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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Baritone Mischa Bouvier And Theatre Squared

Feb 1, 2015

Baritone Mischa Bouvier will visit Arkansas to perform for the Chamber Music Society of Little Rock Thursday, February 5.

Theatre Squared in Fayetteville will present Look Away by Bob Ford. Performances run now through February 22.


Jul 25, 2014


Robert Ford, artistic director of TheatreSquared

An interview with author Carla Killough McClafferty about her latest book, Fourth Down and Inches: Concussions and Football's Make-or-Break Moment.

Wildwood Academy of Music and the Arts Summer Program

Jul 13, 2014

Guest: Dr. Tatiana Roitman Mann, Wildwood’s Music Director

From June 9 to July 18, students will work with internationally recognized musicians and artists in two and three week sessions. More experienced students will participate in orchestra and various ensembles, including piano.

The Wild Music Suzuki program will engage beginners in daily Suzuki violin classes. During the Orchestra session, young players from all instrument groups will explore orchestral repertoire ranging from the classical era to the 21st century.

Arkansas Literary Festival & Arkansas Choral Society

Apr 20, 2014


Catherine Coulter, best-selling author coming to Little Rock for the 11th annual Arkansas Literary Festival

Kent Skinner, Director of Arkansas Choral Society 


Christopher Theofanidis, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's Composer of the Year. He talks about the work he was commissioned to write for the symphony's musicians.

Bob Ford and Martin Miller with TheatreSquared. They talk about their production of Hamlet in the Studio Theatre at Walton Arts Center's Nadine Baum Studios.

Steve Owen at Artspree & Dublin Guitar Quartet

Mar 30, 2014

Rachel Barton Price and Geoff Robson with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra talk about "Rock Camp," a three-day intense music camp for youth happening March 28-30.

Alan Douglas and Case Dillard discuss "Tuesday at Morrie," a play that opens at the Weekend Theater in Little Rock on April 4. 

The Hourglass Project

The Hendrix College Department of Theatre, Arts, and Dance will produce the world premiere of The Hourglass Project, by award-winning playwright Lee Blessing, on Wednesday, March 5, through Friday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m. in Cabe Theatre.

Admission is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended.  

Martina Filjak

Pianist Martina Filjak is a guest on this week's program. She is set to perform Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto # 1 in B minor with the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, as part of the ASO's Masterworks season opener. She discusses her childhood in Croatia and how she kept focus on her training despite undergoing the hardships of her country's War of Independence. She comments both on her career since that difficult time and on the piece she is slated to perform at her upcoming concert in Little Rock.