leonardo DaVinci and Hans Holbein.

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The Arkansas Chamber Singers has given its Christmas Concerts recently in the Old State House Museum, a setting not only artistically, but more importantly, acoustically satisfying, so satisfying that it bids fair to becoming a tradition. John Erwin, director of Choral Studies at UCA in Conway, is the artistic director and conductor of the Chamber Singers, and gives details of the program as well as the theme for the 2015-16 season.

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The DDG Trio, Linda Holzer

Feb 19, 2015

Ann speaks with the DDG Trio about its upcoming  performances in the ASO's River Rhapsodies series and with pianist Linda Holzer about her recent performance at UALR.

Anonymous 4 will perform at Christ Episcopal Church in Little Rock, Friday, February 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Ann talks with Marsha Genensky, the group's American music researcher, about this program, which focuses on songs of the American Civil War.

The UALR Department of Theatre Arts and Dance presents Scotland Road. Ann sits down with Jay Raphael to discuss the production.