Searcy, Ark. – Harding University Department of Music has announced its 2019-20 Arts and Life performance series. The series includes performances by David Walton and Mark Bilyeu, The Queen’s Cartoonists, the Russian String Orchestra with Scott Carrell, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet, Christy Altomare, the Carion Wind Quintet, and Seraph Brass.
David Walton, tenor, and collaborative pianist, Mark Bilyeu Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
Harding alumnus David Walton will take center stage in a recital of arias and songs by Bach, Mozart, Rossini, Britten and others.
The Queen’s Cartoonists Thursday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m.
Enjoy classic and contemporary animations on the screen while the band recreates the original soundtracks. “Who needs another Broadway show when you can hire a jazz combo playing music from Bugs Bunny Cartoons?” – The Wall Street Journal
Russian String Orchestra under the direction of Misha Rachlevsky, with Scott Carrell, piano Wednesday, Oct. 30, 8:15 p.m.
Praised by the Washington Post for their “gleaming tone quality, finely nuanced timbres, carefully shaded textures and focused ensemble coordination,” the Russian String Orchestra returns to Searcy for an encore performance. The concert will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20 expertly played by Harding’s own Scott Carrell.
In a centennial celebration of their father’s birth, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet will play music and video clips honoring jazz legend Dave Brubeck.
Christy Altomare, Valentine’s Day themed benefit dinner Tuesday, Feb. 11, Dinner at 5:30 p.m., Concert at 7:30 p.m.
The third annual Arts and Life Valentine’s Dinner in Harding’s Cone Chapel will feature a gourmet dinner prepared by University chef Anthony Tally. Following the dinner, Christy Altomare, the original “Anastasia” on Broadway, will share an evening of her favorite tunes.
Carion Wind Quintet Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Based in Denmark, Carion has enjoyed a rapidly growing internet following for several years and is now embarking on their first tour in the United States. These top-tier musicians bring classical music to life with choreography that reflects the musical conversations embedded within each work.
Seraph Brass Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
Seraph Brass is a dynamic brass ensemble drawing from a roster of America’s top female brass players. Their debut studio album released in January 2018 has been widely praised and earned them a Silver Medal Global Music Award.
All performances will be held in the Administration Auditorium except Seraph Brass’ recital, which will be held in the Reynolds Recital Hall located on the west side of Burks Boulevard. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Season passes are available for $35. Tickets to attend the Valentine’s dinner will be sold separately. For tickets and more information, visit harding.edu/artsandlife or call 501-279-4343. For other Harding events and free or low-cost services available to the public, visit harding.edu/community.