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Acclaimed country and bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band, the Poor Mountain Boys, will perform at KASU’s Bluegrass Monday on February 24 at 7 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke to Ulisse about her musical roots.

The Moipei Quartet, a vocal ensemble of four sisters from Kenya, will perform Saturday, February 22, in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Wendy Hymes, Fowler Center Director, about this concert.

The Foundation of Arts will present a community theatre production of the play The Scarlet Letter at the Forum in downtown Jonesboro February 22-24.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam, artistic and community development director of the Foundation of Arts, about this production.

The Delta Symphony Orchestra will present its Young Artists Concerto Concert Sunday, February 16, at 3:00 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  Grand prize winners from the DSO’s Young Artist Concerto Competition will perform along with the symphony and the Delta Symphony Youth Chorus.  Tickets for the concert are available now through the ASU Central Box Office.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Neale Bartee, Music Director and Conductor of the DSO, about this concert.

The fourth annual ‘Rockin’ The Night Away for the Paragould Band’ will be Friday, February 14, and Saturday, February 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre in downtown Paragould.  This concert features Paragould-area musicians performing rock-and-roll songs from the 1950s through the 1980s.  The concert is a benefit for the Paragould School District’s band programs, with proceeds going toward the purchase of new instruments.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Richie Williams, Director of Bands in the Paragould School District.

Christian singer-songwriter John Mark McMillan will perform at Williams Baptist College’s Manley Chapel in Walnut Ridge on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 p.m.  McMillan’s song “How He Loves” was named one of the 25 most influential worship songs of the past 25 years, and he has been nominated for numerous Dove Awards.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with McMillan about his music.

The ASU Fowler Center welcomes a very unique theatrical production this weekend.  Lightwire Theatre will present “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Tortoise And The Hare” Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 9, at 2:00 p.m.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the co-creator of Ligthtwire Theatre, Ian Carney.

The Arkansas State University Museum will host two activities for Black History Month.  An exhibit of photographs by Nadia Bates is on display this month.  Also, TinkerFest, a hands-on display of items by African-American inventors, will be presented Saturday, February 8.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Dr. Marti Allen and Jill Kary about these events.

Dr. Chris Wilson and Dr. Lauren Schack Clark, ASU Music Department faculty members, will perform a trumpet-piano recital at ASU-Jonesboro Tuesday, February 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Recital Hall.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Wilson and Clark about this rare opportunity for audiences to enjoy a recital of this type.

The Harlem Quartet will perform Monday in Riceland Hall as part of ASU-Jonesboro’s Lecture/Concert series.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Ilmar Gavilan, one of the members of this string quartet, about the group’s unique mission and repertoire.

The strings and soloists of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra will perform Thursday, January 30, at 7:30 p.m. in Riceland Hall of the Fowler Center at ASU-Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with the symphony’s music director, Philip Mann, about this upcoming performance.

The Foundation of Arts will present a stage adaptation of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” this weekend at the Forum Theatre in downtown Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with FOA Community Development and Artistic Director Kristi Pulliam and with actor Reid Shelton who portrays George Bailey onstage.

The Foundation of Arts will present a stage adaptation of the film “It’s A Wonderful Life” this weekend at the Forum Theatre in downtown Jonesboro.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with FOA Community Development and Artistic Director Kristi Pulliam and with actor Reid Shelton who portrays George Bailey onstage.

This weekend, the Foundation of Arts will present its annual production of The Nutcracker.  KASU’s Marty Scarbrough spoke with Kristi Pulliam of the FOA, who said that this year’s show will be a bit different than the one presented in recent years.

The annual "Messiah Sing " occurs Sunday afternoon at the First United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.  In this Spotlight on the Arts feature, KASU's Mike Doyle sits down with director of "Messiah Sing" Kelly Kraft and Paul House, with the Helping Neighbors Food Pantry.  Click to hear this feature.

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