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MUSIC: Soprano on tour

Soprano Shaina Martinezwinner of the Female Voice category of the biennial National Federation of Music Clubs Young Artists Competition, will make five recital appearances in Arkansas with pianist Mary Scott Smith.

The program (entry to all performances is free):

◼️ 7 p.m. Thursday, Fine Arts Center, University of Arkansas at Monticello, 346 University Drive off US 425, Monticello. (870) 460-1060

◼️ Friday 11 a.m., Trinity United Methodist Church, 1101 N. Mississippi St., Little Rock, under the auspices of the Little Rock Musical Coterie. (501) 666-2813

◼️ 2 p.m. September 11, Central United Methodist Church, 2535 W. New Hope Road, Rogers, sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen Goss in memory of Mary Shambarger

◼️ 7:30 p.m. September 12, Mabee Fine Arts Center, Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita St., Arkadelphia. (870) 245-5129

◼️ 7 p.m. Sept. 13, Stilwell Humanities Music Hall, Texarkana College, 2500 N. Robinson Road, Texarkana. (870) 773-1118

On the program: “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” from “La Rondine” by Giacomo Puccini; four sets from Emily Dickinson’s poem “Will There Really Be a Morning?” by Richard Hundley, Lori Laitman, Ricky Ian Gordon and André Previn; a series of “French Ladies Composers” — “Lydia” by Gabriel Faure, “Jane” by Claude Debussy, “Phidyle” by Henri Duparc, “Sylvie” by Erik Satie and “Malvina” by Francis Poulenc; and three Gordon songs: “I Am Cherry Alive”,”A Horse with Wings” and “Joy”.

Martinez’s top prize in the competition, held virtually in June 2021, includes $20,000 and two years of concert bookings, including this five-performance tour.

solo violinist

Photo Violinist Jennifer Koh performs a program of solo violin works Friday at the Momentary in Bentonville. (Special for the Democrat-Gazette/Juergen Frank)
Violinist Jennifer Koh performs a solo recital at 8 p.m. Friday on the RODE House Stage at Momentary, 507 SE E St., Bentonville.

What’s billed as “an unforgettable night of contemporary classical music” includes “Thirst and Quenching” by Kati Agocs, “Anima” by Tania Leon, “Hail, Horrors, Hail” by Missy Mazzoli, “Brick Red Mood” by Ellen Reid, “Hot in My Veins” by Nina Shekhar, “Ultraviolet, Efflorescent” by Lester St. Louis, “Hover and Recede” by Wang Lu, “There Had Been Signs, Surely” by Nina C. Young, “Mina Cecilia’s Constitutional” by Patrick Castillo, “The Fragile Season” by Tonia Ko, “Descent” by Rafiq Bhatia, “For Violin Alone” by Vijay Iyer, “Together, But Alone (In Quarantine)” by Morgan Guerin, “Better Angels” by Ken Ueno, “Kindling” by Rajna Swaminathan, “Springs Eternal” by Anthony Cheung, “Shiner” by Cassie Wieland, “Windowsills” by Du Yun, “You Are Still Here” by Sarah Gibson, “Urman” by Adeliia Faizullina and “Cooper and Emma” by Angélica Negron.

Tickets are $30 general admission; $50 “bonus”; $24 temporary members; $15 students under 17 or with a valid student ID. Visit

“Violin Virtuosos”

Violinist Kiril Laskarov, co-concertmaster of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and pianist Carl Anthony perform works composed for and dedicated to famous violinists in a program titled “Violin Virtuosos,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke, 4106 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Petit Rocher North. It is the opening event of the 2022-23 season of the Church Festival of the Senses.

The program, adapted from a planned but canceled one for January 18, includes “Praeludium et Allegro” by Fritz Kreisler, attributed to Gaetano Pugnani; the first movement, “Allegro Moderato”, from the “Violin Concerto” in D major, op.35, by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky; “Meditation” from “Thaïs” by Jules Massenet; and Johannes Brahms’ “Scherzo” in C minor (from the “FAE” Sonata, a collaborative work that also includes movements by Robert Schumann and Albert Hermann).

Free entry. A get-together reception with the interpreters follows in the parish hall of the church. The performance will be streamed live and also viewable later on Call (501) 753-3578 or email

Laskarov and Anthony will rehearse the program at 3 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Presbyterian Shrine Kirk in the Pines, 275 Asturias Drive in Carmona Road, Hot Springs Village. Free entry; donations will go to the Hot Springs/Hot Springs Village Symphony Guild Children’s Concert Fund. Visit

ETC.: Victorian toy making

The thaumatrope, a Victorian toy made from a disc with an image on either side and attached to two pieces of string, is at the center of “Creation Station – Thaumatropes,” Saturday 10 a.m. to noon at the Rogers Historical Museum, 313 S. Second St. at Cherry Street, Rogers. Museum educators will teach attendees how to recreate this “wonder spinner” and demonstrate what entertainment was like before video games, cell phones and electronics. Make your own thaumatrope to take home. Free entry. Call (479) 621-1154 or visit