Last of the ‘Sweet Sounds’
Robert Cochran, the curator for the Old State House Museum’s exhibit “Send You Back to Arkansas: Our Own Sweet Sounds II,” will appear at the museum for a book signing and reception on Wednesday, April 27, from 4-6 p.m. His second book concerning Arkansas music, “Our Own Sweet Sounds: A Celebration of Popular Music in Arkansas,” will be available at the reception.
The exhibit of Arkansas music memorabilia, which has run for more than two years, will end April 30. It has evolved to include a touch screen DVD and audio experience with exhibits ranging from Johnny Cash to Evanescence.
The Conway Symphony Orchestra will debut a piece by Paul Dickinson as well as feature music by Leonard Bernstein and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in a concert Friday, April 22, at the University of Central Arkansas’s Reynolds Performance Hall. Dickinson’s work is “Variations on a Theme of Paganini for Marimba and Orchestra.” Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $15 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Call the Reynolds box office at 501-450-3265.
Spring in the Wind
The Little Rock Wind Symphony features works ranging from “War Songs from the Celts” by Percy Grainger to “English Dances” by Malcolm Arnold to works by Bach in its Spring Concert at Second Presbyterian Church, 600 Pleasant Valley Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21. Admission is free. Call 666-0777 for more information.
Popular works by Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Webb and Lee Greenwood are on the bill for the Natural State Brass Band in its free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at Immanuel Baptist Church, 501 N. Shackleford. Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” arranged by Kevin Edwards, highlights a program that also includes “Amparito Roca” by Jaime Texidor, arranged by Aubrey Winter.
Also, David Stern, the director of bands at Hendrix College, will play the Euphonium Concerto by Philip Sparke. A group of local female singers will join in on Duke Ellington’s “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Call 217-8785.
Helena, Eureka Springsfeature classic rockers
Jefferson Starship, the 1960s-70s rockers reformed by original Jefferson Airplane members Paul Kantner and Martin Balin in the 1990s, will appear at Eureka Springs on Friday, April 22, and in Helena on Saturday, April 23. The Helena performance is part of a major music and motorcycle festival, the Wild Hog Rally. The show Friday at Eureka Springs’ City Auditorium is at 8 p.m., and tickets are $40 and $75.
The Wild Hog Rally will also include the Classic Rock Allstars (members of Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly, Blues Image) at 8 p.m. Saturday, followed by the Miss Wild Hog finals and Jefferson Starship in downtown Helena. The stage is in the 100 block of Cherry Street, and admission to the all-day festival is $10, with Saturday’s music starting at 10 a.m. Music kicks off Friday with Mustang Sally and more from 6 p.m. to midnight. The motorcycles will converge all three days with rides, field events and more. Visit www.wildhogmusic.org for registration info.
Celebrate Earth Day
Music, environmental and political speakers, 75 vendor booths, a silent auction, demonstrations and more will highlight Conway Earth Day at the Faulkner County Fairgrounds on Saturday, April 23. The day starts with a bicycle parade starting from three locations in the city (Conway High School, UCA and Hendrix College) at 10 a.m. and leading to the fairgrounds. The all-day music lineup includes singer-songwriters, spoken word groups, storytellers and blues. Jasper’s Flip Off Pirates conclude the festival with their jam starting at 8:30 p.m.
The event is free. For directions or more information, visit the website at www.conwayearthday.org.
Last of the ‘Sweet Sounds’