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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The worlds Matthew Castellano creates are full of color, activity, and intrigue. 

The south Florida native taught himself to draw, and hasn't stopped since. He's since moved into making prints, but continues to draw at a prolific pace.

Celeste Headlee has many titles: classically trained soprano, veteran public media journalist, and acclaimed author, to name a few. 

But to who she calls her favorite person in the world, she was just a granddaughter.

The opera world has its fair share of stars, and one hails from right here in Little Rock. 

Kristin Lewis has graced the stage around the world, including at her Metropolitan Opera debut earlier in the year. She's world-renowned for her well-focused, majestic sound, particularly in her signature role leading Giuseppe Verdi's Aida.

University of Central Arkansas

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. 

Jason Masters / Little Rock Soirée

On this week's Arts Scene, a spooky look at Ballet Arkansas's world-premiere season opener. 

The city's professional dance company is kicking off its 41st season with "Sleepy Hollow," an adaptation of Washington Irving's haunting tale of the Headless Horseman. 

Arkansas Symphony Orchestra

The Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season is well underway, and it's the first under the leadership of ASO Associate Conductor and Interim Artistic Director Geoffrey Robson. 

He's had numerous roles since joining the symphony, directing the Arkansas Symphony Youth Orchestra and hosting his concert preview show At The Symphony on KLRE Classical 90.5. Now, we'll hear a full season of concerts programmed by Robson, along with input from various stakeholders. 

Arts Scene: Conductor JoAnn Falletta

Sep 27, 2019
Cheryl Gorski

On this week's Arts Scene, a trip to the Islamic Golden Age, with a quick detour to 19th century Russia.

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" has become a staple of orchestral repertoires since its debut in 1888. Now, world-renowned conductor JoAnn Falletta brings her interpretation of the piece to kick off the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra's 2019-2020 season.

This week on the Arts Scene, we take a trip back to the golden age of rock and roll. 

The Arkansas Repertory Theatre's production of "Million Dollar Quartet" captures the fateful day in 1956 when Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley gathered at Sun Studios in Memphis for an unforgettable recording session. 

Today on Arts Scene, a radio show about opera; specifically, an opera made for radio. 

Opera In The Rock is staging Italian-American composer Gian Carlo Menotti's The Old Maid and the Thief, which had its debut on NBC Radio in 1939. 

Manuel Hughes: Arts And The Classroom

Aug 14, 2019
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Hearne Fine Art

Today's edition of the Arts Scene features  Manuel Hughes an Arkansan born artist.  

Manuel takes us through a journey of his early chidhood, his life and education and some of the his experiences that has informed his work as an artist.  

As Opera In The Rock prepares to open its first show of 2019, we'll hear from one person who's central to the production. 

Francesca Mondanaro hails from New York City, and has sung roles both stateside and abroad for many years. 

This week on Arts Scene is for the opera.

We speak with Opera In The Rock's Executive Director Kate Sain about their latest production, Puccini's "Madama Butterfly." We also hear from the show's director, David Ward.

Arts Scene: Metalpoint With Marjorie Williams-Smith

May 14, 2019
Majorie Smith-Williams

Metalpoint artist Marjorie Williams-Smith was born in Washington, D.C. where she started out with pencils and watercolors. As she grew up she spent hours drawing. Marjorie studied art in college at Howard University and worked as a graphic designer in New York before meeting her husband, Aj Smith.

Arts Scene: Writer Pico Iyer

Apr 29, 2019
Derek Shapton

Writer and journalist Pico Iyer hails from Oxford, England, and he's led a fascinating life. 

Known primarily for his travel writing, Iyer spent two years on the road with the leader of Tibetan Buddhism, the Dalai Lama. 

Brigitta Scholz-Mastroianni / Nux Photography

This episode of the Arts Scene takes us back to the Arkansas Repertory Theatre's 40th anniversary. 

The Rep's 2015-2016 season featured a series of three one-person shows. In this episode, we speak with two performers; Bob Paisley  and Joe Graves.