Release Date: 8/9/1999
CLARKSVILLE, Ark. --- A dazzling light and laser show, a well-known historian and television host, and a diverse musical group whose selections span six continents highlight the University of the Ozarks' 1999-2000 Walton Arts & Ideas Series.
This year's theme for the annual series is "The Millennium: Looking Forward! Looking Back!" The six selections in the series reflect both where we come from and where we might be going as we enter a new century, according to WAIS director Ginny Myers. All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. in Seay Theatre of the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus.
The series begins on Tuesday, Sept. 14, when The Arkansas Symphony under the baton of David Itkin takes the stage. The classical and pops concert will feature such selections as Aaron Copeland's Hoedown from Rodeo, Leonard Bernstein's Overture to Candide, Duke Ellington's Caravan, and a George M. Cohan Celebration.
On Oct. 16, Luma: Theatre of Light will perform a show blending various physical performances disciplines with new light technologies. Luma places audiences in a darkened theatre where three dimensional illuminated images paint a magical world of light, color and motion.
Tin Roof Tango: The Big Acoustic World Show takes the stage on Nov. 16. The five-person group plays more than 30 acoustic instruments from six continents, adding a bit of dance and a few jokes to their performance. The high-energy show features selections from South America, Africa, Australia, Ireland and the Orient, as well as old time fiddling, Cajun dance tunes, bluegrass and jazz.
On Feb. 8, Robert Post presents Here In America, an original form of entertainment that combines elements of physical comedy, theatre, dialects, mime and a spontaneous dialogue with the audience. An actor, comedian, dancer and juggler, Post blends sound effects, props, sets and comic timing to provide unforgettable entertainment.
Internationally acclaimed pianist Teresa Walters performs on Feb. 17. Walters' program, one of five concerts scheduled by her at U.S. Presbyterian Churches this year, includes several sacred works composed by the 19th century piano virtuoso Franz Liszt.
The Walton Arts & Ideas Series concludes on March 7 with an evening with James Burke, a science historian, author and television host and producer. Burke is known worldwide for his award-winning television series Connections, which aired on PBS. Burke will discuss the shifting technological and social landscape in our increasingly complex world.
Tickets to the 1999-2000 WAIS performances are $10 each. Season tickets, which can include either a single ticket to each of the six events or tickets that can be used in any fashion, is available for $40. For more information on individual performances or season tickets, call (501) 979-1349.
U of O is also taking applications for its organization Friends of the Arts, which is dedicated to the promotion of the arts in Johnson County. A $35 membership fee entitles members to have their names listed in programs for all WAIS and theatre events on campus, an invitation to attend a 1999-2000 WAIS kickoff party on Sept. 14, and several after-performance receptions throughout the year. For more information on Friends of the Arts, call (501) 979-1349.