The Southeast Arkansas Concert Association will kick off its 2021-22 season on October 9 with A Salute to the Troops at the Fine Arts Center on the University of Arkansas at Monticello campus.

The program is an American variety show celebration featuring area performers including Charles Graham, Clay Young and Yvonne Shelton. There will be two performances, one at 2 p.m. and another at 7 p.m., according to a Southeast Arkansas Concert Association news release.

The event is a membership drive and a fundraiser for the Southeast Arkansas Association.

Tickets for “A Salute to the Troops” are $20 for adults and $15 for children 12 and under. There will be no admission charge for veterans and military. Face masks are required for all events at the UAM Fine Arts Center. Social distancing is not required at this time, according to the news release.

Rodney Block

Later in the month, Rodney Block & The Love Supreme will perform at the UAM Homecoming Tailgate Party. Block, a Dumas High School and UAM alumni, is arguably one of Little Rock’s best trumpet players and most iconic jazz artists. The event will be held on October 16, at 12 p.m. It is a free event. Masks are encouraged, but not required for outdoor events, according to the news release.

On November 12, Dr. Kent Skinner will direct the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra at the UAM Fine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. The event will be open to “outside voices from the community to join his UAM Concert Choir and invited soloists in a highly fun, musical production of The Pirates of Penzance Musical Review,” according to the news release.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for veterans, and $15 for children 12 and under. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required at the door before entering. Anyone interested in singing is asked to contact Dr. Skinner at [email protected]

West Edge String Quartet

On December 5, SEARK Concert brings a live performance of Christmas Around the World by the West Edge String Quartet.

The award-winning Christmas album will be performed on stage at the UAM Fine Arts Center at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for veterans, and $15 for children 12 and under. Face masks will be required.

Kermit Poling, conductor of the South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, plays first violin in the West Edge String Quartet.

The new year will usher in a show by New Orleans-based Tuba Skinny  on January 22. Show time is 7 p.m.

Tuba Skinny

Formed in in 2009, Tuba Skinny has evolved from a loose collection of street musicians into a solid ensemble dedicated to bringing the traditional New Orleans sound to audiences around the world.

Tuba Skinny draws from a rich blend of musical influences — from spirituals to Depression Era blues, from ragtime to traditional jazz. Their sound evokes the musical heritage of their New Orleans home.

Tuba Skinny has gained a loyal following through their distinctive sound, their commitment to reviving long lost songs, and their barnstorming live performances.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for veterans, and $15 for children 12 and under. Masks and proof of vaccination will be required at the door to enter Tuba Skinny performance.

Rounding out the season in March, the SEARK Concert Association will present a community theater musical featuring talented community members in The Little Mermaid, Jr. on March 7 through March 12. Thirteen shows are scheduled. Six of those are free to third grade students in Southeast Arkansas Southeast through the Schools Majoring in the Arts (SMARTS) program.

“The Little Mermaid is the most refreshing musical story that will ignite your imagination, stir your desire for adventure and restore your love for live performance,” said Kathy Lyon, the community theater director.” This is sure to be one of our best-ever musical theatre productions.”

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for veterans, and $20 for children 12 and under. Masks will be required.

Season tickets are available at the following prices: $100 for one (Associate), $200 for two (Friend), $300 for three (Investor), $400 for four (Patron), $500 for five (Sustainer), and $600 for six (Benefactor). Tickets also will be sold separately for each event.

SEARK Concert is in its 45th year of providing cultural programming for residents in Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Desha, Drew, Cleveland, and Lincoln counties.

 

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