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'Blown Out of Their Chairs'

Musician moves audiences without any words

Subscriber only"That's maybe been my greatest asset in my music. People say, 'I'm sitting in the audience bawling my head off.' And that happens all the time. That emotion of being moved to where they have tears all the time -- it's much more difficult to do it with an instrument than with a lyric." Continue reading...

Fans Asked, He Sang

Not everything’s Irish in McCrystal’s world

Subscriber onlyIrish singer Eamonn McCrystal is crisscrossing the country right now with Chloe Agnew -- a member of the Celtic Woman ensemble -- to play 15 cities in 18 days. But it's not 15 shows of Celtic music. The duo will perform Christmas songs, some songs from McCrystal's latest album and a few tunes audiences may not realize have Irish roots. Continue reading...

Prime Time For Singing

Schola Cantorum joins SoNA for Christmas concerts

Subscriber onlyStephen Caldwell is excited about Christmas -- not just because he and wife Maura have a new baby boy to share it with. The holiday season, says Caldwell, is prime time for groups like Schola Cantorum, the premiere choral ensemble he directs at the University of Arkansas. Continue reading...

Deck The Halls

Holiday festivities include theater, art, music

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Creating A Christmas Custom

‘Elf’ brings friends, families to Faulkner Center

Subscriber onlyNicole Cotton fondly remembers her childhood holidays, with dinner on Christmas Eve with one set of grandparents and dinner on Christmas Day with the other, waiting until dark to open gifts and caroling around the neighborhood for hours. Continue reading...

Best Bets: December

Singing Mormons, Sandi Patty, Miss America come to town

Subscriber onlyA new calendar, "Best Bets" will look at the most exciting events of the coming month. It will appear on the first Friday of every month in What's Up! Continue reading...

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An Inspired Homecoming

Popular string quartet expands with mandolinist

Subscriber onlyCamden Shaw figures he must have been about 7 years old when he watched his father conduct influential cellist David Finckel in a small orchestra. Sure, his family had already hoped to play together as a quartet with Camden at the cello, but it was from that moment he says he knew he really wanted to pursue the instrument. Fast forward a few years and now Shaw, still just in his late 20s, is the cellist for what is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand quartets in the world. Continue reading...

Every Time A Bell Rings...

Silver Dollar City brings Christmas to life

Subscriber onlyEvery time a bell rings, Kevin Day gets his wings. But after four years, he's still hoping he'll learn to fly someday in his role as Clarence in the Silver Dollar City production of "It's a Wonderful Life." Continue reading...

'Magic And Love'

Theatergoers have ‘Great Expectations’ for T2 classic

Subscriber onlyAdapting Charles Dickens' sprawling Gothic novel "Great Expectations" for the TheatreSquared stage turned out to be no easy feat, according to playwright and TheatreSquared Artistic Director Robert Ford. Continue reading...

A Mixture Of Traditions

Favorite Christmas ballet comes to WAC

Subscriber onlyEven if you've never seen a performance of "The Nutcracker," it's likely you are at least familiar with the music -- though you might not know it. Tchaikovsky's iconic score -- which celebrates its 125th anniversary next year -- has become a Christmas staple, irrevocably bound to the spirit of the season. Continue reading...

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'Tis The Season

Holiday fun warms up Northwest Arkansas nights

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A Joyful Noise

Barbershop chorus spreads Christmas cheer

Subscriber onlyWhen you think of "barbershop music," it's likely you immediately picture four men in striped suits and straw boater hats bouncing out classic tunes. If you do, you're not wrong, but there's also a lot more to the barbershop style of music than men's quartets -- like the Dazzling Diamonds Chorus, for instance. The nonprofit chorus includes more than 20 women, from their 20s to their 70s, sharing their love of music and barbershop a cappella style with the community. Continue reading...