Opera in the Ozarks opens a summer music festival

Elsewhere in entertainment, events and the arts this weekend:

MUSIC: Opera on the mountain

Opera in the Ozarks begins its 2022 Summer Music Festival with Giacomo Puccini’s La Rondine at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Theater, 16311 US 62, five miles west of Eureka Springs.

The 2022 season, entitled “Love of the Rocks”, focuses on the love that went wrong and includes a company of 37 young singers and a professional orchestra gathered from across the country in a total of 22 fully staged and costumed opera performances by July 22nd.

“La Rondine” is in the repertoire (19:30 Wednesday and 2, 6, 13, 16 and 22 July and 15 July 10) with productions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart “Cosi fan tutte” (19:30 Saturday) and June 30, July 5, 8, 12, and 21 and 3 p.m., July 17) and Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music” (7:30 p.m. Tuesday and July 1, 7, 9, 15, and 20, and 3 p.m. July 3).

The season also includes:

◼️ “Pinocchio”, a children’s advertising production (adapted and with the libretto by John Davis, played to music by Mozart, Jacques Offenbach, Gaetano Donizetti, Giovanni Pergolesi, Sir Arthur Sullivan and Giuseppe Verdi) in places in Northwest Arkansas.

◼️ Concert with chamber music, 6:30 pm on July 18 at Inspiration Point.

◼️ Two Broadway cabaret, 7:30 pm on July 14 at Millar Lodge on Mount Sequoyah, 150 N. Skyline Drive, Fayetteville, including heavy hors d’oeuvres, and 6 pm on July 19 at Crescent Hotel, 75 Prospect Ave., Eurekas Springs . which includes dinner. (Both cabaret establishments will have cash bars.)

Single tickets are $ 25- $ 30, with discounts for children and students under 18; $ 40 for the Fayetteville Cabaret, $ 65 for the Eureka Springs Cabaret. Call (479) 253-8595 or visit opera.org.

Children’s rhythm

Host will be the Arkansas Arts Council and the Mosaic Templar Cultural Center “And the rhythm doesn’t stop,” children’s performance for hip-hop lyrics, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday at downtown, 501 W. Ninth St., Little Rock. The young people will perform songs created by them at a seminar on May 28 at the center. Admission is free. The seminar is a partnership between the center, the Central Library System of Arkansas – in particular the Hillary Rodham Clinton Library and Training Center – and the Arkansas Arts Council, and is in connection with the current exhibition at the center. “Visit facebook.com/events/2035474653313711 or email [email protected] or [email protected]

THEATER: “Practical cats”

The Jonesboro Arts Foundation is staging the musical “cats” (music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on TS Eliot’s “Book of Practical Cats of the Old Possum”), 19:30 today-Friday, 18:00 Saturday and 14:00 Sunday at the Forum Theater 115 E. Monroe Ave., Jonesboro . Neil Barty conducts the Delta Symphony Orchestra. The sponsors are St. Bernards Healthcare and Medical Group Tickets are $ 18- $ 20, $ 16- $ 18 for children, seniors, military and Arkansas State University students, faculty and staff. Sunday’s show is to pay what you can. Call (870) 935-2726 or visit foajonesboro.org.

FUN: Celebration of moose

The Buffalo River Moose Festival returns to downtown Jasper Square, Arkansas 7 a.m., 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Arkansas. (Newton County is billed as the “moose capital of Arkansas,” according to a press release.)

Friday’s program includes music starting at 1 p.m., culminating in a headliner of 7 southern country artists and southern rock. Saturday’s activities actually begin at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast at the American Legion Hut, followed by a children’s fishing derby at Bradley Park (registration begins at 8 p.m.). The trial for the Dutch Cook-off stove starts at 1 pm at Harp’s Realty on Arkansas 7, after which festival visitors can try the results; The winner will be announced at the 3rd Arkansas Elk State Championship Calling Race starts at 1:15 p.m. After a series of live musical performances, the festival ends with fireworks at 9:50 p.m.

Admission to the festival is free; there is a fee for cups for tasting cooking. Find a complete schedule and map of activities at buffaloriverelkfestival.com. Call (870) 416-2708.

Ian Holm (left), Bruce Willis and Mila Jovovich save the world from the supreme evil in The Fifth Element. (Especially for Democrat-Gazette / Fathom Events)
“Elementary” screenings

Fathom Events and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment mark the 25th anniversary of the release of Luc Besson’s film The Fifth Element bringing it back to the big screen, 3pm Sunday and 7pm Wednesday at Breckenridge 12 and Colonel Glenn 18 at Little Rock, Cinemark Town Center at Conway, Razorback Cinema in Fayetteville and Malco Ft. Cinema Smith at Fort Smith. The screening will also include an interview with Besson plus footage from the film. For ticket information, visit fathomevents.com.

DR .: ‘Potluck, Poison Ivy’

Stephanie Street, CEO of the Clinton Foundation, “headlined” this month Potluck & Poison Ivy, today at The Joint, 301 Main St., North Little Rock. The doors open at 6 pm. The “musical guests” will be Salty Dogs. Tickets, $ 35, include dinner. Visit potluckandpoisonivy.org.

Street oversees the strategy and management of the Clinton Presidential Center and the Presidential Leadership Scholarship Program on behalf of the foundation. Street has worked for eight years at the Clinton White House, having previously served on Capitol Hill as a staff member on the United States Senate Budget Committee.

photo Isabel McCall (left), Christy Altomare, Cindy Winters and Susan Egan will “be” Disney princesses for “The Disney Princess Concert” on October 29 at the Robinson Center’s showroom in Little Rock. Tickets go on sale on Friday. (Especially for the Democrat newspaper)
Singing princesses

Tickets – $ 31- $ 66 plus possible fees – are on sale at 10 a.m. Friday for “The Disney Princess – The Concert”, 7pm Oct. 29 at Little Rock’s Robinson Center Performance Hall, 426 W. Markham St. on Broadway. “Quartet of All Broadway Stars and Cartoon Icons” – Christie Altomare, Susan Egan, Courtney Reed and Cindy Winters (subject to change) – will perform more than 30 Disney Princess songs with “his magic music director” [Benjamin Rauhala] and the enchanting prince [Adam J. Levy]celebrating all the Disney princesses in an unforgettable evening of songs, animation and stories, “the press release said. Call (501) 244-8800 or (800) 745-3000 or visit RobinsonCenter.com or Ticketmaster.com.

Royal comedy tour

Comedians Somor, Bruce Bruce, Arnes Jay and Lovell Crawford, 17-year-old Royal comedy tour this fall will stop at North Little Rock at 8pm on October 28 at The [email protected] Bank Arena, a more intimate imprint of the arena with a reduced number of seats. Tickets – $ 63- $ 103 plus taxes and fees – go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Ticketmaster.com or at the arena box office.

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