Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ronnie Milsap brings a country Christmas to WAC

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Northwest Arkansas (November 29, 2013) Walton Arts Center is thrilled to present An Evening with Ronnie Milsap on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8pm. TRonnie Milsapickets range from $25 to $55 and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 479.443.5600 or by visiting

Ronnie’s single-night performance in Northwest Arkansas will include a slew of hits spanning his four-decade career as well as selections from his holiday album “Christmas with Ronnie Milsap,” which features traditional holiday songs such as “O Holy Night” and “It’s Christmas.” Noted for being country music’s first successful blind singer, Ronnie Milsap is considered one of the most versatile “crossover” singers to ever hit the charts. Crafting soaring piano ballads such as “It Was Almost Like A Song” and “Smoky Mountain Rain” and infusing them with R&B, pop, and rock-and-roll elements, Ronnie’s music has defied style boundaries, amassing fans from all music markets. After signing to RCA Records in 1973, Ronnie quickly saw success, scoring seven number-one hits by the end of the decade, including Grammy-winning “(I’m a) Stand By My Woman Man”.  A background in classical music as well as early exposure to North Carolina mountain music have served as the foundation for his unforgettable collection of songs and performances.

This performance of An Evening with Ronnie Milsap is presented by Popcorn Indiana. For more information about this performance or others, contact the Box Office by calling 479.443.5600 or by For more information on Ronnie Milsap, visit

1895 Hawkins House in Rogers Arkansas

1895 Hawkins House

December 1 through January 4, 2014 AN OLD WORLD CHRISTMAS theme tours of the 1895 Hawkins House


At the turn of the 20th from a number of national heritages, including the British Isles, Scandinavia, Germany, France, and Italy. Holiday traditions from those countries will come alive in the rooms of the museum’s historic house during these special theme tours.






Sunday, December 1, 12:30 to 4 p.m.


Enjoy holiday crafts, refreshments, and tours of the 1895 Hawkins House.


Exhibit Galleries and Main Office

322 South Second Street

Corner of Second and Cherry Streets in the Rogers

Historic District Rogers AR 72756


Education Annex

120 West Poplar

Hours Exhibits open Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5

Phone 479-621-1154




Entrance to Crystal Bridges, with "Yield" stainless steel sculpture by Roxy Paine; photography by Timothy Hursley.  Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Entrance to Crystal Bridges, with “Yield” stainless steel sculpture by Roxy Paine; photography by Timothy Hursley. Courtesy of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.

Thanks to high attendance and requests from visitors to access the museum earlier, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is expanding its hours beginning Nov. 23. On Saturdays and Sundays, the museum will now be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (previously opened at 11 a.m.). On weekdays, the lobby, library and coffee bar will open at 10 a.m., with the remainder of the museum opening at 11 a.m. as usual.

“We opted to expand our weekend hours due to the number of guests arriving early on Saturdays and Sundays and waiting for the galleries to open,” explained Crystal Bridges Executive Director Rod Bigelow. “Clearly there was an interest in earlier weekend hours, and we are happy to accommodate. Similarly, guests arriving early during the week can now visit the library or enjoy a cup of coffee before venturing into the galleries.”

New Museum Hours:

Monday, Thursday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Lobby, library, coffee bar open at 10 a.m.)

Tuesday: Closed

Wednesday, Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Lobby, library, coffee bar open at 10 a.m.)

Saturday, Sunday: 10 am. – 6 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Trails and Grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily.

Visit for more information.

Opera in the Ozarks Auditions

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Opera in the Ozarks Begins Preparations for Memorable 64th Season

National auditions set to take place in December and January

 Northwest Arkansas  — Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point, one of the nation’s premier operatic training programs, is pleased to announce its 2014 Season repertoire.

– Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte

              – Puccini’s Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

              – Sondheim’s Into the Woods

Located at a special place called Inspiration Point in the picturesque hills just outside of Eureka Springs, Ark., Opera in the Ozarks will begin its 64th season on Friday, June 20, 2014 and will run through July 18, 2014. During that four-week period, audiences will experience performances by the operatic stars of tomorrow in an intimate outdoor theater setting. These emerging opera professionals, selected through national auditions, will intensely train for four weeks prior to opening night and then go on to perform in 26 fully produced operas that are accompanied by a gifted orchestra featuring professional musicians from across the country.

Dr. Thomas Cockrell, Opera in the Ozarks’ Artistic Director (B.A., Yale University; M.M. and D.M.A, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Conducting Diploma, L’Accademia Chigiana, Siena, Italy), is currently the Director of the James E. Rogers Institute for Orchestral and Opera Conducting, established at The University of Arizona School of Music in 2007. Cockrell has also served as the Nelson Riddle Endowed Chair in Music, Director of Orchestral Activities, and Music Director of the University of Arizona Opera Theater since 2000.

Cockrell is equally at home on the symphonic podium as he is in the opera pit, regularly working with both professional and student musicians. In 2010 he was appointed Artistic Director of Opera in the Ozarks, where he had previously served as Music Director from 2003-05.

Dr. Cockrell has conducted the professional symphony orchestras of Dallas, Cincinnati, Phoenix, Tucson, Louisville and Boulder, as well as several in Romania, Italy, Mexico and South Korea. Operatic credits include productions for Dayton Opera, Opera Colorado, Opera Theatre of the Rockies and Washington D.C.’s Summer Opera Theatre. He served as the Associate Conductor of Cincinnati Opera, Opera Colorado, The Colorado Symphony Orchestra and the Spoleto Festivals, and Music Director of Denver Young Artists Orchestra. He was a member of the conducting faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp from 2006-08. Cockrell also frequently serves as conductor and clinician for regional and all-state music festivals. In 2008 he was the conducting master teacher for the College Orchestra Directors Association national conference, and is increasingly sought after for conducting master courses throughout the U.S. and in Mexico, Asia and Europe.

“The 64th Season of Opera in the Ozarks promises to be one of the most splendid yet. This year’s repertoire is outstanding with something for everyone.” Cockrell said. “And the exciting news to be released in the near future will make this season even more special.”

 Dr. Cockrell will be joined by other Opera in the Ozarks staff members who also come from professional opera companies and outstanding college music faculties — including independent specialists in areas such as stage combat, costumes, wigs and make-up, and master classes. The music staff numbers 22 plus an orchestra of 26 representing professional symphony players combined with advanced college players.

Since 1950, Opera in the Ozarks at Inspiration Point has proven to be the springboard for many talented singers who have gone on to grace the stages of major opera houses around the world.

Alumnus Mark Delavan puts it eloquently: “Everyone has heard the old saying, ‘every journey begins with a single step,’ and nowhere is it truer than in a professional opera career. Opera in the Ozarks was my first step in that career. It was there that I learned how to perform under pressure. I had already performed opera on the University level, but Opera in the Ozarks was the place where I could sing in the native tongue and in a repertory situation where I was singing and working every night. This was invaluable to me professionally. To know if one can do something, the safest way to find out is to do it.”

Delavan has gone on to make quite a name for himself in the world of opera. He performed at The Met in March and April 2013. He has also sung roles with other leading American companies including the Houston Grand Opera, the Los Angeles Opera, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the New York City Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pittsburgh Opera, the Santa Fe Opera, and the Washington National Opera. Outside of the United States, Delavan has made appearances at the Bavarian State Opera, the Berlin State Opera, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the Liceu, the Prague National Theatre and the Royal Opera House in London, among others.

There is great anticipation for the 2014 Season with exciting news to be announced in coming weeks. For information about this upcoming special announcement and to learn more about Opera in the Ozarks, the upcoming season and national audition process, or for ticketing information, visit the new and improved website at And, be sure to keep up with the latest updates by “Liking” Opera in the Ozarks on Facebook at