Art and nature meet at the Artosphere festival


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MUSIC: Artosphere festival

the Artosphere: Arkansas Arts + Nature Festival returns, full throttle, to northwest Arkansas with outdoor performances, orchestral concerts and chamber music performances, starting with a show by Trout Fishing in America, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks, 4703 N. Crossover Road, Fayetteville. Admission is by free ticket. Call (479) 443-5600 or visit

The festival, celebrating “art, music and nature,” according to a press release, runs through May 27 at venues across the region. Symphony, opera and classical music programming (all ticket prices plus fees):

◼️ Opera Fayetteville stages “Second Nature,” a chamber opera for two by Matthew Aucoin, Saturday at 8 p.m., Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center, 495 W. Dickson St., Fayetteville. $15-25

◼️ Dover Quartet and arx duo with Natalie Christa present the world premiere of Steve Mackey’s “Memoir,” May 18 at 7 p.m., Starr Theatre, Walton Arts Center. $15-25

◼️ “Live from Crystal Bridges: Mozart in the Museum”, with pianist Benedetto Lupo, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, 7 p.m. May 19, Great Hall, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, 600 Museum Way, Bentonville. $49

◼️ “Tango & Passion, Music of Piazzolla, Martucci, & Mendelssohn,” Artosphere Festival Orchestra, 10×10 Arts Series, with bandoneon soloist Hector del Curto, 7:00 p.m. March 23, Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. $10

◼️ Seraph Brass, 6 p.m. May 24, Memorial Park Chautauqua Amphitheater, 317 S. Mt. Olive St., Siloam Springs. Free

◼️ “An Evening of Strauss and Stravinsky”, Artosphere Festival Orchestra, Baum Walker Hall, Walton Arts Center. Richard Strauss: “Don Juan”, “Four Last Songs” (with soprano Tiffany Townsend); Igor Stravinsky: Suite “The Firebird”. $15 to $67

◼️ Artosphere Festival Orchestra Off the Grid, 7pm May 26, venues and performers to come. Free

Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem perform Thursday at the Starr Theater at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville, as part of the Artosphere 2022 festival. (Special at the Democrat-Gazette)
Additional music (all ticket prices plus fees):

◼️ Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. $33

◼️ The Cate Brothers at Railyard Live, Friday 8 p.m., Railyard Live, 101 E. Cherry St., Rogers. Free – $20.

◼️ Funk Factory at Railyard Live, 8 p.m. Saturday, Railyard Live, Rogers. Free – $20.

Additional events and exhibits:

◼️ “Sol”, until May 31, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center, exhibition celebrating “themes of energy, light and sustainability”, including an Artosphere-themed sculpture made from recycled materials; five energy-inspired large format paintings created by local public schools and community groups; and two pieces designed and created by Walton Arts Center staff “that conjure up images of sunlight in its various forms”. 10am-2pm Monday to Friday and 60 minutes before performances and during intermission. Free

◼️ Trail Mix on the Frisco Trail, 5 p.m. Friday, focused on downtown Fayetteville, with artists and activities stationed along the trail. Free

◼️ Indie Films Artosphere, 7 p.m. May 26, Starr Theater, Walton Arts Center. $15

IBLA Musicians

Global Ties Arkansas is partnering with the IBLA Foundation, centered in Ragusa, Italy, to organize a concert of the winners and nominees – pianists, singers, instrumentalists and composers – during the 31st edition IBLA International Music Competition7 p.m. Monday at Temple B’Nai Israel, 3700 N Rodney Parham Road, Little Rock.

The program includes two guitarists – an Italian, Maria Criscione, who will perform works by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Joaquin Rodrigo and a sonata by Leo Brouwer; and a Brazilian, Octavio Deluchi, who will play works by Rodrigo, Joao Luiz, Vicente Paschoal and Astor Piazzolla.

Also on the program: Japanese flautist Haruna Furukawa, performing works by Kazuo Fukushima, Toru Takemitsu, Franz Doppler and the arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Bruce Stark; Italian accordionist Luigi Giordano, performing pieces by Franck Angelis, Cesar Franck, Anatoly Kusyakov and Johann Strauss Jr.; the American improvising pianist Alexander Kato-Willis; two other pianists — Georgian Tamara Licheli, performing pieces by Franz Liszt, Frederic Chopin and Sergei Prokofiev, and Italian Armando Sabbarese, performing pieces by Liszt, Henry Cowell, John Cage and George Crumb; and an American whistler, Michael Barimo, who will test three selections of opera: the aria “Queen of the Night” from “The Magic Flute” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; “Merce Dilette Amiche” from “I Vespri Siciliani” by Giuseppe Verdi; and “L’air des bijoux” from “Faust” by Charles Gounod.

Free entry. The concert is dedicated to the Ukrainian people. A reception sponsored by Trio’s Restaurant and Capi Peck follows.

The Little Rock tour includes a Monday morning performance at Gibbs International Magnet Elementary School and masterclasses at Boys’ Catholic High School.

Performances are also scheduled for 7 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church, 308 W. Main St., Jacksonville; at a time to be determined Tuesday at Lyons College in Batesville; at a time to be determined Wednesday at Harding College in Searcy; and at a time and location in Hot Springs that have not yet been identified Saturday. Arkansas is a stopover en route to Carnegie Hall, where the band will perform on May 10.

Call (501) 940-9743 or visit

THEATER: “Revolutionary” play

Arkansas Public Theater Stages “The revolutionaries” by Lauren Gunderson, 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday and May 12-14 and 2 p.m. May 15 at the Victory Theater, 116 S. Second St., Rogers. The play focuses on four women – a playwright, an assassin, former French queen (and ribbon fan) Marie Antoinette, and a Haitian rebel – during the French Revolution’s reign of terror. The piece contains mature content and strong language. Tickets are $35-$40 for single cabaret seats, $70 per table of two. Balcony seats are $30, $35 for two, $20 for students. Call (479) 631-8988 or visit


“Civil War in Benton County: Untold Stories”, focusing on true stories of bushwhacker attacks, food shortages and other daily life and death challenges for civilians in war-torn northwest Arkansas, opens Saturday at the Trammel Gallery of the Rogers Historical Museum, 313 S. Second St., Rogers. The exhibit, through November 12, shares personal stories from letters, family histories and other documents, as well as artifacts including clothing and part of a family blanket that survived the Battle of Pea Ridge. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Free entry. Call (479) 621-1154 or visit


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