Arts Scene: Soprano Christine Donahue/Sculptor Chukes

Oct 25, 2019

Christine Donahue
Credit University of Central Arkansas
Chukes
Credit chukesart.com

This week on Arts Scene, a glimpse into the musical life of an unlikely opera singer. 

Listeners may know Florence Foster Jenkins from the 2016 movie of the same name, starring Meryl Streep. Jenkins graced the stage in early 20th Century New York, singing some of the greatest pieces of the vocal repertoire. 

The only problem, though, she couldn't quite carry a tune. 

Soprano Christine Donahue returns to Opera In The Rock to play Jenkins in the two-person play "Souvenir: A Fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins" on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Arkansas Repertory Theatre in Little Rock. 

Donahue spoke with the Arts Scene about her close connection to Jenkins, as well as the freedom that comes with not having to nail every note. 

Later in the program, we hear from California-based sculptor Chukes, whose organic, ethereal clay works elicit a heavenly aura from the human form. 

A selection of works by Chukes is on display at Hearne Fine Art in Little Rock, as part of the exhibit "Ubuntu: I Am Because We Are." The exhibit runs until Nov. 2.